2nd/1st Hurst Scouts in Ashton have an international camping trip every three years, the last one was to South Africa and involved camping at the top of Table mountain and working in the rescue wild life sanctuary, African Dawn, looking after Cheetahs and other animals and birds.

This year their destination European, where earlier in the week, eight 2nd/1st Scouts and five Hurst Explorers with six Leaders left rainy Ashton for an international tour of camping around the South of France and the Netherlands.

During their trip, they will be camping in Reims, Lyon, La Savane, Vilenue, Monnetier-Mornex (Geneva), Paris, Maastric and Lille for a total of 17 days before returning to England.

Alex Mee, DESC the District Explorer Scout Commissioner said, “Part of the tour will involve looking into the history of some of the monuments and churches plus the Eiffel tower; it has taken quite a long time for the team to plan this expedition, but it’s been worth it now the adventure has started.”

The Scouts and Explorers arrived at Reims on Thursday morning after travelling overnight through the channel tunnel and in a rush to get some sleep; they all had the tents up in just over an hour, so they could get a well earned sleep!

Following the one night stay in Reims they were off on the next stage to Lyon for another one night stay, but at their next stop at La Savane they are staying for 3 nights to take in the and take part in activities.

Renowned for their maturity and professionalism, the group will be staying with adventure specialists Acorn Adventures – a firm favourite residential venue with uniform groups, where they will spend time in the onsite swimming pool, before setting off canoeing and rafting for two days down the Ardèche River, staying in their own made bivouac’s overnight and taking part in some climbing and caving.

Then they are off to another of Acorn Adventure’s residential sites at Vilenue.

If you would like to be involved in the adventure of Scouting as a Leader or supporter to help young people to take part in similar events or just helping young people in their local headquarters without going camping you could carry out badge work or games to help the Leaders as we are short of supporters in many of our groups, then contact: alan.fish.161te@gmail.com 07931765120 or go to www.gmescouts.org.uk/join to find your nearest Scout group where you could help.

There are even jobs like being a Secretary or Chairperson – where you don’t have to be near kids if you don’t like them, but it usually does help if you do!