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A total of 600 Scouts from Portsmouth gathered for their biennial city camp recently.

The camp, held at Lyons Copse near 
Shedfield, gives six to 18-year-olds the chance to experience a range of activities over two days, including rafting and climbing.

Young people on the camp also got to enjoy a variety of circus-themed activities, such as circus skills and food including popcorn and candy floss, to complement the camp’s circus theme.

Angel Kerr, an Explorer Scout from Paulsgrove, said: ‘District events like this camp give us a chance to meet people from all over Portsmouth.

‘As well as the amazing activities like a caving course on a trailer, I also had the chance to catch up with friends who I haven’t seen for a while.’

Local radio station 93.7 Express FM broadcast live from the camp, speaking to Bobby Kerr and Ryan Patourel, who spent the summer at the World Scout Jamboree in Japan with more than 20,000 Scouts from around the world.

Ryan said: ‘I had the biggest adventure of my life over the summer, but coming back to Portsmouth has shown that scouting can affect people at every level.’

The World Scout Jamboree takes place every four years, with the next World Jamboree happening in 2019 in North America.

District Commissioner for Portsmouth Scouts, Dan Hickin, said: ‘I get so much out of being a leader with the Scouts.

‘I get to see young people try things they’ve never done before and the achievements that were made over just one weekend show that we are really having a positive impact on the young people we work with.’

Andrew Dane, a Cub Scout from Cosham, spent the camp with a group of older Scouts and said: ‘This weekend has been really fun and I’ve learnt a lot by coming here with older Scouts.’

To find out more about Scouting in Portsmouth, or to become a volunteer, go to portsmouthscouts.org.uk or phone 07842 436772.