Safer Travels for Local Cubs and Scouts
The Earl Shilton Scout Group had a lesson in smarter, safer bus travel last week, when a team from Arriva Midlands joined them for a day of fun and facts on the buses.
As part of its ongoing initiative to promote the benefits of public transport to youngsters, Arriva joined forces with the local group to showcase just how much freedom bus travel could offer them, so long as they’re sure to travel safe and savvy.
During the interactive and informative session, Earl Shilton’s Cubs, Scouts and Explorers had chance to learn more about bus etiquette, drivers’ blind spots, getting on and off safely, and paying securely, before all hopping on board for a day out in the city centre.
Chris Ordish, from Earl Shilton Scout Group said: “A big thanks to Arriva for supporting us with this activity. It’s great to teach our young people about different ways of helping with the environment by using public transport. For some of our youngsters living out of the city, this was their first time on a bus, and as we can all appreciate, it could have been a scary prospect for them. But with the Arriva angels helping them each step of the way, it was fantastic. Thanks to the Arriva team, we got to explore the City in areas where we wouldn't normally go. And young people were able to gain loads of badges whilst doing it, which was brilliant. We’re really looking Forward to working with Arriva again in the future to help role this kind of activity out across the county.
“To top it off, all the money we spent on bus fares was donated back to our group, and we are using it towards our new ‘scout hut build’ fund.”
Simon Finnie, Area Managing Director for Arriva Midlands South, added: “Buses are a great way to get around, and with so many interesting and fun things based along many of our routes, it’s perfect for youngsters wanting a to go and gain a little bit of independence with their friends. We’re of course conscious that all our customers are able to travel safely with Arriva, and particularly where children are concerned, we want to offer their parents and guardians a little piece of mind that their loved ones are safe with us. That’s why we think it’s important to work with groups like Earl Shilton Scouts to make sure that the younger generations are equipped with all the information they need to make sure they can get around without worry.”
Top: Cub Rowan, 10, builds the cardboard bus inside his goodie bag
Middle: Arriva's bus driver Nadine Philips takes the cubs and scouts through travelling safely on the bus before taking them out for the day
Bottom: Arriva's Toby France (far right) takes the bus fares from (left to right) Theo 8, Alex 8, Nathan 10, and Finlay 10