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3rd Washington and 1st Fatfield Scout Troops Enjoy an Outdoor Adventure Of A Lifetime

posted 27 Aug 2012, 09:34 by Stephen Harrison
● 74 scouts and adult volunteers enjoyed the biggest Summer Camp ever in Selkirk, Scottish Borders
● Scouts enjoyed a programme packed with climbing, abseiling, kayaking, mountain biking and horse riding.
● Summer Camp challenges young people to work together, to develop as confident individuals and members of a team.

28th July 2012: Mountain biking, canoeing, climbing, abseiling and a 300 foot zip wire were among the highlights of a week-long adventure in the Scottish Borders for 60 young people and 15 volunteer adult leaders from Washington. This was the largest ever camp for both troops and reflects the success and continued growth of scouting in Washington.

As well as experiencing some of the best adrenaline activities in the area, scouts made the most of the outdoor experience, building a bivouac (a rudimentary shelter) and spending a night sleeping in the woods, sleeping under the stars and watching the sunset from the top of a Scottish Hill.

The site itself was a greenfield site and was transformed from nothing more than a few blades of grass to a fully functioning camping village with patrol areas, mess tents, sleeping tents and site services; all in just a few of hours from arriving. For many scouts it was a a huge challenge as it was their first time away, they learned new skills such as how to pitch a tent and got to know each other, and their wild surroundings, for the first time.

Scouts battled the weather through the week, at times the field looked more like a muddy festival than a scout campsite, however no rain or mud can put a dampener on the spirit and scouts enjoyment of camp, everyone had a fantastic week of adventure!

Through the adventure of scouting, young people get to take risks in a safe environment, and have their first taste of responsibility. We give young people experiences they’ll never forget. The sort of adventure scouting offers is the chance to experience something different and the opportunity to challenge themselves. Scouts spend the week living as teams of 8 and together they develop as patrols: cooking, cleaning, taking part in activities together and supporting each other through challenging situations.

Emily Bowdon a scout from 3rd Washington (aged 12) said:

‘I love going camping with scouts, we had such a great time and I’ve made loads of friends through scouting. Spending a night in a bivouac with my patrol was brilliant and although it was a little scary, everyone was really supportive. We got up really early hoping to catch the sunrise.’

Gemma Straker a volunteer adult (26) said:

‘I have a great time volunteering as an adult leader, working with young people and seeing the smiles on their faces when they overcome some of the challenges of camp is really rewarding, whether it’s going that bit higher on a climbing wall or learning a new skill.’

She added: ‘I work shifts so it’s sometimes hard to find the time to volunteer, however I’m able to fit my volunteering around my work pattern. I’ve also made some life-long friends through volunteering.’

3rd Washington and 1st Fatfield Scout Groups are two of the largest groups in the area and meet in the North, South and West of Washington. Together, the groups are almost 400 members. 60 adult leaders collectively commit an average of 150 hours a week of their volunteer time to developing the young people in their care - making local citizens. The groups provide scouting for boys and girls, young men and young women from age 6 to 25. With a proven track record of developing young leaders into adult leaders, we are a thriving community of adults, young people, supporters and parents with a common aim.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities in Washington, please visit www.hls-scouts.org.uk/volunteer, or call 0845 300 1818.
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