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Scouts: Adventure in the City

posted 20 Feb 2013, 13:17 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 15:03 ]
HLS in the City
Scouts enjoy exploring the world around them
Take 100 scouts, transport them to Scotland's capital, book two world class attractions, a tour guide and a party venue and you've got an awesome adventure In The City.

3rd Washington joined with 70 scouts from Houghton-Le-Spring District for the ultimate day trip to Edinburgh. Our local bagpiper got us in the mood to cross the boarder into Scotland playing scouts onto the coaches at Washington Services. Without delay, we were on our way North.

First stop was the terrifying Edinburgh Dungeon. Andrew and Hannah were called up to the dock and sentenced to lifetime imprisonment, the rest of us guilty by association to their terrible crimes. As we followed the dark tunnels below the city streets, we were taken to the torture chamber where scouts discovered tales of horrific suffering and Ben experienced being caged.

As we passed through the Dungeons, we learned stories of William Wallace and his charge against the English, we learned of Scotland's brutal past and the suffering endured during the Great Plague. As we stood in Mary King's Close, the ghostly story teller disappeared before reappearing further down the street, spooking scouts and adults alike. Super-brave scouts then ended the dungeon tour on the Extremis drop ride.

James, 10, said, "The dungeon was really scary, I got the shock of my life when we were sitting in the graveyard in the dark... Something touched my feet and then the graves moved. It was terrifying."

After a quick stroll through Edinburgh, scouts arrived at Our Dynamic Earth a journey from the beginning of the world to the present and beyond, taking in the big bang, the ice age, glaciers, dinosaurs and the constant changing of the earth's surface. We experienced a 4D adventure taking us across the main biomes of the planet, with wind, smell and snow thrown into the mix. Scouts left their mark on the giant block of ice in the museum and experienced the humidity of a rainforest.

Pizza and Party
Next up, scouts were back on the coach to explore the city, our fantastic guide Ewan to giving a little local knowledge on the way, amazing views included Edinburgh Castle looking down on the city, the new and very modern Scottish Parliament Building, Authur's Seat and Princes Street.

The day rounded off by bringing everyone back together for pizza and party, with special guest Big Pete providing some amazement with some marvellous close up magic tricks while scouts danced to Gangnam Style and the Macarena.

Photos are now online in our gallery.

Through a fun and balanced programme, scouts enjoy real experiences that help them develop a better understanding of the world around them and learn essential citizenship skills for the future.