HURST EXPLORER SCOUTS RISE TO THE 24 HOUR CHALLENGE

HURST EXPLORER SCOUTS RISE TO THE 24 HOUR CHALLENGE

Hurst Explorers from Hurst Cross Ashton took part in the Scouts Gilwell 24 Hour Challenge at the Gilwell Activity Centre in London Essex.

Gilwell 24 is non-stop action packed weekend where the Explorers and Rangers have to stay awake for the 24 hours and take part in numerous adventurous and exciting activities across the site which keeps them entertained.

The ninety eight activities, included everything from A to Z including fairground rides, bands, zip wires, discos, water slides, bands, bag jumps, bungees, kayak simulators, DJ workshops, laser tag, diving and many more.

To see the Explorers and Rangers in action on some of the activities go to www.gilwell24.info. Lewis a Hurst Explorer Scout for the third year running won the selfie challenge out of thousands of Explorers and Rangers, and at the closing ceremony of the weekend was presented with an iScout tent.

The Hurst Explorer Unit came third out of over 350 teams, from all over the country and abroad, in the Gauntlet Challenge.

The challenge is to carry out fifteen challenges in the early hours of Sunday morning, no easy task after travelling to London, sleeping over night in a tent and carrying out activities from 9 o’clock on Saturday morning and keeping their eyes open.

The North Tameside District Explorer Scout Commissioner, Alex Mee said, “The girls and boys in my unit absolutely loved the weekend and all the activities they took part in, and most slept all the way back to Ashton.”

Alan Fish from Scouts commented, “If young people could see what Scouts get up to, a lot more would probably join Scouts.” The problem is that most think it’s still short trousers, dib dib dib, dob dob dob, and tying knots! It’s not! Scouting today is nothing like that!

To find out more about Scouting near you contact alan.fish.161te@gmail.com or 07931765120 or goto www.scouts.org.uk/join