A party of over 25 scouts and leaders from the Hunsworth scout group joined over 2000 scouts and guides from the UK and abroad, in a week of fun and adventure, when they attended the Red Rose camp, held on the Westmorland showground near Kendal.
Scouts had the opportunity to take part in a wide range of onsite activities such as the ‘fun zone’ where a giant inflatable assault course and laser tag were the most popular activities, but with bouncy castles, canoe assault course, circus skills, gladiator challenges, sumo wrestling and volley ball, there was never a dull moment. Also on site were the skill, adrenalin, discovery and creative activity zones, where scouts were tested on the back to basic skills of fire lighting and branding. On the adrenaline zone the scouts agility and courage was challenged on the climbing wall, low ropes course and the labyrinth cave.
Moving into the discovery zone participants were given the opportunity to take part In mind blowing experiments from extracting their own DNA to firing bottle rockets and making erupting volcanoes. In the creative zone scouts were busy making Red Rose souvenirs including hats, metal dog tags and using wood working machinery to produce useful items such as egg cups, woggles, ornamental mushrooms and drinking goblets.
The offsite adventure day saw the scouts rock climbing, mountain biking, rafting, geo caching,
Fell walking, orienteering and competing in archery and shooting challenges. If that was not enough adventure, the next daywas ‘Splash day’ on Lake Windermere, where just about anything that floated, such as canoes, kayaks, sailing dinghies, bell boats and even dragon boats were there for them to try, under the expert tuition of dozens of instructors.
The final offsite day was for exploring the surrounding areas. Groups were given the choice of four different trips to go on; with a range of activities and places to see as part of the coach tour. The 11th trip, started with a walk around Bowness during a torrential downpour, followed by a lake cruise down to Lakeside, where a steam train was waiting to take everyone to Haverthwaite; here a tour of the old engine sheds was exiting for some, but a chance to shelter out of the rain for others. The final leg of the tour was to Grizedale Forest where a short walk, tour of the gift shop and time in the adventure playground allowed the scouts to get better acquainted with one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
In a week that was full of new and challenging experiences, happy memories and new friendships the atmosphere was electric, yet tinged with sadness, when over 2000 participants gathered in the arena to mark the end of the camp; that was Red Rose 2014. Will the 11th be there in 2018? A Full Photo Gallery is available here at http://www.11thsv.org.uk/photos/scouts-red-rose-camp-2014/