Jack Collison with his water filter.

A South Wootton youngster has become the first in Norfolk to complete a new “Scout in the House” challenge.

Seven-year-old Jack Collison, a Beaver Scout with the 12th King’s Lynn Scout Group, has been very busy during lockdown.

He has tackled a number of tasks including learning the Beaver Scout promise in sign language and pitching tent in his garden to take part in a Scout camp.

The challenge was set by Norfolk Scouts to keep Scouting a part of young people’s lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jack also made and displayed a Rainbow of Hope poster, made a water filter and completed at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.

His mum, Lauren, said: “We started working towards Jack’s Beaver badges to stop him being on the Xbox all day, and then once we started we couldn’t stop.

“Jack enjoys making videos and explaining to people what he has done and while missing being able to go to Beavers, it’s great the 12th have been really supportive and enabled him do the badges and challenges at home to keep him busy.”

Beaver Scout leader Tracey Clark added: “We have had a home camp/den sleepover and put together a video for our local care home to cheer them up too. 

“I am determined the children remember this unusual time spent at home for other reasons than all the upset on the TV and around us at the moment. 

“Hopefully Jack and the other Beavers, Cubs and Scouts won’t remember lockdown, they will remember earning all their Beavers badges, challenge awards, having fun and learning new skills.”

Activity ideas for youngsters, including those not currently Scouts, can be found at www.norfolkscouts.org.uk/stayhome2020