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Rucksacks in hand and enthusiastic grins across their faces; the Scouts of North East District took over Willesly Campsite for a fun-filled weekend of adventure and challenges! Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers each took part in a massive range of activities, from Abseiling to the exhilarating adrenaline rush of the Zip Wire. 

The atmosphere was a continuous bubble of sheer excitement as the young people descended upon the site to put their knowledge of camping skills into practise, by pitching their own tents in preparation to spend their first night under canvas. Despite the following early morning start, the joyous mood of the district was still evident and shown clearly through the buzz of the Beavers as they started the day with a very special guest; Archie Ant! He and his friends took to the stage as they used their funky dance moves to encourage the Beavers to join in with Archie’s signature dance  Chocolatte, as well as echoing a boisterous chant of  go, go Archie across the site. Ieuan, a Beaver from the 43rd said he really enjoyed watching the Archie Ant show -  I liked it when he was singing and dancing!  

Throughout the day the young people had the chance to have a go at the challenging activity of Climbing, as Scouts Josh and Adam from the 78th told us.  It was really good, it was hard because when I was climbing I couldn’t get my grip but it was exciting, you knew what you had to do and you set goals for yourself. When asked what his favourite activity of the weekend was, Giles of 75th Cubs exclaimed I liked the spider mountain because it s really cool! The slide is almost vertical and it’s really quick... Its adrenaline pumping on the climbing up, but then it’s really scary and at the same time fun down the slide!

The entire weekend was an amazing whirlwind of events, and so what better way to end the main activity day than with a campfire! The Cubs, Scouts and Explorer campfires were entertained by Andrew Derbyshire (aka Skiprat), which followed a sequence of songs and skits, such as “Camp Fire’s Burning”, “If I Was Not a Scout”, and “The Penguin Song.” A memorable experience was had by all, as Scout Spencer from 33rd/65th stated  We’ve done a lot of exciting activities we wouldn’t be able to do anywhere else.

Write-up: Holly Sloan.       Photos: Alam Navsa/Sam Johnson