24 hours of adventure
5,000 Explorer Scouts showed amazing stamina at Gilwell 24 last weekend, staying up for 24 hours of adrenaline-fuelled adventure at Gilwell Park. There were over 60 exciting activities to keep the Explorers entertained between 9am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday.
The Explorers from Parker Bowles ESU stayed up through the full event. Jagz Bharth said: ‘I’m proud of myself for making the full 24. I’ve enjoyed meeting new people and especially scuba diving at 2.30am - that helped keep us awake!’
While waiting for a shot on the G-swing at 8.30am, Ellen Newman from Camel Explorers said: ‘I think I’ve had three hours sleep. I liked the quad biking and scuba diving. I’ve never done G-Swing, quad biking or scuba diving. I would definitely come to Gilwell 24 again!’
One of the big draws is Gilwell 24’s fantastic atmosphere. Kelvin Nice, a first-timer at the event, said: ‘Everyone is so friendly, anyone will stop and talk. It’s nice to know we all do the same thing.’
As well as a packed programme of adventurous activities, the Explorers were invited to learn life-saving CPR skills after watching a demonstration of a car crash extraction by the emergency services.
This year Gilwell 24 celebrated its 10th anniversary. Back in 2004, just 450 participants enjoyed the round-the-clock adventure. The event has grown fast over the years, thanks to valuable support from staff, volunteers and leaders. With this year another resounding success, it looks like one of Scouting’s biggest annual events has many years ahead of it.
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