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Beaver scouts camp on prime minister's lawn for charity

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Media captionAssistant leader Fiona Williams said that the scouts would play games and cook dinner before bedding down for the night

A group of beaver and cub scouts are camping in the garden of 10 Downing Street this weekend.

The youngsters are pitching their tents on the prime minister's lawn to raise cash for children's charity Sparks.

The 15 boys and girls are members of the Broomwood Beaver Colony of the 12th/14th Battersea Westside Scout Group in south London.

For some of the six to eight-year-olds the "sleepover" will be their first night away from home.

As well as being given a tour of the inside of the residence, participants will get a badge featuring the front door of Number 10 to display on their uniforms.

Image caption The Downing Street camp has been described as an "amazing experience"

The badge was designed by the group's leader Harvey Ward, who will be supervising their stay on Saturday night along with three older scouts.

"The Scout Family is an amazing organisation. It helps equip young people with great skills and teaches them new things," Mr Ward said.

"In fact, when they learnt how Sparks helps newborn babies, the group decided to raise money for the cause.

"Scouting relies on volunteers, and while we have a huge waiting list of children, it would be fantastic if more leaders could join in the fun too.

"I am sure the beaver sleepover is going to be an amazing experience for all involved, and something the children will remember for the rest of their lives.

"How many people can say they have slept in the back garden of Downing Street?"

Meals will be prepared in the grounds, where US President Barack Obama helped out with a barbecue earlier this year.

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