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Bathampton Scouts return from Epic Voyage

1 March 2015

Scouts from 28th Bathampton have just returned from an epic voyage along the Kennet and Avon Canal over February half term. The first day was spent at their HQ practicing their team work, cooking and mooring skills and finished with a campfire.

The second day of their trip the shipmates motored from Bathampton to Bradford on Avon on their two boats; Dottie B and Abbey. Mooring on the edge of Bradford, some Scouts slept in the local Scout HQ, but the evening meal was cooked in the cramped confines of the two galleys for all.

The next day the 25 Scouts descended on the ‘Grumpy Badger’ for a hearty breakfast before embarking on the next leg of their trip to Seend in Wiltshire. After almost reaching Devizes, they doubled back, mooring opposite the Barge Inn where another meal was prepared, including 75 pancakes – it was Shrove Tuesday!  Some of the Scouts traveled over land at the dead of night to stay in a local B&B, Cleeve House – or Hogworts as the Scouts called it. Despite the scary exterior and the vast hallway and banqueting rooms the Scouts enjoyed a peaceful sleep and another huge cooked breakfast.

The return trip from Seend to Bathampton was quicker and easy as the Scouts had become much more proficient at operating the locks and swing bridges while their helmsmen became better navigating the various obstacles the canal presented them with. As Ethan, Assistant Leader and Captain of Dottie B said, “Every day was an adventure because you never knew what would be around the corner. Over the course of the trip we had to navigate around boats loose at their moorings, sunken trees, floating debris, boats which were out of control and boats moored on blind corners all making the steering challenging”.

The Scouts returned to Bathampton windswept and tired, but with more confidence after having a go at steering, rope work and cooking on a boat. You can find out exactly what the Scouts got up to over the course of the trip on their blog here. To find out more about some of the upcoming adventures you could be part of, get in touch here!