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66th Scouts Complete Expedition Challenge

18 September 2017

10 Scouts from 66th Bath Scout Group have just returned from the New Forest, after completing their Expedition Challenge. 

Over the course of the weekend, the 10 Scouts completed a 28km hike through the stunning New Forest National Park, working in patrols with minimal input from their leaders. As well as hiking, once they reached their campsite each evening they had the task of pitching their tents and cooking on Trangia stoves – again, all with minimal input from the adults.  

Despite having completely separate routes, the two patrols still finished within a minute of each other in different parts of the forest. Scout Leader Jodi Walsh said:

“All of the leaders are extremely proud of what our Scouts achieved this weekend. Even after a long hike, and the hard work of pitching and striking tents, the Scouts were still buzzing when they got into the minibus at the end of camp, and were really excited about what they had achieved. As leaders, watching a group of young people start from scratch and develop the skills needed to complete a challenge like this is extremely rewarding.” 

Throughout the weekend, the Scouts were supervised remotely by a team of leaders using two-way radios, and met up with their leaders at checkpoints along the way. 

The Expedition Challenge is one of 9 Challenge Badges that Scouts must complete to earn their Chief Scout Gold Award, the highest award available within the Scout Section.