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A Weekend of Firsts for Washington Scouts

posted 21 Jul 2011, 02:23 by Stephen Harrison
Scouts Enjoy Campfire
Some experiences you will remember for the rest of your life, like spending your first night in a tent, lighting your first fire or the first time you spend a night away from home.

This weekend, Scouts from Washington’s newest troop, 1st St Robert of Newminster Scouts enjoyed a packed programme as they spent their first ever night away as a group. The activities, based at Fatfield Scout Hut, encouraged our young people to work together and to support each other through a pioneering challenge, to learn some new skills such as backwoods cooking and we even fitted a visit to the Flow Rider at Heworth Pool in too.

The highlight of Friday night was the Flow Rider, Scouts enjoyed the challenge of riding the 30 mile an hour wave, trying new harder and harder tricks until they fell off. The instructors showed us how to do even cooler stuff and within no time Scouts were standing up on the board.

On Saturday Scouts tried their hands at some more traditional Scouting activities. In groups Scouts lit fires and cooked themselves bread while another group built monkey bars and challenged each other to cross the bar.

One of the Scouts, St Roberts School pupil, Liam Musgrove, 12, said “We had a fantastic weekend, having the opportunity to stay in a tent, to light a fire and to go on the Flow Rider was so exciting. I’m really proud to have been part of the troop’s first overnight experience"

Not only was it the first nights away for Scouts, it was the first overnighter organised by the St Roberts leader team. Scout Leader, Rosie Quinn said, “it was a weekend of self discovery for us as a leader team and for our young people. As a relatively new leader into Scouting I’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve had in making the event happen.”

1st St Roberts Scouts is part of Houghton-Le-Spring Scout District and provides adventure for young people aged 11 to 14 based at St Robert of Newminster School. The aim of the group is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. The troop is lead by teachers from the school who give up their spare time as volunteers to run the Scout Troop and the school itself has been hugely supportive of the Group.

Find Out More Houghton-Le-Spring District is one of the largest Districts in Durham Scout County. The District supports 6 Groups to offer adventure and challenge to over 500 young people aged 6 to 18. For more information about Scouting in Washington and Houghton-Le-Spring, please visit or call 0845 300 1818. To find out how you can join our growing adult team, please visit.