Camping adventure for cubs and scouts from Flitwick

Flitwick Scout Group at Gilwell Park.
Flitwick Scout Group at Gilwell Park.

Thirty cubs and scouts from Flitwick Scout Group spent a week camping at Gilwell Park, near Epping Forest.

The youngsters from Flitwick Scout Group took part in activities which helped towards from of the badges they can earn.

The cubs - boys and girls aged 8 to 10 - had fun with a 3G swing, crate stacking, grass sledging, hiking, kayaking, medium ropes, picture trail, pond dipping, sensory trail, swimming, team games, water slide, wide games and the wobbly pole.

The scouts - boys and girls aged 10 to 14 - did slightly more adventurous activities including aerial trek, cooking over a fire, global awareness, high ropes, Jacob’s ladder, leap of faith, pioneering, raft building, swimming, water slide, wide games and zip wire.

All of the activities went towards some of the badges they can earn whilst in Scouts. Many of the young people will receive further “staged” badges for spending more nights away, time on the water and for more hours spent hiking.

Will Dickerson, 11, said: “I was very proud to do the leap of faith. It looked scary but as I caught the trapeze, I felt brill!”

Adult volunteer Peter Misson said: “Several of the young people had never been camping before or taken part in many of the activities. Scouting provides them with the opportunity to do lots of different activities for the first time. At Flitwick Scout Group we go camping several times a year and this means the young people get great opportunities to be outdoors, play in the woods, climb trees and play games.”

The group, which currently has four Beaver Colonies, three Cub Packs and two Scout Troops, provides fun, challenge and everyday adventure for over 200 young people. The adult volunteers have just planned their programme for the next three months. Activities planned for Cub Scouts include working towards the skills challenge badge and teamwork challenge badge. The Beaver Scouts are planning on visiting an indoor play area and will be going ice skating near Christmas and are currently working towards their International activity badge, teamwork challenge badge and global issues activity badge. The group are also supporting the Scout Association’s Community Impact project “A Million Hands” where every member of the Group will be considering how they can support the Water Aid project.

Flitwick Scout Group is open to boys and girls aged 6 to 14. For further information visit www.flitwickscoutgroup.org.uk