Muddy fun and a chilly goat

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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