Over the weekend of 11th-13th January 2018 Scouts from Woodbridge joined 4,000 others from across the UK for the first camp of the year. The three day camp kicked off the year’s centenary celebrations of #Gilwell100.
Scouts aged 10 to 14 enjoyed the cold weather as they learnt the skills of putting up tents, cooking, empathy and looking after each other in winter camping conditions. As well as surviving the winter weather the Scouts tried out high impact activities like the 3G swing, abseiling, white water rafting and climbing. Scouts under 17 years of age even get their first chance to get behind the wheel of a car on a specially constructed under 17 driving experience. The combination of surviving the winter weather and trying out a range of adventure based activities tested each Scouts resilience.
In 1919 Gilwell Park became the home of Scout skills training for adults and young people when it was adopted by the Scout Movement as a training centre young people and leaders from the East End of London.
Since 1919 Gilwell Park been known as the place where young people and adult leaders come to camp, have fun learn new skills that help them in life.
Jack Nelson, a Scout from 5th Woodbridge said:
“I am a real adrenalin junking and have climbed all my life with my dad –I really enjoyed the high ropes course this morning. Scouting gives you really important skills like confidence and resilience which helps take on new challenges and activities.”
George Still, a Scout from 5th Woodbridge said:
“The high ropes were pretty scary but really good. Going to Scouts really gives you the chance to learn new skills and try out activities you won’t get anywhere else.”
Lily Soames, a Scout from 1st Rendlesham said:
“Scouting gets us outdoors doing lots of adventurous activities. We recently went on a night hike in our local area –we would have got lost without the map reading skills that Scouting has taught us.”