Muddy fun and a chilly goat
YOUNG members of the Ruislip Eastcote Northwood Scouts kicked off their new year with a winter camp.
Around 80 scouts aged 10 to 15 braved the rain over two days at a campsite in Hillingdon borough and had a great time taking part in activities on the theme of ‘Up in the Air’.
They flew model hot-air balloons and made planes from drink cans as well as waterpowered rockets.
The children also attempted a mountain rescue simulation and took part in the ‘Chilly Goat Challenge’ – the origin of the name is lost in the mists of time, say leaders.
A spokesman said: “All agreed that they had greatly enjoyed their time, despite regular downpours.”
The group is also welcoming a new district commissioner for 2016. Stephen Plume has been a keen member of the scouts for 30 years.
He paid tribute to his predecessor Leo Mindel and said: “It will be a tremendous challenge following in his footsteps. One of my many ambitions is to see the Scouts who ‘survived’ the mud at the weekend going on to complete their Scout and Duke of Edinburgh Awards during the coming years.”
See www.renscouts. org.uk to find out how to sign up a child for scouting.
n OUTDOOR FUN: Ruislip Eastcote Northwood Scouts enact a rescue at their winter camp