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 both 3rd Washington and 1st Fatfield scouts. This year's Summer Camp was bigger and better than ever before, with new activities including wild Segway riding and Horse-Riding.
As well as experiencing some of the best adrenaline activities in the area, scouts from both scout troops made the most of the outdoor experience, building a bivouac, spending a night sleeping in the woods, sleeping under the stars and racing down the tracks at one of the UK's premium mountain biking hubs.
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, it was a a huge challenge as it was their first time away, scouts learned new skills such as how to pitch a tent and got to know each other, and their wild surroundings, for the first time.
Everyone 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, scouts get to take risks in a safe environment, and have their first taste of responsibility; scouts spent 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.
Ben, who has just recently joined scouts, said: ‘I really enjoyed my first camp away, it was great meeting lots of new people and cooking for myself was brilliant. Then there was the mountain biking! It was awesome!’
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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.