Only way is up for Scouts and Guides at fun camp

CLIMBING Darling Duffield, 15, and Sam Thane, 10, enjoy the climbing wall. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123111-2)
CLIMBING Darling Duffield, 15, and Sam Thane, 10, enjoy the climbing wall. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123111-2)

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SCOUTS from across Portsmouth enjoyed a jam-packed weekend of activities at a two-day camp over the weekend.

A total of 167 youngsters teamed up with 82 volunteers for the weekend camp at Solent Scout Training Centre in Shedfield, near Wickham, to meet new friends and learn new skills.

SPLASH! Jamie Roberts, 12, and Leeroy Bunn, 11, take to the water. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (123111-7)

SPLASH! Jamie Roberts, 12, and Leeroy Bunn, 11, take to the water. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123111-7)

The young Scouts and Guides took part in exciting pursuits such as abseiling and an assault course.

They also tried their hand at woodland craft, archery, cooking, circus skills and handicrafts.

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Frank Jonas paid a visit to the camp on Saturday.

Ashleigh Scott, 12, from 26th Portsmouth Guides, said: ‘It has been fun.

‘You get up to things that you wouldn’t normally do elsewhere.

‘You meet a lot of people that you don’t know and get to work with them in teams.’

Chloe Harrison, 14, who attends 26th Portsmouth Guides and Springfield School, said: ‘I’ve had a great time. You get to meet new people and make new friends and all the activities are good fun.

‘The camp is really quiet and nice to stay out here. You get to explore sometimes which is great fun.’

Ewan Elber, 12, from 65th Portsmouth Scouts, said: ‘I have met new friends. The camp is well set up and clean and there is lots to do here.’

Jessie Wright, 11, from 64th PortsDan Hickin, camp organiser and from the 62nd Scout group in Cosham, said the idea of the weekend was for the children to meet new people and enjoy the fun.

He said: ‘They are always a bit nervous at first when they are split into teams so they are meeting new people, and they all seem to gel really well.

‘We plan this for 18 months and it takes so long to plan but it’s over in two and a half days.

‘The basis is to have fun but some of them are skill building and the older ones are helping the younger ones.’

Team leader Lauren Wood said: ‘They really enjoyed it and it’s really good for their confidence.’

Cllr Jonas said: ‘It’s a brilliant camp.

‘I have never seen so many youngsters doing activities and enjoying themselves.

‘They are taking them out of the city and into this environment.

‘It really is amazing. They are learning and with everything they do here, whether it’s climbing or using the ropes, they are improving their individual skills.’