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Thousands braved the elements to have a great time at Wintercamp 2016.

Gilwell Park and Hawkhirst played host to 4,000 young people and over 1,000 leaders for Wintercamp 2016. Conditions were suitably seasonal, with plenty of mud and rain at Gilwell Park, while Hawkhirst became a winter wonderland. With everyone well prepared for the conditions though, there was no stopping the fun!

An action-packed weekend offered participants the choice of over 40 onsite activities, as well the opportunity for some white water rafting off-site at Lee Valley. Wintercamp 2016 also saw two new activities added to the roster – curling and MAD DROP – both of which went down a treat.

Hawkhirst was also the setting for the first ever Scout 4x4, plus a repeat of the Angry Birds game from last year. And given the wintry weather there was some snowman building too.

Once it got dark the fun didn’t stop either, with a disco, cinema and some campfires of course!

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All in all Wintercamp 2016 was a super weekend, as these participants agreed:

Leader – Richard Hills from 5th Woodley

‘A great camp and a no brainer for the kids.’

Participant – George Ashton from 10th Andover

‘Awesome and amazing.’

Participant – Megan Hardyke from Faversham Explorers, Aquaducks

‘There’s just so much to do. The social aspect is fun too as we have more time to get together as friends as the rest of the weekend is all planned for us!’

We’d like to say a big well done to everyone who took part, and a big thank you to staff and volunteers, Wintercamp wouldn’t exist without them!

Wintercamp will be back next year, taking place from January 6 – 8 2017. Keep an eye on the Gilwell and Hawkhirst Twitter feeds, as well as Facebook for updates and info.

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