As part of community life programme, our Explorer and Scout sections teamed up to to learn more about the role of government, and how it affects their lives.
The first stage of this programme was to stage our very own State opening of the Houses of Parliament. All of the Scouts and Explorers played the key roles, as we reenacted the process. This included all of the key parts, and statements, made during the event. Even Lisa, our assistant unit leader, played the part of HM The Queen, with her version of the Queen’s speech. Although, the measures on compulsory homework in her speech came as a shock to our wannabe Parliamentarians.
Following the completion of our ceremony we moved into the our own House of Commons, for a range of Parliamentary debates. The debate subjects, although chosen by the leaders, were entirely lead but the scouts and explores themselves. The subjects covered including Donald Trump’s travel ban, the Refugee crisis, and whether age limits should be scrapped and replaced by parental permission. All of our members did themselves proud with some very reasoned, and sometimes passionates arguments on both sides of the debates.
To culminate this programme, the following day, we visited the Houses of Parliament for a guided tour. We were shown around the Queen’s throne room, House of Lords, Central Lobby, commons voting lobby, and the House of Commons. The scouts even got to experience what it was like to stand in the benches of both houses!
Throughout the tour they were asked many questions by our guide, and their background knowledge from the previous demonstrated that they understood the role of Parliament in our daily lives.