The residents and staff of the Tithebarn Care Home in Crosby received three visits to the home, by the three scout sections from the 12th Crosby (172nd Liverpool St Luke’s) Scout Group. The visits were arranged by Mary Piert, the activities organiser at Tithebarn, as part of a national project to help connect care homes with the community at large.
The Ormskirk and Bootle Group Vice Chairman Graham Chambers, who is also a scout leader at the 12th Crosby Scout Group, accompanied by the other scout leaders, brought the three groups to the home.
The ‘Beavers’ were the first scout section to visit the home and are the youngest age group, with their ages ranging between six and eight years. The beavers in small groups sat with the residents showing some of the games they play at their meetings and told the residents some of the tales from their scout camps; after having biscuits and a drink provided by the home the beavers returned to their scout hall.
After a short break the next group arrived, these are the older section the ‘Scouts’ who are aged between 10 and 14 years old. The members demonstrated to the residents some of their mapping and compass skills and showed a DVD from one of their summer camps. At the end of the visit the scouts presented with enthusiasm to the residents and staff the scout promise and scout law. To their surprise some of the residents joined in, remembering their days in the scouts and even recited the version of the scout law and promise from when they themselves were members.
A couple of days later the third visit was made to the home by the ‘Cub’ section. The cubs brought with them some rope ends and demonstrated to the residents some of their pioneering skills, showing a number of different knots which included reef knots, sheet bend, clove hitch, bowline and sheep shank. At the end of the visit Mary Piert was invested as an honorary scout and was presented with the neckerchief of the 12th Crosby Scout Group.
Mary then thanked the scout leaders, Graham Chambers, Tim Hodgson, Dave McWilliam, and to all of their assistant leaders and helpers who visited the home, with the interaction between the young and old being a delight to witness.