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SCOUTS spent the day in the sunshine as they took part in a 15-mile walk.

A dozen scouts from the 43rd Hilsea Scout group took part in the walk with the Hampshire Lion’s Club and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Lynne Stagg.

The group walked along Langstone Harbour and it gave the scouts the chance to earn two new badges as well as raising money.

During the walk, the youngsters got to spot different types of wildlife and introduce themselves to the Hampshire Lion Club.

Beaver Scout leader, Clare Thorpe who led the walk with her group, said it was a great opportunity for them.

‘This activity gave the Beaver Scouts an opportunity to explore the local area they live in,’ she said.

‘But they also got to create their own mini adventures and what’s better? It doesn’t cost a penny to get on the move.

‘It was also a great way for the group to raise much needed funds.’

The 15-mile walk is an annual event held by the Hampshire Lion Club.

It was launched 10 years ago and named the Langstone Harbour Walk.

It raises money for a number of charities including Scouts and Army Cadets as well as Naomi House children’s hospice in Sutton Scotney.

The Scouts raised an estimated £300.

They hope the money will go towards a new laptop.

The hike also gave the youngsters the chance to collect two new badges which were only launched this year.

These are the communicator and fundraising awards.

Caleb Rowlands is an eight-year-old Cub from the 43rd Hilsea Scout group.

He said: ‘I really enjoyed exploring the shoreline and walking with my friends.

‘I like Cub Scouts because I get to learn lots of new skills.

Alice Barnes, six, added: ‘I really enjoyed the hike with the Beavers and Cubs.

‘I liked spotting the different types of wildlife while I was walking along with my friends.

‘I really like Beaver Scouts as I get to work towards different badges and learn lots of new things.

‘We have lots of fun playing different games.’