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Scouts Celebrate Local Heritage

posted 18 Sep 2011, 09:34 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 15:01 ]
Scouts take part in tug of war at Washington Herritage Festival
Scouts "fly" at North East Aircraft Museum's Exhibition
Scouts have been joining the local community in celebrating the history of Washington at this years Washington Heritage Festival. We supported the event for the second year and this time the event had even more to offer including music, performance, traditional crafts, games and exhibitions.

The event began with the Mining Banners Parade through Concord to Albany Park, Scouts were proud to join the parade with the mining groups, air and army cadets, guides, brass bands and general public.

Scouts spent much of the day exploring the exhibits in the park, Ryan tried his hand at wood turning and can report that it is much harder work than it looks and requires a huge amount of patience. Meanwhile Matty and Chris tried pretty much everything else, dressing up as Saxons with the Saxon re-enactment group, taking up the driving seat of a 1920s steam roller (and pulling the cord which works the whistle), finding out about army helicopters at North East Aircraft Museum's display and not forgetting riding the teacups.
Ryan tries his hand at woodturning

In the heritage tent, Scouts were amazed by the images of Washington presented by Washington History Society which showed a different place to the Washington scouts know like steam trains running through the town and the huge pit heaps.

As well as enjoying the work of other community groups in the area, Scouts supported the heritage theme of the event with some of our own heritage in the main tent. We also ran tug-of-war games for the public and displayed our camping gear with our young people talking to the public about what we do. Many thanks to the Scouts who took their turn at manning our history stand and who talked to people about how Scouting has changed and modernised into its current form.

Leaders enjoyed the opportunity to find out more about where 3rd Washington can support community events and other community projects in the area, look out for this in future programmes.

3rd Washington Scout Group encourage all of their young members to be active members of their local communities. We aim to help young people get the most out of life by becoming better citizens in local, national and global communities.
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