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Celebrating 10 Years of International Adventure

posted 10 Jun 2012, 15:25 by Stephen Harrison
Over 10 years of international adventure Houghton-Le-Spring Scouts has:-

● Put a smile on the faces of nearly 500 young people.
● Challenged them all to do something that scares them.
● Made lifelong friends, from the UK and abroad
● Grown a team of volunteers who give up their time to scouting every week.


2nd June 2012: 86 young people and adults are today embarking on a fantastic international adventure as they head to Morillon in French Alps for a week of challenging and adventurous activities. The trip marks the tenth year that Houghton-Le-Spring scouts has provided an international adventure for it’s scouts and explorer scouts.

During the week in France, scouts will enjoy white water rafting, climbing, canoeing, tackling terrifying a high ropes course, conquering a mountain hike and splashing about in a canyon. The week brings together girls and boys from all 6 scout troops in Houghton-Le-Spring district and it’s a journey of self discovery for everyone.

The trip is led by a team of 20 adult volunteers who participate in all of the activities as well as supporting young people throughout the week and its not just the young people who are challenged by the terrifying heights and swept away by the power of the rapids.

Jessica Mains a scout from 3rd Washington (aged 13) said:

‘I love going abroad with scouts, we have such a great time and I’ve made loads of friends through scouting. My favourite activity is the white water rafting, it’s such a thrill.’ She added: ‘huge thanks to the leaders who plan the annual trips.’

Stephen Melia a volunteer adult (21) said:

‘I’ve been volunteering as an adult whenever I get the chance, but this is a trip worth taking some holiday for. It’s really inspring to spend a week away with scouts and explorers as it means a lot to them to be given the opportunity to go abroad.’

He added: ‘My work life has changing demands, so it’s sometimes hard to find the time to volunteer, however so it’s great that scouting offers me a role which allows me to get involved flexibly.

‘Flexible volunteering is the way forward’

Houghton-Le-Spring District is one of the largest districts in Durham Scout County. The district supports 6 groups to offer adventure and challenge to over 600 young people aged 6 to 18. For more information about scouting in Washington, Hetton and Houghton-Le-Spring, please visit www.hls-scouts.org.uk or call 0845 300 1818.
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Stephen Harrison,
10 Jun 2012, 15:25
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