Scouts from Amersham and Little Chalfont joined 500 pals across Bucks at a sleepover at Gulliver’s Land and an annual orienteering day in Wendover Woods this October.
According to Bucks Scouts’ assistant county commissioner Niger Taylor, 250 Beavers slept over at Gulliver’s Land on two consecutive nights, although by all accounts not many children got much sleep.
“They had the run of the land,” said Nigel. “They were able to go on all the rides, they slipped into the theatre, restaurants and cafes.
“When the public starting arriving at 10am, they must have wondered what was going on with so many kids kitted out in blue jumpers and scarves jumping across pirate ships and sliding down water rides.”
At the Orienteering event open to Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and even adult volunteers, participants were given the chance to put to the test the map-reading skills they’d learned in local Scouting sessions.
“There were trails of different lengths for each age group,” explained Nigel. “Adult volunteers were able to do the trail solo, too.”
Next year, scouts from Amersham will have the chance to participate in another sleepover event at an as of yet undecided location. There will also be a young people’s awards ceremony in Aylesbury where exceptional Scouts will be recognised for their achievements.
For further information about how you can get involved with Scouts, see https://www.bucks-scouts.org.uk/