PAINTED ROCK CRAZE GOING STRONG IN THE TAMESIDE AREA

PAINTED ROCK CRAZE GOING STRONG IN THE TAMESIDE AREA

If you go down in woods today, you might be in for a big surprise, as a new fun community project is gradually sweeping across the nation.

The craze, which is a variation of an old treasure hunt-type of game is becoming popular in the Tameside area and has been enthusiastically adopted by Tameside Scouts who will be out in force placing painted rocks in public places.

Tameside Rocks for Scouts has now started on Facebook where members paint rocks and hide them in public places like parks, and popular walks. The scouts then post their rock pictures on the ‘Tameside Rocks’ Facebook page and offer clues as to where they are hidden.

Cub Scout Leader Amanda Hampson thought it was a great community activity that people could do, by first painting the rocks and then going for a walk to hide them in a public place and whilst searching for other people’s rocks.

The Scouts will be painting rocks at their HQ’s and then hiding them in their local areas. The Scouts will then go out into parks and on local beauty spot walks, looking for other people’s rocks, and take photos and describe its whereabouts.

This would be then put on the Facebook page ‘Tameside Rocks’ and the Scout would collect the rock and hide it somewhere else.

Amanda Hampson said, “This is a great idea for young people of any age to get involved in art and the outdoors.”

Alan Fish from Scouts said, “This is a good idea to get young people into the outdoors and can even advertise Scout Groups, but as we only paint small rocks, it would be difficult to add all the contact details, so for further information, please contact me on: alan.fish@ntscouts.org.uk

Alternatively you can call: 07931 765120 or visit: www.gmescouts.org.uk to find your local Scout, to save carrying a massive rock with it all on.

For information on Tameside Rocks go to Facebook Tameside Rocks.