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Scout attends Buckingham Palace launch event

PUBLISHED: 09:44 22 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:44 22 November 2013

Ben Morante joins Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace for the launch of Step Up To Serve

Ben Morante joins Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace for the launch of Step Up To Serve

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An Isle of Dogs scout was selected to visit Buckingham Palace yesterday to help launch a new volunteering initiative.

Ben Morante, 11, was one of just two Scouts nationwide to represent the organisation at the event, which was also attended by Prince Charles and the leaders of the three main political parties.

Step Up To Serve is an initiative that promotes the benefits of volunteering and aims to get 50% of young people in the UK volunteering in some way by 2020.

Pledges from a range of organisations and businesses to enable more young people to volunteer were made at the launch event.

Ben said: “I’m really excited to be taking part in the launch at Buckingham Palace today.

“Volunteering is really important and can make a big difference to communities.”

The 2nd East London Scouts, which Ben attends, have recently been involved in raising money and supplies for victims of the Philippines typhoon as well as helping to sell poppies for Remembrance Day.

The Scout Association pledged to recruit an additional 14,000 adult volunteers by 2020 in order to allow an extra 62,000 young people across the country to join troops.


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