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Thousands descended on Scout Activity Centres this weekend for two days of mud, snow and outdoor activities.

New Year adventure

More than 4,000 young people attended the annual Wintercamp this weekend at Hawkhirst and Gilwell Park Activity Centres.

While Hawkhirst saw traditional wintery snow, Gilwell was immersed in mud and spirits were high as participants arrived on Friday night ready for their New Year Scouting Adventure. With tents popping up all over both sites, the air was soon filled with the smell of wood smoke and laughter.

Angry Birds and high ropes

Saturday and Sunday saw Wintercampers take part in a wide range of activities from Bush Craft and digger driving to Angry Birds and high ropes.  

For many there were activities that they had never seen before. Abi and Willow from 4th Netley Sea Scouts took part in Trek Carting, where they had to assemble a small trek cart, race around a course taking the cart apart and putting it back together again against the clock. They said: ‘We weren’t sure what it was; we watched it for a bit and decided to have a go. The best bit was trying to get the stuff over the gate, the worst was the mud!’

With excellent feedback from Scouts and Leaders alike, the Wintercamp events have gone from strength to strength, resulting in both sites being sell-out events this year.

Aidan, from 2nd Bedfont Scouts, gave Wintercamp his thumbs up: ‘It was literally the muddiest camp I’ve ever been too!’

Check out the action at this year’s Wintercamp below and take a look at the Facebook picture gallery.

A big thank you to everyone that took part in putting together such a brilliant weekend!

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