Scouts from across Leicestershire took over the Leicestershire Outdoor Pursuits Centre for the annual County Splash Camp. Over 250 young people aged 10-14 took part in a wide variety of activities ranging from the traditional canoeing and raftbuilding to more adrenaline fuelled activities such as scuba diving and zipwire.
The Scouts were bouncing with energy as they began their first activities, excited to participate in various challenges they hadn’t had the chance to try before. James, from Belton and Harron Scout Group told us “I’ve really enjoyed sailing the most, because there was a lot of wind so it went really fast and we got wet!” Shane Shanesictna, 14 from Harborough also told us about his favourite activity: “I really enjoyed Scuba Diving the most because I’ve only done it once before so I found it really enjoyable!”
As well as participating in water activities, there was also plenty of dry activities for the Scouts to get involved in. Joe Pubjoy, 13 from Ashbey and Coalville District explained why he loved having a go on the High Ropes: “I really enjoyed doing the High Ropes because I never get the chance to do anything like this so I’m really happy I had the opportunity to on camp!” Sam Calock from 1st Loughborough Scouts told us how he felt when he went on the Zip Wire: “I really enjoyed it because it feels so exhilarating; it feels like you’re flying because it goes that fast!”
Not only did the Scouts have an amazing time, but so did the Explorer Scouts and Young Leaders. Hannah Jones, 14 from South West District told us why she enjoyed assisting at this years’ Splash Camp: “I thoroughly enjoyed helping the Scouts because I think it’s important as they might be able to do it later on in their Scouting career.” She also said “we’ve been helping out across the camp with getting the Scouts to and from their activities, we’ve helped with the cooking and we got the opportunity to have a go on the High Ropes at night – It was really fun!”
To top off an incredible weekend, the commitment of the adult volunteers was recognised when Colonel Martin, Leicestershire Scouts President, took to the waters to award Paul Taylor, one of the kayaking and canoeing instructors (and better known to his Scouts as ‘Pilot’!) the Award for Merit whilst some of the 250 scouts taking part in the annual Splash Camp looked on. Paul was awarded this medal for his committed service to Leicestershire Scouts, especially with the water activities team. There was also time to celebrate the highest achievement in scouting for a youth member, when Sarah Jane Dove was presented her Queens Scout Award. SJ, as she is known, has been working on her Queens Scout Award alongside her Duke of Edinburgh awards. When asked what she had enjoyed most about her awards she explained “Sailing, because it’s what I do. I also volunteered with a local scout group in York, where I am at University.”
Congratulations to the award holders and thank you to the County Splash Camp organisers for holding such a fantastic event!