Bedfordshire Scouts in world record attempt as they camp at home

Some Flitwick children slept in tents in the garden while others built dens at home

Monday, 4th May 2020, 4:42 pm

More than 170 members of Flitwick Scout Group attempted to set a new world record to see how many people could camp at home in one evening.

Some of the children slept in tents in their gardens and others built dens in the lounge or bedroom.

Elliott McCluskey said: “I built a den in my bedroom using toy boxes, a chest of drawers, my quilt and some sheets. I slept in my sleeping bag on the floor. It was a great adventure building the den.”

A member of Flitwick Scout Group

Everybody from the group was able to participate in a virtual camp fire where they joined together to sing a variety of songs. They took part in a scavenger hunt and also made their own virtual camp fires.

Gabriel Cooke said: “I packed my kit for the tent. The bag was as big as me."

The children had to pack their kit for the night, help to cook a meal and participate in a Scout activity which could range from pioneering, to science or learning about another country.

Earlier in the month members of the group took part in 'hiking to the moon'. This was an initiative set up by Scouts to fundraise for the Great Night In. Some children walked up and down their stairs several times, others walked, ran and skipped around the garden and others ventured into Manor Park, Flitwick Wood and Flitwick Moor.

The children are having regular virtual meetings or being given activities to do. These might include being taught how to tie some knots and what they are used for. They have also been participating in scavenger hunts and working towards several different badges.

Scout leader, Darren Reeve, said: “The virtual camp was great to organise. Each of the sections joined Zoom at a different time so they could do some activities for their age group. We were then able to have some camp fire songs."