As pat of their challenge they were asked to write a report on their expedition and the following is just that in their own words.
Scout trip to Raven Gill Campsite. (Report 1)
We started our journey at Elm Ridge as we walked to Darlington station. Upon arrival we grabbed a snack and got on the train to Thornaby station then to board another train to Danby. Once at Danby we began a long hike to the campsite. We pitched tents and started unpacking and making some pasta and pesto.
We played games on the field explored the campsite and ended the night with a hot chocolate.
The next morning we woke to the sheep and started packing we later had some breakfast and put down the tent washed up and cleaned teeth. After we played around in the grounds one last time we finished packing up all the stuff and made our way to the station got on the train and arrived at Darlington.
By Josh, Alistair, Summer and Edmund
Scout trip to Raven Gill Campsite. (Report 2)
We set off from elm ridge and accidentally split up from another four, we walked to the station where we bought coffee and hot chocolate, we then boarded the train and got off Thornaby and boarded another train to Danby. Once we started the walk Archie got us lost making us have to retrace our steps and find our way. On our way back we saw a dog which started barking. We followed a path west until we found a field and then walked up the road. We walked on a path surrounded by heather for almost a mile until we found a birch forest and walked through it having to take numerous breaks as Robbie got blisters. Once we passed the forest we followed a path to box hill and stopped again. We then followed the ESK way bridleway until we found another path. We walked by lots of farms and took multiple breaks but we finally met up with the other half of the group, unfortunately they ran off. One of them dropped their bottle so we had to carry that and shouted at them that we had their bottle but they didn’t listen. We carried it for about half a mile until summer stopped for it. We eventually arrived at the camp.
Once we arrived we pitched our tents in the rain and set up the event shelter. We cooked pasta and pesto and had cake and custard for dessert. Me, Fraser and Henry went exploring the site and found a dead sheep which we thought was pregnant but wasn’t. We informed the warden and then played hide n seek and lighthouses in the dark. After that it was lights out but not many of us actually slept. In the morning we put our tents down, Robbie’s very slowly, and had our breakfast. We then took down the event shelter and took the bags to Nigel’s car where they got packed away. With plenty of time to spare we were allowed 20 minutes of free time before setting off to get on the train and head back to elm ridge.
Freya, Henry and Fraser (but mostly Freya )
Scout trip to Raven Gill Campsite. (Report 3)
We set off from Elm ridge and walked to Darlington train station and caught the train to Thornaby and from Thornaby to Danby station and from there to Raven Gill campsite, we only got lost one time at the start and it was mostly smooth sailing from there. At the campsite we made pasta and pesto with hot dogs and tuna. Later that night we played a few wide games such as hide and seek and lighthouse. The best thing about the camp was the area we could use”
After what seems like an age on Zoom, the Scouts at the 12th have been out and stretched their legs. It was time to put those navigation skills learned online to use in the real world.
The hike was an opportunity for the Scouts to complete their stage three navigation badge by completing a 10 km walk, and for our older Scouts, the chance to lead and earn their challenge badges.
Our scouts were split into groups of six, with a lead scout in charge of navigation. Early morning meet at Low Dinsdale, a lot of rain and mud and away they went, alone with nothing but a route card, compass, and whistle (possibly a big bag of sweets).
The walk took them across fields, through forests and to potentially face the mighty Sock Burn worm. Teamwork was needed to bring all scouts home safely, with only a few detours on the way.
They returned tired but having used those #SkillForLife, one more adventure done.
We followed up with the Climb When Ready with a Mini – Cleveland Hike (Morning Hike)
Wil one of our older Scouts suggested this as an activity, knowing that Wil had already taken part in the Cleveland Hike propper, we set him the challenge of organising this himself, he came up with the route – Winston to Piercebridge with check points and the challenges, ranging from simple quiz questions to puzzle solving of moving a ball along a river bank with only two sticks and a piece of rope.
We split the teams into two Boys Vs Girls, They had to get to Winston on the bus by themselves and meet at the first check point in Winston, They then followed the Route Card supplied by Wil, with the challenges on the way, in the end the boys won by 5 mins once we took off the penalty points at the check points.
Our DC also turned up along the route to see what we were up to, trying to put our groups of the scent of the next check point.
Both Leaders and Scouts thoroughly enjoyed the day and we will definitely be doing something similar next year.