Eye scouts spend night in boxes to support homelessness charity

Beavers of 1st Eye Scouts group prepare for a night in cardboard boxes to raise money for homelessness charity Shelter.
Beavers of 1st Eye Scouts group prepare for a night in cardboard boxes to raise money for homelessness charity Shelter.

Young members of the 1st Eye Scouts Beaver group gained a valuable insight into the lives of homeless people after a recent night spent inside their very own cardboard box shelters.

Supported by homelessness charity Shelter, 21 Beavers stayed overnight in the Eye Scout Hut from Friday, February 25 to Saturday, February 26, constructing and decorating elaborate cardboard structures, which they then slept inside.

The event managed to raise a total of £110 in support of Shelter, which provides support, advice and legal services to homeless people.

Kari Fountain, the 1st Eye Scout Group’s Beaver Leader, said: “This was a fantastic event for us to learn so much and was enjoyed by all.”

During the evening, the Beavers carried out a group discussion about the issues facing homeless people, including the circumstances that can lead to it, and the places they could go to seek help.

The group also tried to simulate what it might be like not knowing where and when their next meal may be, by having dinner at a soup kitchen and eating breakfast directly out of small cereal boxes.