YOU Croydon Challenge
The YOU Croydon challenge was held at Royal Russell School on Saturday 2 June.
Young people from eight YOU organisations in Croydon competed in a ‘round robin’ programme of stands, with each organisation running a different stand.
The Army Cadets ran an observation and memory game followed by a ‘grenade’ throwing task (water balloons – not grenades!); the Guides a ‘paper planner exercise to develop creative planning skills and the Scouts brought a climbing tower.
The Air Cadets hosted a paper plane competition; the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades created an ’escape room’ exercise; Royal Russell School CCF ran a Rifle shooting competition; the Sea Cadets a ‘Command Task’; and the Volunteer Police Cadets a fingertip search.
The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Humayun Kabir, visited the event and spent time talking to the young people he met.
Following a prize-giving ceremony where Sarah Jones MP presented YOU London pin badges, and a speech by Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Croydon, Colonel Ray Wilkinson, who praised the team-work and spirit of the event, the day ended with a well-earned BBQ. T-shirts, pin badges and the BBQ were funded by YOU London.
Many thanks to Royal Russell School for being such accommodating hosts. We’re already looking forward to the 2020 event!