Young people go into the wild with Scout Ambassadors
Scouts and Explorers from across the UK have begun a 24 hour outdoor adventure with Scout Ambassadors, Steve Backshall and Helen Glover.
The young people, all aged between 13 and 18, are being put through their paces at Scout Adventures Great Tower, on the shores of Lake Windermere.
An action-packed programme awaits the participants with the focus on helping them develop skills for life, including navigation, first aid, outdoor cooking and pioneering, which involves building structure with ropes and spars. By successfully completing the activities, they will have the chance to win equipment (along with one or two luxuries) to help them during the camp.
The team will then bell boat over to their campsite where they will prepare their shelters, cook their evening meal and get ready for a night under the stars.
Helen and Steve will be leading the activities, supported by the staff at Great Tower. Steve, an experienced mountaineer, will also lead an ascent of the Old Man of Coniston. A highlight is likely to be the campfire where Steve, the BBC TV naturalist and author, and Helen, double Olympic Gold medallist, will host a question and answer session.
‘We are thrilled to be leading this adventure,’ said Steve. ‘Against the awesome backdrop of the Lake District we’ll be helping them develop teamwork, leadership, first aid and other skills for life. It’s all part of the Scouts’ amazing Summer of Skills campaign helping young people and their parents make the most of the summer holidays, helping them enjoy fun and adventure and giving them the skills and confidence to succeed.’
The young people taking part were all winners of the Into The Wild competition which ran earlier in the summer. Each submitted an essay or film explaining why they deserved a place on the adventure, including how they improved their local area.
The adventure has echoes of the Brownsea Island experimental camp that took place in August 1907, led by the Founder of Scouting, Robert Baden-Powell. The camp that took place 100 years ago led to the beginning of the Scout movement, which now has over 40 million members worldwide and over 620,000 in the UK alone.