Scouts and Guides braved the cold weather this weekend to take part in Wintercamp 2013.
Both Gilwell Park and Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre in Northumberland played host to over 4,500 people who took on the winter challenges.
In sub-zero temperatures, over 40 activities – from white water rafting to brush boarding – took place on the two sites. A 4x4 off-road experience had Scouts and Guides careering around in high-performance vehicles on a mountainous course while hundreds of participants took to the tree tops on high ropes. Mini diggers, bouldering and zorbing were also part of the weekend’s itinerary.
'Staying at home is missing out.'
Hardcore Scouts and Guides didn’t let a little cold weather get in the way of their fun this weekend. Hannah, a Scout from Reigate said, ‘Staying at home is missing out. I’ve got lots of layers on but it’s all part of it; we’ve met loads of new people and tried loads of new things this weekend.’
Max, 13, and also from Reigate, said ‘This is an awesome Scout camp. Most of my friends will be at home playing computer games while we’re here doing all these great activities.’
Between Gilwell and Hawkhirst, hundreds of Wintercamp volunteers helped to make the adventure happen.
‘We’ve had a real blast this weekend,’ said Stuart, a Scout Leader with 1st Castle Hedingham in Essex. ‘It’s fantastic meeting and making friends with people. I’ve been driving a bus around all weekend taking young people from Gilwell to the white water rafting.’
Claire Hoddeston spent the weekend in adult support at Gilwell: ‘We’ve been making sure everyone sees the opportunities available to them, helping everyone reach their potential.’
Check out our Wintercamp 2013 video below to see what went on during the weekend.