Scouts in half-term adventures

First published in Local news

Scouts from Menston have just returned from their half-term adventures in the Forest of Bowland.

The boys and girls, aged ten to 13, camped for six days at Bowley, near Clitheroe in Lancashire.

Among the many adventures were a mountain biking trip to Gisburn Forest, requiring much skill and 'bottle', a daring climb and then leap from a telegraph pole, orienteering, a zip wire and air rifle shooting.

They were also joined by Addingham Scouts for a long but beautiful day out on a walk around and up Pendle Hill, where they were told of the tale of the Pendle Witches.

Scout Leader, Charlie Barnes, said: “But the biggest adventure is actually normal camp-life – for instance young people often have everything done for them back home but on camp they cook on a rota. Lighting and preparing a fire, using wood they’ve collected and chopped themselves, and then safely preparing and cooking two course meals is a huge achievement for a small team led by a 12 or 13 year old ‘patrol leader’.

"We’ve had some feedback from parents about how mature and helpful their boys and girls have been since they got back – they really do have to live and work as a team to get through it, and they’ve been brilliant."

Menston Scouts' next adventure is a two night ‘survival’ camp at Blackhills near Bingley, where they will learn skills of which celebrity adventurer and Chief Scout Bear Grylls would thoroughly approve.

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