Scouts are Prepared for Emergencies

Added 17/03/2015 test

Would you or your Scouts know what to do if your world was suddenly torn apart by a major emergency? Over 100 Scouts from Avon and the surrounding area spent a day at Bath's Cleeve Hill Campsite learning how to survive the aftermath of a major incident. 

On arrival at Cleeve Hill, the Scouts were split into "families" then "evacuated" into a large army mess tent where newsreel footage explained what had happened.... the region had been affected by a major earthquake, and during the day the Scouts had to complete challenges in order to survive. 

Challenges included evacuating casualties on stretchers through an assault course, building catapaults to put out a fire, constructing water pipelines, as well as learning valuable first aid skills. 

At the end of the day, prizes were awarded to the teams who had shown the best teamwork, leadership and strategic thinking skills, as well as the overall winning team. 

During the day Scouts also had to try to track down missing friends or family members, just as they would in a real emergency.

The event was covered by Avon Scout Radio who, during the day, posted "Great first day at the Youth Resilience event at Cleeve Hill, all the young people had a great day learning valuable life skills"

On Sunday, the day was repeated for Guides, who took part in the same scenarios. 

Event Organiser, Dan Spencer, said "This was our third Be Prepared Resilience Event for Scouts. This year we added in some new Activities and the Scouts certainly didn't disappoint us, rising to the new challenges."

George, a Scout, said "It was really challenging learning how to deal with the scenario, but now I feel I could help my community if a disaster were to happen"

Booking is already open for the 2016 Event, which will take place on Saturday 12th March at Cleeve Hill Campsite in Bath (Find out more!)

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(Photos by Katrina Reynolds)