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So it’s that time of year again and I’m away with the 54th Portsmouth Scouts on their yearly summer camp.

This year we will be sleeping under canvas for seven nights not too far from Portsmouth.

Yes, it’s near to the city in comparison to other locations the troop have visited

We have decided to take advantage of the green spaces that are pretty much on our doorstep.

Thankfully, the weather is on our side this year, which makes everything even more enjoyable. We’re just praying that it will continue.

Activities throughout the week include air rifle shooting, badge work and cooking on open fires.

We also have a whole day of hiking ahead of us. The hike usually challenges the Scouts and pushes them out of their comfort zones, but it also turns out to be highly rewarding.

This year I’m assisting on the food and we have to cook for the staff.

Personally, that can be challenging at times but that’s what it’s all about.

I believe that if we remain comfortable and don’t push our boundaries, life isn’t as exciting or interesting.

I often discuss with my friends the benefits of having green spaces so near to the city.

The idea that we can escape from a busy environment so quickly is wonderful.

With the green spaces available just off the island, I like to cycle, hike and chill with friends and family. Do you ever do this? Maybe more young people should, as it’s healthy.

Also, the troop were requested to perform a guard of honour for a wedding where the bride would walk through.

This was unusual for the current young Scouts as they have never been given such a responsibility.

With the youngsters and myself as an active leader, there was a sense of privilege towards Scouting.

Whether you’re a Scout, Guide, cadet or part of a similar youth organisation, it’s important that we encourage each other to get involved.

Even if people participate for a short or long-term basis, it has a positive impact on their lives. Besides, it’s great fun.

Eighteen-year-old SAM POOLE goes to South Downs College and lives at Eastney, Portsmouth. Follow him on Twitter 
@shjpoole.