The Scouting Memorial Project is a national project to raise awareness of “the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire”. It came about through a group of Explorer Scouts during a Diamond Chief Scout Award expedition, with the aim to create a Scouting memorial at the Arboretum amongst the other Youth organisations represented there.
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After the 64th Birmingham Scout Group contacted Gilwell; collaborated with their local Network members, and were hardened to the aims of the project by the injuring of a Network member during active service, everyone agreed that the Scouting Memorial Project was the right thing to do.
Currently the fundraising hit their target of £80,000 within 6 months, and they are currently £4000 short of hitting the extended target of £140,000. The money is going towards creating a detailed, interactive design for everyone to enjoy; the design being a circular campfire that also represents the ‘Gone Home’ tracking sign, and will involve an everlasting fire in the centre alongside 3 statues of young people sat around the edge, with a statue of a leader watching on. The outside of the memorial will also enclose aspects every country in the world, to show that Scouting is truly global.
You can find out more about the Scouting Memorial Project, and how you or your young people can get involved with it, on their website at http://www.tsmp.org.uk. The Scouting Memorial Project were interviewed during the 89th Gilwell Reunion camp on the first weekend of September 2015.