A HUGE activity day involving Scouts from Hucknall and the rest of Nottinghamshire has been hailed a ‘truly amazing’ success.
UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls, famous as a survival expert and TV presenter, literally dropped in — arriving by helicopter — for the event at Harvey Hadden Stadium in Bilborough.
He joined in with 1,500 Scouts, including more than 120 from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Hucknall groups, for a range of activities.
These included abseiling, bouldering, climbing, caving, high ropes, laser tag, lateral thinking challenges, making things and slack-lining.
For the first time the Scouts tried to conquer the ‘spider mountain’, a 23ft-tall giant tube. They had to climb vertically through a series of seven chambers made up of horizontal webs of criss-cross elasticated bungee webbing. When they reached the top, they faced a 20ft vertical drop slide.
Some activities challenged the Scouts’ leadership and teamwork skills, while others were designed to develop problem solving. Some of the more traditional Scouting challenges like fire-lighting, pioneering and cooking also formed part of the programme.
Chloe Burrell (eight), of 4th Hucknall Cubs, said: “It was really good fun. The slack-lining was great and the ‘spider mountain’ was really amazing.
“It was really exciting seeing Bear Grylls and hearing him talk about how cool Scouting is.”
Another member of 4th Hucknall Cubs, eight-year-old Matthew Tunstall, said: “I can’t believe we saw Bear Grylls, he came over to talk to us. It is one of the best things I have ever done.”
The event was supported by the Freemasons’ Grand Charity, which has donated £5,000 to the Nottinghamshire Scouts to develop Scouting, and retailer John Lewis Nottingham, who gave 100 hours of staff time.
Hucknall’s Conservative MP, Mark Spencer, attended the activity day, which was the biggest event run by the county’s Scouts this year.