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Audlem Scouts do Cheshire Hike 2016

6th April 2016 @ 6:06am – by Kelly Brammer
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After months of preparation and training the time had finally come to put everything they had learnt into practice over the weekend, as our Cheshire Hikers took part in the 50th Anniversary Cheshire Hike.

We dropped them off at Sandbach HQ in the early hours of Saturday morning, to have their bags checked and weighed (again) and they were handed their maps and the coordinates to plot their route for the weekend.

Off they set in search of their observation boards and checkpoints, navigating their way through town and country, where the skills they have learnt were tested to gain points against many other teams across the whole of Cheshire.

Incidence checkpoints meant they could get more points against the rest of Cheshire and included tasks such as first aid, remembering the knots we learnt to complete tasks and general knowledge quizzes amongst many other things to test their knowledge and skills.

Our junior teams (Thats age 11- 12 1/2) walked 19km on the Saturday to reach base camp and another 12km on the Sunday to reach the finish at Winsford Academy.

At base camp the teams were to pitch their own tents and cook their own meal, which they have carried all that way. In fact they have carried everything they need for their challenge over the weekend. (Those packs were heavy!!)

Well, three excited scout leaders arrived at Winsford Academy on the Sunday, front of the queue, to see how they had all done. Security was tight and despite our special 50th anniversary neckers, we weren't allowed through the gates until 4pm, the suspense was killing us! Finally we were allowed in for the awards ceremony.

Our scouts had done amazingly well, all finishing and still in relatively high spirits despite being exhausted. A massive well done to all that took part.

This is a fantastic event for young people to be involved in. It increases confidence and enables independence. They gain so much from experiences like this and we are so proud of our teams for doing so well.

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