Gosport scouts brave the cold and have fun

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SCOUTS from Gosport took part in more than seventy different activities during a camp with thousands of others from the scouting movement.

The local team joined 3,000 members for a weekend of fun at Gilwell Park Scout Activity Centre, in London.

The annual Winter Camp gives scouts the opportunity to take part in a range of activities such as abseiling, climbing, high ropes and zorbing.

Boys and girls aged between 10-18, along with nearly 1,000 adult leaders, also slept in tents for two nights and cooked on open fires. Tom James, 15, from 6th Gosport Scout Group, said: ‘Winter Camp was amazing. I did so much during the weekend.’

Chief Scout Bear Grylls, who is an all-year round international adventurer, said: ‘Winter Camp provides a whole new adventure experience for young people.

‘The challenge is all about empowering these Scouts with the skills to survive the sub zero temperatures, and how to keep warm and comfortable in their tents.

It’s great to see so many young people enjoying such a wide range of adventures, from climbing, abseiling, quad biking and high ropes, all in January, the coldest month of the year.’