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Colsterworth scouts test out new skills at winter camp

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Scouts from Colsterworth travelled to London to learn new skills at the first winter camp of the season.

The youngsters from 1st Colsterworth joined 4,000 other scouts at Gilwell Park in London at the weekend.

The scouts aged 10 to 14 enjoyed the cold and lots of mud as they learnt skills including putting up tents, cooking, empathy and looking after each other in winter camping conditions.

As well as surviving the winter weather the scouts tried out high impact activities including the 3G swing, abseiling, white water rafting and climbing.

Scouts under 17-years-old even got their first chance to get behind the wheel of a car on a specially constructed under 17 driving experience.

The combination of surviving the winter weather and trying out a range of adventure based activities tested each scouts resilience.

The three day camp kicked off the year’s centenary celebrations of #Gilwell100.

In 1919 Gilwell Park became the home of Scout skills training for adults and young people when it was adopted by the Scout Movement as a training centre young people and leaders from the East End of London.

Austin from Grantham said: “I’ve conquered my fear of heights on the high ropes this weekend which is something I really wanted to do and I’m improving my climbing skills. Hopefully I’ll be really good at the end of this camp!”

Jorja from Grantham added:“Winter camp is really good for making new friends and learning new skills, like working in a team to get things done and getting along with all these new people.”

1st Colsterworth Scouts (6505664)
1st Colsterworth Scouts (6505664)

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