The 12th Go Hiking.
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.