Thousands of Scouts were out in force this weekend for the annual Wintercamp.
A highlight in the calendar for Scouts and Explorers (as well as Guides and Rangers), Wintercamp offers more than 30 different activities over two days, ranging from abseiling to zorbing.
Taking place at Gilwell Park in East London and Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre in Northumberland, the weekend was jam-packed with high-octane adventure, with even more activities to choose from than ever before, including brush boarding and go-karting.
The best adventure
The snow was nowhere to be seen this year, and while temperatures dropped to -2°C during the chilly nights, the 3,000 young people, along with nearly one thousand adult leaders, enjoyed two days of camping, cooking on open fires and experiencing fun under clear skies.
‘I have been to Wintercamp four times and I have more fun every year with all the new activities,’ says Leanne, 13, from 7th Corby in Northamptonshire. ‘My favourite thing about Wintercamp is meeting up with people from other Scout groups from across the UK. It is undoubtedly one of the best adventures.’
Tom, 11, from 16th St Albans, said: ‘Both my sisters have been to Wintercamp and they always tell me that it’s the best camp that they’ve been to. I’m so glad that I decided to take their advice and finally come because I couldn’t agree more.’
The weekend event marked the second Wintercamp at Hawkhirst Activity Centre, providing even more young people with the chance to take part in the wintry adventure.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls, all-year round international adventurer, said, ‘Wintercamp provides a whole new adventure experience for young people. This challenge is all about empowering these Scouts with the confidence and skills to survive the sub-zero temperatures, and keep warm and comfortable in their tents.
'It's humbling to see so many inspiring young people enjoying such a wide range of activities, from climbing, abseiling, quad-biking and high ropes, all in January: the coldest month of the year. Go Scouts!’
Check out the action from this year’s Wintercamp below.