1st Bishopsteignton Scout Group is an ever-growing and dynamic group who thoroughly enjoy working towards various badges. Recently, the Scouts have explored their connection with the world and the enormity of the global scouting movement; 40 million members; 400,000 in the UK alone.
Following the creation of a sculpture down on the Teign estuary last year, where the Scouts undertook a litter pick and used their findings to create a seahorse, they were keen to develop this idea of recycled outdoor art. When their creative badge came up this year, the challenge of entering TRAIL was suggested and was met with enthusiasm by the youngsters.
They have all seen and enjoyed previous years’ exhibitions and in the initial brainstorming session, had lots of ideas to kick start the project. The annual summer camp is one of the highlights of their year, and they all wanted the sculpture to incorporate this theme.
They also wanted to capture and celebrate the idea of unity in the global scouting movement. This theme seems particularly pertinent at present where there appears to be increasing global division.
The final vision, put simply, will be a circle of 7 scouts, representing each of the different scouting world regions. These scouts will be linked together around a campfire and surrounded by a tent-like metal structure adored with world flags and bunting, and include a leader overlooking the whole scene.
The scouts were also keen to involve all sections within 1st Bishopsteignton scouting, and now Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers (ranging from 6-18 years) have joined forces to take responsibility for different elements:
The 7 scouts have been made by the Scout section out of plywood boards, recycled from the old scout hut cupboard doors; the current scout hut has been deemed unsafe for use so we are recycling its contents in the project! They have already painted the front of the boards with flags from Finland, Russia, Egypt, Panama, Australia, Nigeria and Britain and will complete the reverse sides with a scouting moto using outdoor paint donated by various members of the community. The exhibit can therefore be enjoyed from all sides.
The scouts have also written to scouts in each of the countries above as part of their international badge, and plan to incorporate responses/badges received into the sculpture. Responses, coupled with their own ideas of what scouting means to them, will be written on the bunting in weather proof fabric pens.
Their next job is to sew 7 neckchiefs and cut the plain flags/bunting from donated bed sheets in preparation for Bishopsteignton Village festival to be held in June. Here we shall be inviting the community to fabric paint other world flags onto the bunting ready to hang on the tent like structure surrounding the sculpture, which will be constructed from old greenhouse frames kindly donated by Peter and Marilyn Hepworth.
The Scouts’enge of creating the leader in the form of a scarecrow, so will hopefully look reasonably life-like and will be wearing a recycled leader’s uniform. They are using old cushion innards and tights for the stuffing.
We fully expect our finished sculpture to be constructed from well over the required 70% of recycled materials.
Size including height, width and depth:
The maximum dimensions for our finished sculpture will be 4 by 4m sq foot by 2.5m high.