Portsmouth Scouts take on Summer Camp challenges

Children taking part in the Hampshire Scouts summer camp
Children taking part in the Hampshire Scouts summer camp
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Dozens of Scouts from across Portsmouth have joined hundreds of others for a week full of fun, challenge and adventure at Hampshire Scouts Summer Camp.

The camp, held at Lyons Copse in Shedfield, gave youngsters the opportunity to try lots of outdoor activities including climbing, rafting and hiking.

Many of the youngsters made new friends after their week away.

Charlie Beddoes, 13, from the 53rd Portsmouth Scouts in Paulsgrove, says: ‘Not only were we cooking for ourselves, we were also learning new skills like first aid.’

Josh Green, 12, from the 28th Portsmouth Scouts in Baffins, says: ‘I’ve made some new friends and I’m going on a cycling trip with them. Pioneering has been the most challenging part so far.’

Daniel Masons, 12, from the 61st Portsmouth Scouts in North End, Portsmouth, adds: ‘Camping out for seven nights was really good fun and so were the day trips out. There were too many activities for us to take part in.’

Organiser Dom Howell adds: ‘Whether you want to get involved with sports such as kayaking and archery, learn new skills like first aid or DIY, or simply meet new friends, Scouting has something for everyone. And that’s what this camp was all about.’

There is a waiting list of people wanting to join Scouting. To find out more, visit portsmouthscouts.org.uk