On Thursday the Duchess of Cambridge spent the day making sticks, paintings and building paper boats. Where did a royal do these things you might ask.
On Thursday Kate Middleton visited the young Beaver Scouts headquarters, located in the eastern edge of London. The Duchess, who herself was once a Brownie as a young girl and has acted like an adult volunteer as well, said that she would love for her children to follow in her footsteps and one day joins the scouts also. It seems that George and Charlotte will have lots of outdoor adventure in the future if this does come true.
“She said she would like them to go into the scouting community because she loves what it stands for — that it’s a very open and inclusive way into life,” said 14-year-old Lauren Noble, who helped show Kate around. “She said it would be a great thing for them to get involved in.”
Noble joined the Duchess of Cambridge as she arrived and admired the youngsters’ badges. “She said it was very impressive that they’d done so much at such a young age and how many skills they could learn.”
During her visit, the mother of three checked out a fun den made of sticks, helped the youngsters pick up leaves and branches and took part in hand-painting on a tree marking the centenary of the scouting headquarters.
“She got fully involved with the hand painting, and ended up with a green hand,” said Kameron Liddar, 16, who helps at a scout group in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. “As a mum, you can see she has the talents. She was very friendly with them and knew what to do with them. She wasn’t afraid to get a little bit grubby.”
Tahseen Patel, 17, said that she discussed different cultures with Kate.
“She said she’d like to get her children involved and how you learn so many skills for life in the scouts,” said Patel. “I talked to her about the mosque and how important it is for religion and scouting to blend together and how we have to learn about each other’s religions and be united with each other.”
“She emphasized how important it is to understand each other and learn about each other’s religion and cultures,” the teen added. “She is really humble. I was nervous — we all were — but she was a normal humble human being. She made us feel comfortable.”
There the Duchess met with parents, leaders and children taking part in trials for a new pilot program for the youngest scouts. The new program has been exploring the potential of providing scouting to children between the ages of 4 and 6, as some research has shown that the first five years of the child’s life are more important to development, as well as future health and happiness, compared to any other period in the child’s lifetime.