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Scouts Winter Camp 2015

Last weekend, (9th-11th January 2015) 100’s Scouts from across Kent 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.

Ruby from 27th All Saints said “Winter Camp is great because I can meet up with my friends and take part in some adventurous activities. Last year I was too scared to zorb, but I have done it today and it was so much fun.”

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".

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The weather and mud didn't put off Harry and Noah from 1st Pembury Scouts - Tunbridge Wells Scouts from returning to Gilwell Winter Camp for a second year.

Both took on the experience of the 3G Swing. Harry explained, "we're both a bit of a daredevil and love the anticipation before you pull the pin and start to swing".

Noah added, "there's loads of cool stuff here, things you wouldn't do if you weren't a Scout".

For Barnaby, Gilwell Wintercamp gave him the opportunity to drive a mini digger, an activity he had always wanted to try.

Commenting on his experience of driving the mini digger, Barnaby said, “It was exactly as I thought it would be, but easier to manoeuvre than I expected.

I love that Scouting gives a wide variety of opportunities and every week I am always learning something new.

This is my second year at Gilwell Wintercamp and I will definitely be back next year to try out some more activities for the first time.”

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Last updated by Stuart
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