World Class Adventure Meets World Class Science:
Young people and their volunteer adult leaders from Fatfield joined 500 other scouts at Frostie:24. The event, run by Durham Scout County challenged young people from the Tyne to the Tees to undertake a seemingly endless number of activities at their Durham adventure centre before boarding a fleet of coaches at 1am to travel to Newcastle’s Centre for Life.
The 24 hour challenge began at 11am on Saturday and having bounced on seven metre high bungee trampolines, abseiled from a 60ft climbing wall, mountain biked, cooked food 'Bear Grylls style in the woods, the scouts partied on into the evening, celebrating common friendships and enjoying being a part of a big, growing youth movement.
As temperatures plummeted, scouts set off for Newcastle to begin the nocturnal part of the challenge. The Life Science Centre's attractions promised to keep the scouts amazed for much of the early hours of Sunday, with its Planetarium, ScienceTheatre, Motion Ride and permanent Human Life exhibition as well as the brand new 'make-it' activity area which was unveiled earlier in the day as a brand new attraction for half term.
But just in case that wasn't enough, the Scouts themselves brought an inflatable assault course, giant 12 metre slide and gladiator games as well as a pop up cinema to show 'Bang Goes the Theory' episodes to get everyone in science mood. The scouts in house stage team ensured a lively atmosphere truly brought science to life!
By 4am, with boundless energy left, scouts enjoyed the Skating@Life rink, opened for a special dawn skating experience – very much in keeping with the Frostie:24 theme.
Organisers at Life were pleased to be able to accommodate the idea "We have some amazing facilities here" said Kathryn Brame, group events organizer "the exhibition space seems even more exciting at night and takes on something of a magical quality.”
By 6am, the scouts‟ logistical feat began again, moving the participants back to Durham for a hearty breakfast and an early morning fitness session! Off-road buggies churned the mud, and craft activities continued in the heated 200ft marquee for those feeling a little less energetic!
At 10.30am, boys and girls gathered for the Final Act, a closing ceremony and party to mark the end of 24 hours of world-class fun. 550 tired-but-content young people then left the site, taking not just bags full of washing home, but a sense of pride that they are part of the UK‟s largest coeducational youth movement.
“My youngest has just returned from #frostie24 very muddy and tired. Volunteer leaders deserve a medal”, tweeted a parent from shortly after the event closed.
Frostie is an annual event for scouts in the North East Region. This year's event is unique as it’s the first time that the event has run non-stop over a 24 hour period. It is one of several events the Scout County run to support its membership in the delivery of outdoor adventure. The event is organised by volunteer adults who are trained to a nationally recognised standard by the Scout Association.