Scouts 'bob a job' week returns

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The Scouts 'bob a job' week scheme is making a comeback almost two decades after it was scrapped for safety reasons.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls (pictured) is supporting the scheme, which leaders hope will reignite the movement's traditional commitment to helping others.

Bob-a-job week, first introduced after the Second World War, became an annual activity where boys knocked on doors to ask for work to do and expected a shilling in their fundraising envelope in return.

But it was abolished in 1992 as health and safety rules, the rise of compensation culture and fear for the safety of children made the door-knocking tradition impossible to sustain.

Now 60-year-old campaign will return in a modern form next May, designed to comply with health and safety laws and to avoid the risk of compensation claims.

Instead of offering to wash cars or mow lawns for a shilling, the new 'community week' will see Scouts offering help to hospitals, care homes or volunteer groups.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: "Volunteering is at the very heart of scouting. All scouts promise to help other people and there is no better way of showing this than getting involved in your community. I hope that as many scout groups as possible will get inspired in this celebration of their communities."

It believes around 400,000 boys and girls – the Scouts attracted more girl recruits than boys last year – will get involved. Those who call for help will be asked to make a donation, on-line or by text, as opposed to the old-fashioned method of putting a shilling in an envelope.
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