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It's a British Army Adventure!

posted 30 Sept 2012, 04:25 by Jonathan Chicken   [ updated 7 Apr 2013, 10:26 by Stephen Harrison ]
Scout under a cam net
Houghton-Le-Spring district scouts recently visited Albemarle Barracks in Northumberland for an action packed day with the British Army. The event, for scouts and explorer scouts allowed young people to  experience what life was like with the 39th Regiment of the Royal Artillery.

110 scouts attended. Following an early start, we arrived at the Barracks and were 'paraded' - finding out how the day was to unfold. Nine 'stands' including an assault course, vehicle expo, cam-net challenge, a chance to sample ration packs and even a hearty lunch in NAAFI! A tremendous of outdoor fun and challenge. See more photographsSome families fed back about the day: 

"...This was his first 'big' day out since moving up to scouts from cubs and he has thoroughly enjoyed himself. He is enjoying making new friends and the positive experiences he is having is making a difference to him personally - we can't thank you all enough for your efforts." (Parent of an 11-year old scout)

"...she had a fantastic day. Thanks to all the volunteers that put in a lot of time and effort making days like this happen." (Parent of a ten-year old scout)

One of our new adult volunteers, who joined scouting for the first time less than a month ago said, 

"I can’t express how much you get back out of scouting for all of the effort put in, it’s definitely one of the most rewarding things I've done with my life so far. Looking forward to future events already!

As part of their balanced programme, scouts undertake activities that are fun, challenging and adventurous. A day with the army provided all three of these core principles. The district team organise activities and experiences which provide additional opportunities for our local groups, supporting them to provide adventurous opportunities.