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2 July 2018

Congratulations to Henry, Joseph, Dhruv and Stuart who completed a 20km two-day hike on the hottest weekend of the year, camping overnight at Danemead Scout Camp in Broxbourne Woods.

With Henry taking the lead, the four Patrol Leaders planned their route, worked out what equipment they needed to take, drew up a menu and did the shopping.

Tents, stoves, fuel and food were shared out to carry between them and they set off from Cheshunt Station, heading north alongside the River Lee. This was a “journey with a purpose”, namely, to carry out a survey of the litter left on Herts footpaths, so as they walked they were making notes and taking photos.

On arrival at Danemead in the afternoon, they checked in, pitched their tents and got a fire going before cooking their meal and relaxing for the rest of the evening.

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In the morning it was a not-so-early start, breakfast, packing up and saying goodbye before setting off south-west through the woods and finishing at Goff’s Oak after lunch.

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A real achievement, requiring a whole range of skills including planning, scoutcraft, risk assessment, navigation, physical fitness, self-reliance and teamwork. We’re looking forward to hearing more about it when they give the Troop a presentation as part of the Expedition Challenge.

 

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