Scouts select sailing, skiing and scuba diving
Easter week saw Brookmans Park's scouts taking part in activities that would make most adventure holiday look tame, but that is probably because the scouts arranged and organised everything themselves.
On the agenda for the 2nd Hatfield (1st Brookmans Park) troop was a whole range of options, including cycling, camping, snowboarding, sailing, scuba diving, clay pigeon shooting, karting, dry slope skiing, rafting, and catapult making.
The scouts section aims for leadership input from the young people themsleves and, as a result, around 60 scouts, aged between 10 and 15, planned the whole week's activities.
According to local scout leader James Bentall, leaving the scouts to organise things themselves gives them valuable team work experience and improves their leadership skills.
"A main thrust of scouting is excitement, challenge and adventure, and with the number of scouts in Hatfield District up 23 percent on last year, more young people are finding out how much fun scouting can be," he said.
Already a number of scouts have expressed an interest in booking their place for next Easter's activities and, according to James Bentall, the line up of events for the summer term looks equally challenging.
"We are already thinking about activities for this next term and are planning survival skills, a camp, a caving weekend in the Mendips and a watersports camp," he said.
For more information about scouting in Brookmans Park you can visit the scout's website - www.brookmans.com/scouts. Content for this article was submitted by Brookmans Park scouts.
22 April 2003