‘BOB-A-BLOW-JOB’ WEEK!

bob-a-job week

The Scouts ‘bob-a-job’ week has returned after an absence of 20-years. Minors, volunteering to do errands and chores ended in 1992 over health & safety fears and child protection legislation. Oh, a ‘bob’ was slang for the old ‘shilling’ (5-pence), and was offered to scouts/cub scouts in return for errands such as doing one’s shopping, and chores such as weeding, painting garden fences, washing cars, digging flower beds, etcetera. Now that bob-a-job week has returned, teams of boys and girls will be strictly supervised.

Confession time I think! I was solely responsible for the 20-year hiatus in children volunteering to do chores. Now before you chastise me too harshly, do please bear in mind, 20-years ago I suffered from dyslexia, and thus as a member of The 2nd Hampstead Beaver Scout Colony and Cub Scout Packmisread my instructions when knocking on strangers doors! Neighbour Mrs Alison Jannay, 47, had the reputation for showing strangers hospitality, if you know what I mean? So when I mentioned it was ‘bob-a-blow-job week Aunty Alison showed no hesitation in offering to milk my gonads, an act of kindness for which she received a 3-year custodial sentence. Me? I was forced to hand in my cub scout uniform! Still, I left the colony with my head held high and a bloody great smile on my face! Oh, the 5-shillings I received I donated to the charity Save the Children, but obviously it was too late to save them all from Aunty Alison!

Looking back on my bob-a-blow-job chore, I recall being questioned under oath at Wood Green Crown Court. “What did you think,” the prosecuting counsel asked, “when you found yourself in the accused bedroom with your trousers and underpants around your ankles?” I remember replying, “I thought joining the cub scouts was a super way of meeting new friends!” Three days after Mrs Jannay’s conviction for blowing me, the UK Scout Association cancelled all future ‘bob-a-job’ weeks, thus proving one man, or in this instance, one boy, can make a difference!

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