Scouts get adventurous at Winter Camp

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City scouts met up with 3,000 others from across the UK to welcome in a new year of adventure.

During the weekend they camped at Gilwell Park in North London, the home of Scouting and outdoor adventure.

The annual Winter Camp in January, one of the most popular Scout weekends, gives young people the chance to take part in more than 30 different adventurous and challenging activities ranging from abseiling to zorbing.

Young people, aged 10 to 18 experienced an even wider programme of activities than ever before, including pedal go karting and brush boarding. The Scouts, along with nearly 1,000 adult leaders enjoyed the exhilaration of sleeping in tents for two nights and cooking in open fires whilst experiencing fun in the sun and mud. They also had the experience of waking up to a sub-zero temperature on Sunday morning.

Georgia, aged 13, said: “It was so good. You’re going up and up, thinking it’s going to be really bad but it’s not - it’s actually really good. I love Winter Camp because of the different atmosphere and the opportunity to meet so many other Scouts.”

Chief Scout Bear Grylls, all year round international adventurer, said “Winter Camp provides a whole new adventure experience for young people. This challenge is all about empowering these Scouts with the confidence and skills to survive the sub-zero temperatures, and keep warm and comfortable in their tents. It’s humbling to see so many inspiring young people enjoying such a wide range of activities, from climbing, abseiling, quad biking and high ropes, all in January, the coldest month of the year. Go Scouts!”

Adult volunteer Scout Leader Andrew Bodenham said: “I had a great time at Winter Camp taking part in all the adventurous activities with thousands of enthusiastic young people. As an adult in Scouting, I always have an absolutely fantastic time getting stuck in with all the activities on offer, which the young people wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience without Scouting. So if you fancy it and want to meet some inspirational people, then why not give Scouting a try?”