Scouts in half-term adventures

Scouts in half-term adventures

(7015863)Menston Scouts mountain biking at Gisburn

(7015869)New Menston and Addingham scouts being ‘invested’ as members by Addingham Scout Leader Paul Jennings on the summit of Pendle Hill

(7015883)Menston Scouts Oliver Wolfenden and Sam Craske,

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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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