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Volunteer shows off her super powers in national Volunteers Week

A power worker from Sittingbourne is drawing on all her superpowers during national Volunteers Week to organise a superhero-themed campsite for 100 beaver scouts.

From Press releases - 1 June 2017 12:00 AM

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District Beaver Scout Leader in the Sittingbourne and Milton District, Megan Banting, is taking time out from her busy job at UK Power Networks tomorrow (June 2) to set up her first district beaver sleepover this weekend (June 2 to 4) at Bexon Lane Scout Campsite in Bredgar.

The beavers will spend two fun-packed nights under canvas at the campsite enjoying rides in go-karts converted into Batmobiles, a Spiderman-themed climbing wall and Superman-themed archery. Rifle shooting, power kites, crafts and campfires are planned.

The superheroes campsite is running during national Volunteers Week (June 1-7), an annual celebration of the contribution millions of volunteers like Megan make across the UK. The event encourages others to make a difference by volunteering for a cause they care about.

UK Power Networks, which delivers Kent’s electricity supplies, gives staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer or fund raise in their local community. Last year staff gave over 2,700 hours to good causes in their communities through the company’s volunteering scheme and Megan is relying on the initiative to get the campsite superhero-ready in time.

Megan, a business support assistant at UK Power Networks, said: “Some people think I’m mad for running a camp for the whole district of beavers but it’s going to be great – that’s my mantra. It’s really good being given time to organise this event. It takes the pressure off and means I can give my time without worrying.”

As well as being District Beaver Scout Leader for 11 groups in the district, Megan is also the leader of 4th Milton Regis Beavers, which meets each Wednesday in a local church hall.

Megan said; “I give my time to see the smiles on the children’s faces. They join us at six, we nurture them, teach them things they wouldn’t necessarily learn at home and watch them grow in confidence. It’s not like school, we are not their mums and they respond to us differently.

“If people like me didn’t give up their time each week the children wouldn’t get the same opportunities. I know from experience that Scouting makes people more rounded because I was in the Scouts from the age of six and it gave me a huge amount of opportunities and confidence.

“With volunteering, you don’t realise you are missing something in your life until you have given your time and received thanks in return. You don’t know what you are missing until you try it. I have been a volunteer my whole life and it is second nature to me.”