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Scouts: We're Not Just Clowning Around

posted 6 Jul 2010, 15:00 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 14:56 ]
3rd Washington Scouts weren't just clowning around this week! We were mountain biking, taking photos, lighting fires, learning to survive and cooking up a fantastic dessert too.

For half of the scouts, it was all change this week as they started new adventures in the circus skills and the survival skills badges.

The circus skills group began learning the art of being a clown (for some it came more naturally than others) with face paints, balloon modeling and tumbling the order of the night. Next week they're learning to juggle, how to throw and catch a diablo and much much more.

Then the survival group took their first steps to emulating Bear Grylls by taking up the challenge of getting fires going without using a match. Next week they'll be shelter building and learning some more top survival tips before an overnight survival exercise which promises to be quite an experience...rumours of some wild animal food are abound!

Cyclists, photographer and chefs' groups picked up again where they left their adventure last week. The bikes group completed a local 14 mile bike ride tonight with some tough uphills followed by some awesome downhills to keep everyone fired about about bikes.

Chef's badge enjoyed apple crumble (traditional homemade loveliness) made from scratch with the help of Mrs Chappell in preparation for a cooking a three course meal next week, we can't wait to see (and taste) the results.

As if all of this wasn't busy and energetic enough, photographers trekked to the summit of Penshaw Hill to take landscape pictures and get some interesting angles of the monument. The results looked amazing and showed some real creativity! We promise we'll get the images online as soon as possible.

Scouts from 3rd Washington have been taking part in their Adventurexperts programme for the last 2 weeks. Made possible by a team of volunteer leaders, local supporters and businesses, the scouts are able to develop a diverse range of skills in specialist areas.