Members of the Fressingfield Explorers at the top of Kinder Scout, Derbyshire after a fairly gruelling climb up Grindsbrook Booth in near 30 degree heat, although well worth the effort. A fantastic week was had in the great outdoors ending in a particularly stomach churning visit to the Alton Towers theme park.
This year, for the first time in over 30 years, we sent a contingent to our local Jamboree.
3 Leaders, 2 Explorer Young Leaders, and 14 Scouts spent the week at NORJAM at the Norfolk Showground. This was a great experience for everyone. Our allocated subcamp was the ‘60s and we all dressed up in ‘60s costume for the closing ceremony, look at our Gallery to see the pictures.
The Scouts had two 3 hour long sessions a day of activities, a free cinema for the evenings (and it opened most of the wet day), souvenir shops, a milkshake bar, evening disco entertainment in the main ring and plenty of people to get to know. There was a Breakout day for everyone to either Pleasurewood Hills or Colchester Zoo and a Circus performance which were enjoyed by all.
Four of our Scouts after completing the Jacob’s Ladder team climb.
The available activity sessions included: a craft barn, a zip wire, air rifle shooting, go karts, circus skills, trampolines, bouncy castles and air bags, zorbs, clay pigeon shooting, abseiling, ninja assault course, caving, archery, crate stacking, funfair, kayaks, Jacobs ladder, ice skating, drum workshop, zumba, fairground stalls, stilt walking and much more.
One of our highlights was a quickly arranged football match – Fressingfield against a contingent from Egypt; two matches were played and honours were even.
The 150 acre site held several wasps, over 2,000 volunteers and approaching 5,000 Young People, who enjoyed 228,000 hours of activities. People came from 21 different countries and apparently 130 miles of toilet roll were used in the week!
The week at NORJAM was a fantastic experience the Scout Group is looking forward to the next one in 2022. The pictures will be collated on to the website so everyone can see what we got up to.
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With the growth of places for young people this also opens up the opportunity for more adults to join our team as volunteer leaders – this is a hugely rewarding way of getting involved with our Group. Leaders receive training, mentoring support, free uniform and discounted cost ‘adventure’.
For an informal discussion about joining our team please contact the Group Scout
Leader; Andrew Aalders – Dunthorne 07908262623.
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