When I was 8 long before the Scout network started the Beaver concept, I joined the 12th Crosby and 172nd Liverpool pack of cubs and I was a very enthusiastic cub, even rising to the rank of sixer. At the age of 11 I transferred to the scout group and again had the privilege of being promoted to lead the team I was part of. I mention this because I think it is fantastic that Henry has promoted the role of the scouting and guide networks in Crawley in his comment shown here. However and it is a big however, there are numerous other volunteer based youth activities across the nation and indeed in Crawley and it seems vital that MPs like Henry understand this and are willing to speak in Parliament with that clear sense of understanding. Even within the uniformed section of youth provision there are a great many more than Scout and Guide organisations and even within the Scouts there are Beavers and within Guiding there are Rainbows along with the Brownies and then Guides and Rangers.
Of course standing up and talking about such matters is much more of a challenge than writing about them, but the risk is that the words fail to reflect the real picture of what is going on in a town like Crawley, let alone across the nation. It is clearly vital for our Parliament and local MPs like Henry to spend some time understanding what there is in their constituency and of course these men and women have been very busy over the last 3 years ensuring that we all understand what is going on in their workplace and where our nation is headed. However perhaps the youth organisations in Crawley along with other locations could take a few minutes to send over an invitation for their MP to visit them, so that in the future when people like Henry stand up to call for acknowledgement of their work, they actually can call on a more diverse set of examples than Scout and Guiding and the state based youth agencies! Indeed perhaps the many places of worship that run youth activities could invited him over and at the same time Henry could approach the Crawley Community & Voluntary Service (CCVS) agency and ask them for a list of places he could visit over the next ten weeks while he waits for Parliament to start up again properly!
Alternatively given that Mims Davies used to live in Hurstpierpoint and was a Councillor in Mid Sussex, perhaps her comment and broader knowledge could help to direct Henry to use his time to extend his understanding of the youth provision in his constituency.