North Tameside Scout District had their competition camp in which the Scouts were tested on their skills, held at Ashworth Valley Camp Site in Rochdale.

Friday night was pitching their tents and equipment and a planning meeting for the weekend finished off with a wide game late into the night. Saturday consisted of a full day of challenges for the Scout patrols, lighting fires, tent pitching, orienteering, problem solving, cooking, archery, knots.

The Worshipful The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Denise Ward and her Consort Cllr David McNally attended the camp to see what young people in Scouting can do, starting with afternoon tea with the Leaders with the appropriate red carpet treatment. She then went onto to check the Scout patrols at the various bases, this was followed by an evening meal cooked by Chef Darryl Houghton and Chef Thomas Edgehill both leaders from 413th Droylsden.

It was then collecting wood for the camp fire which the Mayor and her Consort had the honour of judging the songs and skits preformed in front of about 100 Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts once the camp was lit for the first time and it roared into flames .

The Mayor said, ‘It was a very difficult task to pick the winners as all the patrols were brilliant and I had a good laugh. I also got pulled out to do the song singing in the rain, but this was a campfire version and I had to sing it with my bum and tongue stuck out, what a laugh that was for us all’.

The competition carried on Sunday with first aid bases with the final winners of the competition camp trophy being 413th Droylsden comprising of the Patrol Leader Abigail, the Assistant Patrol Leader Ola, Sean and George. George who had only joined the Scouts 3 weeks ago said, ‘It was brilliant, I can’t wait for the next camp even though I was a bit cold’.

Second were 2/1st Hurst Raven Patrol, in the first aid competition the winners who won the first aid trophy were 2/1st Hurst Raven Patrol and second were 2/1st Hurst Fox Patrol.

Assistant District Commissioner Heather Pearce who presented the trophies said, ‘It was a fierce competition over the weekend for the two coveted trophies and each team was ahead at some point. For so many of our younger Scouts this was a great experience and it certainly showed age and experience dot not mean everything. They all did incredibly well and their Leaders and their parents should be proud of them.

The Mayor commented on her visit, ‘That was certainly a different Saturday night for me, those young people were fantastic in the things they do in Scouts, and it’s a pity all young people don’t go through Scouts’.

Alan Fish thanked the Mayor for judging the campfire songs, and agreed with her that many young people could benefit from Scouting but, we are very short of Leaders and behind the scenes supporters that run Scout groups.

If you feel you could help contact: alan.fish@ntscouts.org.uk or phone: 07931765120 or go to: www.ntscouts.org.uk for more information of a Scout group near you.