Braving the cold January weather, Scouts from 19th Clapham Scout Troop and 20th Bermondsey Scout Troop were excited to try some amazing new activities including flight simulation and radio orienteering.
Scouts from across the County joined thousands of other young people in a fun weekend away at Gilwell Park’s annual winter camp. Scouts aged 10 – 18 attended the camp, in north-east London to experience adventure outdoors away from home and to have lots of fun with their friends learning new and exciting skills from many challenges.
The camp was attended by Scout Groups across Lambeth and Southwark and both groups had jam packed weekend right from the Friday night to the Sunday afternoon where the young people took part in a range of events including abseiling, lacrosse, off road Segways, outdoor laser tag and curling.
Twins Courtney and Rachel, 11, from 19th Clapham said ‘This is the best camp ever!’
‘I’ve learned lots that I could never have without my brilliant leaders and the fantastic opportunities at camp. Being a Scout is the best thing ever!’
Neil Wells, Scout Leader, 19th Clapham said ‘Wintercamp has been such a great success, the Scouts absolutely loved the huge variety of activities on offer and they made friends with other Scouts from all over the country.’
Another Leader from 20th Bermondsey said 'Winter camp was a great experience for me as a new leader and one of our groups' main organisers, it was great to have a lot of information before the event to calm your worries, It was also very comforting to know that shuttle buses and kit runs where being run regularly throughout the weekend. All the event staff were incredibly friendly for both leaders and young people and happy to help with any query. I was very impressed with the wide range of activities that Gilwell was able to offer during this challenging time of year. Our scouts, leaders and myself had a great time and have some fun stories to tell their friends about their weekend at Wintercamp and we look forward to next year.'
One parent said following the weekend said ‘If every day was as much fun as yesterday then Michael's Xbox would be dusty’.
With thanks to Neil Wells and Rosie Hawley for assisting with this article.