It was all oars to the water as Scouts from North Tameside took to the Ashton Canal for their annual water activity day including Dragon boat races.

413th Droylsden Scout Leaders organised the day outside their headquarters on Fairfield Square and Scouts from all seven groups took part in the races on the Ashton Canal.

The Scouts first took part in a safety briefing about being on the water and wearing buoyancy aids and safety helmets, before taking part in raft building, canoeing, water sliding and the big final a Dragon Boat race, after some practises.

A few Scouts did get wet, but it was all part of the fun day in the sunshine. It was a nail biting final Dragon boat race with the eventual winners being 413th Droylsden beating 3rd Ashton by a very narrow margin of 0.67 seconds with the 6th Ashton Scouts coming third.

Mark Sullivan Scout Leader at 413th who helped to organise the day said, “It’s been a great day and it’s good to see all Scout groups taking part.”

Freya Jones Scout Leader 339th said, “Even though we didn’t win it has been a fantastic day; my Scouts have really enjoyed it.”

Andy Morton commented, “Its wonderful seeing young people enjoying themselves in the adventures that Scouting gives them.”

Alan Bray presented the trophies to all the Scouts.

If you would like to take part in helping young people to enjoy Scouting, there are many roles that don’t include being on a canal, as a helper just doing little bits like helping to fund raise or to help the Leaders on a section night when you are free.

For all the information about Scouting contact alan.fish.161te@gmail.com or 07931765120 or look at www.gmescouts.org .uk/join.