Parents celebrate their Big Adventure
Thousands of parents are getting their first taste of Scouting this summer, as part of a Big Adventure event.
By being actively involved in an event, parents see Scouting in action, and are encouraged to volunteer for Scouting in the future.
The 5th Carmarthen Scout Group held their Big Adventure camp in Pembrokeshire. Siriol Butterworth is one of their leaders:
‘We recruited a lot of parents into helping organise the weekend camp, and formed sub committees to organise the kit transport, catering, campsite service and activities. This worked really well and certainly reduced the load on the leaders.'
Alan Dunbar was just one parent who found himself helping out at a Big Adventure event: 'I went along one evening for a nosey, and was told that there was a Big Adventure Cub camp happening at a Scout Activity Centre. My son was keener than me but I thought “it’s only a weekend”.'
Alan familiarised himself with the Parents' Guide to the Big Adventure and quickly found that any initial worries were groundless.
'It was an absolute blast. I hadn’t camped since I’d gone to Glastonbury in the 90s so the Guide's refresher tips of what we’d need to pack and what I could expect were very useful. There were lots of people I didn't know there but by the end it didn't matter.'
Siriol continues: ‘Activities were organised so that families could join in at whatever level suited them. On Saturday afternoon, we had three hikes appropriate levels for a Beaver, Cub or Scout hike away, but as children were all accompanied by parents they could join whichever walk they fancied.
‘On Sunday afternoon we got families involved with various beach competitions – best sandcastle, best sand mosaic and most interesting rock pool find.
‘Monday morning brought the end of camp, but not before we had the traditional water fight. It was a very tired, but happy bunch of people who left after lunch on Monday, with several first time campers converted to helping out at our weekly meeting.’
About The Big Adventure
From Saturday 1 May until Tuesday 31 August any camp or event can be part of The Big Adventure, simply by inviting parents and other adults to get involved.
Win £230 camping kit
Tell us what you think of The Big Adventure, by filling in our online survey.
Everyone who completes it will be entered into a prize draw to win two nights’ free camping, or £230 worth of free camping equipment including tents, stoves and torches.
The survey is open until Monday 20 September, and the prize draw will be held on Friday 1 October 2010.