Rain can’t dampen ‘Water day’ Scouts

By Mark Elson   |   Senior Reporter   |
Wednesday 24th July 2019 7:28 am
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Scouts from 1st Royal Forest, Daniel Healy (left) and Ben Morrissey (right) have fun in the kayaks.

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IT might have been raining but that didn’t matter as hundreds of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders had a fantastic time at their annual ‘District Water Activities Day’ at Mallards Pike lake.  

Just under 400 youngsters braved the wet weather, to try out different activities around the lake.

Slalom kayak racing, canoeing, water football, toilet cistern filling, water pistols, drain pipe racing and rope throwing were just some of the activities available throughout the day. 

Co-organiser Carol Rushton said: “This is an annual event, a firm favourite of everyone here as we literally ‘take over’ Mallards Pike for the day.

“We must say a huge thank you to the Forestry Commission for letting us use their facilities and the lake. It really does make a lot of kids happy.

“This year was particularly rainy, but the kids don’t mind as they get wet anyway!”

Meanwhile, the SevernSteel Explorer Unit based in Blakeney showed their families what they’ve been up to in a ‘Kids v Parents’ challenge. 

The unit split into three groups and chose a typical Scouting activity to challenge the adults, with those selected den building, fire lighting and air rifle shooting. 

District Commissioner Gary Law attended the evening and presented the Explorers with their certificate.

Gary said: “Most of the adult volunteers we have in Scouting actually started off as regular parents.

“By setting this ‘Kids v Parents’ challenge we are giving the parents a chance to share the fun that their children have.

“The 2020 Vision for Scouting in the district is to enable us to grow and let even more young people access our groups.”

Scouting prides itself with a #skillsforlife tag line.

It lets children from as young as six years old experience activities in a safe controlled environment, and sometimes they get to do things they can’t at home.

Forest of Dean Scouts can be contacted via its Facebook page or email [email protected] for more information.

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