Meccano Partnership with Scouts to Build Britain

Meccano, the leading brand in construction toys, have announced a new 12 month long partnership with the Scout Association, with the intention of promoting creative learning amongst both boys and girls in the 6-10½ age group.

The Meccano Creative Challenge will be an integral part of qualifying for the Beaver and Cub creativity badge. Beavers and Cubs will have to complete several creative challenges exclusively using Meccano, and these will include creating models that are personalised, unique and individual.

Beavers and Cubs are also eligible to enter the Building Britain with Meccano challenge which is a nationwide event. This will involve both designing and building an iconic local British landmark such as Blackpool Tower or the Angel of the North.

All those who participate will be invited to attend the Beaver/Cub fun day which is to be held in June 2012 at Gilwell Park and their models will be placed in position on a ginat map of the whole of the British Isles. A star prize will be awarded to the pack or colony whose model is deemed to be the best by the Judge Sue Barrett, who is the country manager for Meccano Uk Ltd.

Sue Barratt, Country Manager, Meccano Toys (UK) Ltd, says: “The Scout Association is a perfect fit for Meccano. Our brands are valued and trusted so the fit is excellent. Our mission is to promote traditional play that encourages children to stretch their imagination. The other beauty of Meccano is the collaborative qualities that it brings. Parents can join in with their children, in the same way that leaders and peers can work together to make ever more creative constructions.

“To celebrate our partnership with The Scout Association, we are launching the ‘Building Britain with Meccano’ competition for Beaver and Cub groups across the country. When groups register to attend the Beaver/Cub Fun Day at Gilwell Park in June 2012, they will be invited to take part. Entry is on a first come first served basis. Each successful entrant will receive a supply of Meccano from which they will construct their model of a local landmark.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to work towards a badge and to enter a competition which could see them winning piles of Meccano prizes.”

Simon Carter, Assistant Director, the Scout Association said “The Meccano partnership is a great fit with Scouting. The Scout Movement encourages young boys and girls to be creative in all that they do. Meccano provides the perfect tool to harness the creative thoughts and ideas contained within every Cub Scout.”

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