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Whittlesford and Duxford brave the Storm at Wintercamp 2015

This weekend is the first time that Whittlesford and Duxford Scout group have attended Wintercamp at Gilwell Park. The group decided to come to the event because of the scale of the event and the opportunity to try out a variety of different exciting activities for the first time. The group was one of many from Cambridgeshire at the weekend event, which has an overall attendance of over 3,000 Scouts from across the UK.


The annual Winter Camp in January provides the opportunity for Scouts to take part in over seventy different adventurous and fun activities ranging from abseiling to Zorbing. The boys and girls, aged between 10-18, along with nearly 1,000 adult Leaders, enjoyed the experience of sleeping in tents for two nights, cooking on open fires and enjoying a packed programme led by a team of 200 adult volunteers.

For Isabel Weston (12), this is the first camp that she has attended during the winter months having only joined Scouting a year ago. When asked why she joined Scouting later on she explained

I joined Scouts because all my friends were going and telling me about all of the exciting adventurous activities that they were doing. I wanted to join and have a go myself!

Georgina Wrigley (12) and Lola James (11), who have been in Scouting since they were 6 and have been camping for many years were extremely excited as to what Gilwell Wintercamp had to offer in terms of activities and meeting Scouts from around the UK. Georgina said.

I am really looking forward to having a go at the High Ropes and meeting new people

while Lola commented.

I am excited to try the 3G swing as I have never done an activity like that before.

Whilst this event was taking place at Gilwell Park, at the other end of the UK, Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre in Northumberland was hosting a sister event for the third year. with over 1000 Scouts and Explorers from the North East, Cumbria and Scotland enjoying snowy conditions. Hawkhirst is one of nine Scout Activity Centres across the UK and is known for its location set in the heart of Kielder Forest on the edge of Kielder Water.