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Scouts from Baldock learn new skills at centenary celebrations

PUBLISHED: 16:37 18 January 2019 | UPDATED: 16:54 18 January 2019

2nd Baldock Scouts braved the cold in first camp of the year. Picture: The Scouts

2nd Baldock Scouts braved the cold in first camp of the year. Picture: The Scouts

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Scouts from Baldock joined 4,000 others from across the UK for the first camp of the year.

The three-day camping session at Gilwell Park kicked off the year’s centenary celebrations of #Gilwell100.

Scouts aged 10 to 14 enjoyed the cold and lots of mud as they learnt the skills of putting up tents, cooking, empathy and looking after each other in winter camping conditions.

2nd Baldock Scouts braved the cold in first camp of the year. Picture: The Scouts2nd Baldock Scouts braved the cold in first camp of the year. Picture: The Scouts

As well as surviving the winter weather, the Scouts tried out high impact activities – like the 3G swing, abseiling, white water rafting and climbing.

Scouts under 17 years of age even had their first chance to get behind the wheel of a car on a specially constructed under-17s driving experience.

2nd Baldock Scouts braved the cold in first camp of the year. Picture: The Scouts2nd Baldock Scouts braved the cold in first camp of the year. Picture: The Scouts

The combination of surviving the winter weather and trying out a range of adventure based activities tested each Scouts resilience.

Freddie Hartley, aged 12 from the 2nd Baldock Scouts, said: “I’ve just done the obstacle course blindfolded.

2nd Baldock Scouts braved the cold in first camp of the year. Picture: The Scouts2nd Baldock Scouts braved the cold in first camp of the year. Picture: The Scouts

“It made me think about how it must be for a blind person, and how much I had to rely on my friends.

“Scouts allows us to develop empathy skills, which help us to be more considerate to others.”

In 1919 Gilwell Park became the home of Scout skills training for adults and young people when it was adopted by the Scout Movement as a training centre for young people and leaders from the east end of London.

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