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Beavers and cubs clean up town's act

PUBLISHED: 10:45 28 June 2003 | UPDATED: 14:03 03 March 2010

GLOBE-trotting beavers and cubs have helped clean up Felixstowe's little piece of America.

The youngsters took part in a litter pick at the resort's McDonald's drive-in fast-food restaurant - and were rewarded with a meal, T-shirts, pencil cases and PE kitbags for their efforts.

GLOBE-trotting beavers and cubs have helped clean up Felixstowe's little piece of America.

The youngsters took part in a litter pick at the resort's McDonald's drive-in fast-food restaurant – and were rewarded with a meal, T-shirts, pencil cases and PE kitbags for their efforts.

Mandy Button, beaver leader of the 8th Felixstowe Cub and Beaver Scouts, said the group has been making an imaginary journey around the world in their meetings and activities, learning about other lands and cultures.

The "trips" had included planting Dutch bulbs at the Collimer Court sheltered complex for the elderly in Walton, and having an English cricket match and traditional tea in Langer Park.

They built Lego pyramids to learn about Egypt, and had an African safari through The Grove woodland to look for exotic animals, and a kangaroo hunt, volleyball and barbecue to learn about Australia.

"When it came to America, I asked McDonald's if they would like the boys to do a litter pick and they were delighted. Afterwards, they gave us meals and other gifts and the boys really enjoyed it," said Mrs Button.

"Hopefully, they will have learned how important it is to look after the environment and, if they are ever thinking of dropping litter, what hard work it is to clear it up."

Thirty-six cubs and beavers, aged six to ten-and-a-half, took part in the litter pick under the guidance of akela Jo Cracknell, leaders Carl Cracknell, Suzanne Cruz, Claire Aguilar-millan , Gill Allum, Emma Ellis, and several parent helpers.

They collected about a dozen sacks of litter from Peewit Hill, around the McDonald's site and an access road at the back of the land in Walton Avenue.

They still have some places to visit on their trip round the world – and are looking forward to a talk on Thailand, recent host of the world scout jamboree.

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