Seventeen Scouts from the 3rd Wisbech troop went on an ambitious summer camp that was two years in the planning.
They took in two countries, travelling to Scotland and Northern Ireland, for an action-packed camp they are sure to remember for years to come.
Their first stop was Sandhead in south-west Scotland where they set up their base camp on a raised beach. A two-day backpacking expedition took them to the fishing village of Portpatrick where they had been given special permission to camp beside the sea on the Dunskey estate.
Their next destination was Northern Ireland via ferry, where the youngsters and leaders visited the Giant’s Causeway. Two Scouts were invested among the hexagonal basalt columns. They also paid a visit to the Carrick-à- Rede rope bridge, a Himalayan-style bridge which crosses a chasm one hundred feet above the foaming sea.
Returning to Portpatrick, the Scouts attended church in their uniforms and met local people. They enjoyed kite flying on the beach, paddling in the sea and even got to go pony trekking, a first for almost everyone. They trekked through the scenic grounds of the Lochnaw Castle estate.
They spent their final night in comparative luxury at Newton Stewart Youth Hostel before returning to the 1st Spalding Scout HQ to be welcomed by their parents.
The camp was hailed as the best ever by the Scouts who attended.