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Winter Thrills 2014

22 January 2014

Thousands of Scouts were out in force for the annual Wintercamp. 

A highlight in the calendar for Scouts and Explorers (as well as Guides and Rangers), Wintercamp offers more than 30 different activities over two days, ranging from abseiling to zorbing.

Taking place at Gilwell Park in East London the weekend was jam-packed with high-octane adventure, with even more activities to choose from than ever before, including brush boarding and go-karting.

The best adventure.

The snow was nowhere to be seen this year, and while temperatures dropped to -2°C during the chilly nights, the 3,000 young people, along with nearly one thousand adult leaders, enjoyed two days of camping, cooking on open fires and experiencing fun under clear skies.
Phoenix (1st Roffey) went as part of the Horsham Weald / Young Leaders contingency which was a total of 38 Explorers, other groups included Orion, Paladin, Europa and Pegasus.

‘This was my first time at Wintercamp, the new activities were great. I would definitely like to go again and maybe visit Gilwell 24 in the Summer if the Leaders can put up with us again.’ says Owen.

‘The White water rafting was awesome, we went to Lee Valley by minibus after booking our places early in the morning, and the water was very COLD!!  I am sure the Guide capsized the raft on purpose!! It was nice to have a hot shower afterwards before coming back to camp’ says Louis.

A few members of the Group mentioned that their favourite thing about Wintercamp is meeting up with people from other Scout groups from across the UK. It is undoubtedly one of the best adventures.’

Chief Scout Bear Grylls, all-year round international adventurer, said, ‘Wintercamp provides a whole new adventure experience for young people. This challenge is all about empowering these Scouts with the confidence and skills to survive the sub-zero temperatures, and keep warm and comfortable in their tents.  It’s humbling to see so many inspiring young people enjoying such a wide range of activities, from climbing, abseiling, quad-biking and high ropes, all in January: the coldest month of the year. Go Scouts!’

The tents are now cleaned from all the Gilwell mud brought home, a BIG thanks to all the Phoenix Explorers that came to help John and Dave on Saturday 18th, your help was very much appreciated and over the past week to get the equipment back to normal…..  just the large mess tent to go now!!!

Thanks to all the Leaders that helped at Gilwell :-  Grizz, Chris, John, Ben, Alistair and Tom for your hard work over the MUDDY weekend.
To Elaine for arranging the fine details and organisation of the trip.

View the Pictures by clicking the link below……

Winter Thrills 2014