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30th Anniversary Challenge Hike & Winter Camp

Date: 25th Jan 2020 Author: News Editor

On Saturday 18th January 2020, sixty members of 1st Farnsfield Beavers, Cubs and Scouts joined joined thousands of other young people in the annual Nottinghamshire Emergency Scout Support Team (NESST) Challenge Walks. It is held every year in the lovely grounds of the Walesby Forest campsite in north Nottinghamshire. This year the annual walk attended by young people of Scouting and Guiding celebrated its 30th anniversary. The event raises money for Nottinghamshire Emergency Scout Support Team who provide event communication services to Scouting and Guiding events.

The Beaver colony worked hard, walking a fabulous 2 miles, and the Cub pack completed an even greater ramble of four miles over more challenging varied terrain in the dark.  The young people had lots of fun and worked hard hiking over newly ploughed fields at night and enjoyed their well-earned hot dogs and chips at the end. Both sections did extremely well, and earned themselves their well-deserved staged hikes away badge where they earn a badge for every hike they do!

The Scouts section took on the more challenging night hike which is covering 10 miles through the night to reach a set destination. The hike tests their skills of navigation and teamwork. The sections spent an evening before the event preparing themselves for their winter walk; becoming familiar with survival bags, first aid kits, warm clothing, sensible footwear and waterproofs. The young people had to carry their own water and spare clothing in order to be prepared, in case of themselves or a fellow walker getting cold or wet in the winter conditions. At the end of the walk the Scouts camped over at Walesby Forest Campsite enjoying a chilly and cool night but they all enjoyed it.

Farnsfield Beavers, Cubs and Scouts meet weekly during term time at the Farnsfield Village Centre.  If you would like to find out more, please contact Group Scout Leader Chris Blockley, on 07779324341.

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