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France 2012: 10 Years of International Adventure

posted 12 Jun 2012, 15:37 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 15:07 ]
Natalia tackles the incredible heights of via ferrata
Phillippa zips across Lac Bleu
For 10 years of international adventure 3rd Washington has been part of Houghton-Le-Spring District's international adventure. The annual trip put a smile on the faces of nearly 500 young people, challenged them all to do something that scares them helped them make lifelong friends, from the UK and abroad and helped grow a team of volunteers who give up spare time to scouting.

Last week 86 young people and adults embarked on a fantastic international adventure heading to Morillon in the French Alps for a week of challenging and adventurous activities. The trip marked the tenth year that Houghton-Le-Spring scouts has provided an international adventure for it’s scouts and explorer scouts.

During the week in France, scouts enjoyed white water rafting, climbing, canoeing, tackling terrifying a high ropes course, conquering a mountain hike and splashing about in a canyon. 28 scouts from 3rd Washington joined together girls and boys from all 6 scout troops in Houghton-Le-Spring district for a journey of self discovery.

The trip was led by a team of 20 adult volunteers who participated in all of the activities as well as supporting young people throughout the week and its not just the young people who are challenged by the terrifying heights or swept away by the power of the rapids.

Jessica Mains a scout from 3rd Washington (aged 13) said:

‘I love going abroad with scouts, we have such a great time and I’ve made loads of friends through scouting. My favourite activity is the white water rafting, it’s such a thrill.’ She added: ‘huge thanks to the leaders who plan the annual trips.’

Stephen Melia a volunteer adult (21) said:

‘I’ve been volunteering as an adult whenever I get the chance, but this is a trip worth taking some holiday for. It’s really inspring to spend a week away with scouts and explorers as it means a lot to them to be given the opportunity to go abroad.’

He added: ‘My work life has changing demands, so it’s sometimes hard to find the time to volunteer, however so it’s great that scouting offers me a role which allows me to get involved flexibly. Flexible volunteering is the way forward.’

Visit for photos and links to this year's blog. We'll be doing it all again next year, so look out for the launch event this October.

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 600 young people aged 6 to 18. For more information about scouting in Washington, Hetton and Houghton-Le-Spring, please visit or call 0845 300 1818