Bathampton Scouts complete Expeditions in the New Forest

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Bathampton Scouts complete Expeditions in the New Forest

25 April 2016

Twenty Sc26364392646_cb09a4d714_oouts from Bathampton have just returned from completing epic expeditions in the New Forest.

The Scouts, who are all aged between 10 and 14, completed their Expedition Challenge and Navigator Activity badges as part of the camp which saw them walk between 15 and 35 miles in patrols determined by their age. The older groups also spend two nights away from the main site at satellite campsites within the national park.

Prior to setting out on their challenge, the Scouts enjoyed a quiz around the local village of Burly and spent a day refreshing some of the skills essential to their hikes including; first aid, navigation and tent pitching. The night before leaving all the Scouts prepared for the environment by watched Castaway with Tom Hanks!

During the hikes the Scouts were split into three patrols, the youngest of which completed a day hike whilst the oldest walked for two days, carrying full kit and cooking meals on Trangias, eventually reaching a level which would exceed Bronze DofE (despite the Scouts all being too young to receive the award!).

26324144601_7de71bc7d4_oOn their return, the younger Scouts spent a day to practising their fire lighting and other Scoutcraft skills and in the evening attempted parts of the Chef Badge cooking a 3 course meal both for themselves and the Leader team.

Once all the Scouts had returned from their expeditions, the troop spent time enjoying the slides at Splashdown in Poole on the way home.
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