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Scouts from Bath join The Great Avon Adventure

21 June 2016

Cjib4daXIAEffvF (1)Over the second May Bank Holiday, over 4200 Scouts and Guides from across Avon gathered for the 2016 Avon Jamboree – “The Great Avon Adventure”. The event was held at the Windmill Fisheries Showground in South Gloucestershire.

Among the young people attending were more than 300 from Bath, with 8 of the city’s Scout Groups and both Explorer Scout Units represented.
Despite arriving in the middle of a thunderstorm on the Friday evening, the weekend overall was hot, dry and sunny and after a lively opening ceremony on Saturday morning, everyone enjoyed two days packed with activities in four  designated “programme zones” – World, Skill, Outdoor and Adventure. Highlights included climbing towers, a caving system, 4×4 rides and a hands on bushcraft display.

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On Sunday morning the excitement around camp climbed to an even higher level as news broke that Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, would be attending at lunchtime. Bear flew in by helicopter as part of his “Bear in the Air” tour of UK Scouting Events and visited a number of activities before addressing all of the participants from the stage.

Cjn5WiNW0AAipdQFor one Scout from 66th Bath (Weston Village), Bear’s visit was all the more memorable. Rosie, who won a competition to decide the theme of the camp, was one of three Scouts county selected to meet Bear when he arrived on site.

On Monday morning the Cubs and Beavers celebrated 100 year, and 30 years of their sections respectively, with a giant birthday party, whilst the older Scouts and Explorers took part in a Colour Trail around the site. Over the course of a 4km run, or walk, the participants were coated in over 300 kg of powder paint. The Jamboree ended with a closing ceremony and, for the leaders, the task of getting everyone home safely began.

CjslJCXUYAAPxyTRichard Frankham, a Leader at the 10th Bath (Combe Down) Scout Troop, said “It was amazing to see so many Scouts from across Bath and Bristol enjoying such a diverse range of activities. For many of the young people it made them realise how big Scouting is. Many of us forged new friendships and tried new skills. Despite the, at times, inclement weather we all had a lot of fun!

As the young people and their leaders headed home, everyone was left to reflect on the new friendships made, old friendships renewed, adventures enjoyed, and to look forward to a busy season of summer camping ahead.
John Wisker, Bath’s Subcamp Chief, said “As I waved off each coach, I called out from the front of the coach, to find out if the kids had had a good time.  The response was a resounding yes from all the passengers of all of the coaches”.

To see the social media from the event, take a look at our Storify page here. To find out more about how you can get involved in our next adventure, get in touch here.