Scouts encourages young people to make world better through tech

The organisation has partnered with Plusnet to launch a digital camp for young people aged 11–18

Scouts and Plusnet have partnered to launch a digital camp for 11–18-year-olds.

Running from 9–10 November, the Plusnet x Scouts: Preparing for the Future collaboration kicked off with a digital camp at Scouts HQ in Gilwell Park, London.


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The camp saw Scouts from Sheffield and London engage with topical issues such as the environment, mental health, and homelessness, encouraging the use of the internet to make the world a better place.

Part of the weekend-long event was comprised of a hackathon, in partnership with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, in which the Scouts used online connectivity to code solutions to the topical issues raised.

Because of climate change, we’ve decided to create a bin target that uses technology to stop littering.
– Safa, 14, Scout

Inventions from the hackathon included:

  • A digital diary to translate emotional words to emojis for people with autism;
  • A gamified basketball-style bin which rewards people who recycle;
  • An app to track carbon footprints and rewards environmentally positive decisions with points to obtain eco-friendly products such as LED lights and metal straws;
  • A timed flashing light to help regulate breathing for people suffering with panic attacks;
  • A ‘happy bot’ that recognises faces and gives compliments to people suffering with loneliness.

The hackathon was judged by a Dragon’s Den-style judging panel, made up of representatives from Plusnet, Scouts, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and TV presenter Reggie Yates.

Safa, 14, a Scout from Newham, said: “Because of climate change, we’ve decided to create a bin target that uses technology to stop littering. In general, Scouting is quite in touch with nature and in future we want to preserve that and the environment.”

While Scouts may be known for teaching young people how to be prepared for life through traditional practical skills, we wanted to help take this into the digital age.
– Andy Baker, Plusnet

Scouts have also launched their Hack at Home Pack, which gives young people from across the UK a chance to try using their digital skills for good. The pack is available at newsroom.plus.net/Scouts

Plusnet will also provide Scout HQs across the UK with free broadband, starting with 100 locations.

Andy Baker, CEO of Plusnet, said: “While Scouts may be known for teaching young people how to be prepared for life through traditional practical skills, we wanted to help take this into the digital age. By connecting Scouts HQs and facilitating ways for them to make positive changes through the power of the internet, we hope to create a lasting legacy that puts digital skills at the forefront of their amazing work.”


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More information on the Scouts is available at https://www.scouts.org.uk/

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