British Scouts return home following expedition to Kenya

Nyakoe Safe House in Kissi
The 23rd Bromley Scout Group at the Nyakoe Safe House in Kissi. Photo: Facebook/23rdBromleyKenya2018

Members of the 23rd Bromley Scout Group recently returned from an international scout expedition which saw them taking part in a seven day charity project in Kisii, with UK based charity Harambee for Kenya. 

To prepare for and fund the trip, the troop had organised various fundraising events over an 18 month period. Not only did the money raised cover the costs of the expedition, but it also allowed the scouts to pay for two water butts for the house which will drastically reduce the number of trips the boys have to make to collect water from the river for cooking, cleaning and washing. 

Nyaoke Safe House Water Butts
The Nyakoe Safe House water butts paid for by the scouts’ fundraising. Photo: Facebook/23rdBromleyKenya2018

In addition, they scouts took 33 bags filled with 23kg of donations of shoes, clothing, towels, footballs, stationary and hand tools with them on the trip which were distributed locally.

Before arriving at the safe house, the scouts travelled to Nakuru, stopping off at the resting place of Scout movement founder Lord Baden-Powell where they renewed their promise.

Lord Robert Baden-Powell grave in Kenya
23rd Bromley Scout Group at the grave of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the scout movement. Photo: Facebook/23rdBromleyKenya2018

The following day, they visited Nakuru National Park before beginning their work at the safe house.

Scouts at Nakuru National Park
23rd Bromley Scout Group during their trip to Nakuru National Park. Photo: Facebook/23rdBromleyKenya2018

Harambee, which is Swahili for ‘All Pull Together’, provides a place of safety for homeless Kenyan children where they can sleep, receive medical help, food and education.

While working with the charity at the Nyakoe safe house in Kissi, the scouts took part in project work including art classes, helped with general maintenance and even organised a traditional British sports day for the children.

Nyakoe Safe House
The 23rd Bromley Scout Group working on the Nyakoe Safe House in Kisii. Photo: Facebook/23rdBromleyKenya2018

They also built a barbeque, fitted entrance steps and painted walls during their time with the charity.

Nyakoe Safe House BBQ
The 23rd Bromley Scout Group with the barbecue they built for the Nyakoe Safe House. Photo: Facebook/23rdBromleyKenya2018

After their charity work had been completed, they set off on their seven-and-a-half hour drive to Camp Carnelley on Lake Naivasha where they took part in a walking safari and searched for hippos on the water.

Camp Carnelley on Lake Naivasha
The Bromley scouts at Camp Carnelley on Lake Naivasha. Photo: Facebook/23rdBromleyKenya2018

For the final two days of the trip, the scouts headed to Rowallan National Campsite, and from there enjoyed a meal at Carnivore, and trips to the David Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary and Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre.

The 23rd Bromley Scout Group at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre. Photo: Facebook/23rdBromleyKenya2018

Speaking about the Kenyan expedition, scout leader Alan Alexander said “The expedition has made a huge impact on not only the local children, but also our scouts.” 

Rowallan National Campsite
The scouts say goodbye to Kenya at the Rowallan National Campsite. Photo: Facebook/23rdBromleyKenya2018

For more photographs from the 23rd Bromley Scouts’ trip to Kenya, please visit their expedition Facebook page.

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