Scouts Winter Camp Adventure

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Last weekend, Scouts from Avon met up with 3,000 others from across the UK to welcome in a new year of adventure whilst camping at Gilwell Park in North East London, the home of Scouting and outdoor adventure. 

The annual Winter Camp in January provides the opportunity for Scouts to take part in over seventy different adventurous and fun activities ranging from abseiling to Zorbing.  The boys and girls, aged between 10-18, along with nearly 1,000 adult Leaders, enjoyed the experience of sleeping in tents for two nights, cooking on open fires and enjoying a packed programme led by a team of 200 adult volunteers.

Sophie, an Explorer Scout aged 15, travelled to Gilwell from Avon for her first time at Winter Camp. She came to Winter Camp as she had a great experience at Gilwell 24 trying all of the fun and challenging activities. She joined Scouting just over 12 months ago, and is loving every minute of it. 

Sophie said "This is my first time at Winter Camp. I wanted to come to Winter Camp with my friends to have fun doing adventurous activities and meeting new people"

Chief Scout Bear Grylls, said "Winter Camp provides a whole new adventure experience for young people.  The challenge is all about empowering Scouts with the skills to survive challenging conditions and how to keep warm and comfortable in their tents.  It's great to see so many young people enjoying such a wide range of activities, from climbing, abseiling, quad biking and high ropes. I'm super proud of their enthusiasm and spirit of adventure"

Whilst this event was taking place at Gilwell Park, at the other end of the UK, Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre in Northumberland was hosting a similar event for the first time for 500 Scouts and nearly 200 adult Leaders.  Hawkhirst is one of nine Scout Activity Centres across the UK and is known for its location set in the heart of Kielder Forest on the edge of Kielder Water.