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Scouts relaunch Bob a Job

1 September 2010

If you thought cleaning the car was a big job, four groups of Scouts will have a bigger job on their hands when they help to launch Scout's Job Week this Sunday.

At Devonport Naval Base a group of Scouts will be cleaning the Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) HMNZS ROTOITI.

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Andrew Hogg said, “It is fantastic to be able to support the Scouts in a community initiative like this, and will be a great opportunity for the Scouts to experience something a little different as well. While onboard they will be carrying out traditional naval routines like scrubbing decks and polishing brass work. However, it won’t all be hard work, as they will also get the chance to have a tour the Base and some of the Navy’s newest ships.”

At Ohakea the Royal New Zealand Air Force has provided an Iroquois and a fire crash appliance for the Scouts to clean and at Burnham Military Camp Scouts will help make an Army Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) muddy then will be handed the equipment to clean it.

In Dunedin, 4 Otago Southland Battalion Group will provide a Unimog truck and ambulance (both very dirty) for cleaning at the tooth sculpture at the head of the harbour in Portsmouth Drive.

SCOUTS Job Week is a reinvention of the old ‘Bob a Job’ concept from the 70s where Scouts were paid to do odd jobs in the local community.

Over 10,000 Scouts are expected to take part in SCOUTS Job Week which will take place around the country between 20 September and 10 October.

SCOUTS New Zealand National Fundraising and Marketing Manager Tony Hickmore said, “The concept of Scouts undertaking work for a just reward has been an important part of the development of young people in the community for many years.

“We hope the local community gets behind SCOUTS Job Week and provides a variety of fundraising activities that our young people can participate in.

“We are sure the Scouts involved in these three activities will have a great time and we are very grateful to the New Zealand Defence Force for their support of SCOUTS Job Week.”

ENDS

Media wishing to attend any of the events should contact
Navy: Lieutenant Sarah Campbell, Defence Communications Group, 021 244 0638

Army: Burnham - Jane Wright, Defence Communications Group, 021 224 8658. Dunedin - Major Peter Amyes, Otago Southland Regiment, 027 637 7899

Air: Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group, 021 569 130

Before 4.00pm, Friday 3 September:

Note: Drivers licence or equivalent ID is required to be shown on entry to all Defence facilities.

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