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New Scouts from Freshford, Larkhall and Odd Down, enjoy their first camp

14 March 2017

Young people from the 15th (Freshford), 21st (Larkhall) and 68th (Odd Down) Scout groups, joined other Cubs and Scouts from across Avon, for a residential weekend at our local Scout Adventures Centre: Woodhouse Park near Bristol. The young people came from seven new sections across five Scout Districts, all of which have been set up and supported by the Pears Project Development Team. For many of the adults and young people involved, this was their first experience of a Scout camp.

The young people spent Saturday trying adventurous activities for the first time, including backwoods cooking, archery, crate-stacking, climbing, low ropes and go-karting. Their new Leaders and adult helpers joined them and had the opportunity to meet other new members of Scouting from other Districts.
After an evening meal prepared by the Pears Project Team, assisted by Young Leaders from 1st Abbotswood Scout Group, the young people and Leaders prepared for their first campfire where they were taught traditional songs by UK Scouting Trustee, Ashley Russell.

All the young people and leaders slept over in Woodhouse Park’s
accommodation on Saturday night, and were up bright and early on Sunday morning for breakfast before striking camp at 10am.

Luna, 8, a Cub Scout from 15th Freshford Scout Group, said on Saturday, “I was very excited to come to camp because I wanted to sleep over in the dormitory with my friends. It’s going to be really fun and I’m going to be nice and warm in my sleeping bag. My favourite activity today was archery.”

Ivan Rolfe, Assistant Beaver Leader at 1st Prestbury, said after striking camp, “It’s been brilliant! The Beavers have all enjoyed themselves and have seen a bit more of what Scouting is about. It was nice to invest some of our young people and to do something special at a special event because they’ll always remember it.”

Over the past three years, the Pears Project Development Team, has set up 15 new sections across Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and Somerset, often in areas that have previously had no Scouting provision.

In 2016, the project introduced more than 300 new young people to Scouting in Avon. The Pears Project is delivered by The Scout Association’s Regional Services Team, who work in local communities to grow the Movement and bring Scouting to all. The project is primarily funded by Pears Foundation. For more information about how you can get involved in one of our new groups, get in touch here.