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80 miles for 80 years

Night hikes are a regular part of the schedule at 1st Shipley Scouts, but the latest one on 7th March came with a mission – to cover at least 1 mile for every year that the 1st Shipley Scouts have been operating.  Prior to the hike, the Scouts were given a training session in navigation, map-reading and basic compass work by new Scout leader and qualified navigation instructor, Richard Betts.

On the evening, 19 scouts set out to cover a cross-country route from the scout hut to Barns Green of just over 4 miles each to reach the target of 80 miles in total.  Accompanied by 3 leaders and 2 parent helpers and kitted out with maps, compasses, torches, waterproofs and boots, the troop were blessed with a beautiful mild, dry evening, a starlit sky and the prospect of hot chocolate and biscuits at the other end!

The troop showed that they were very capable of putting what they’d learnt into action, recognising the features on the map to identify their location and to navigate in the dark.  We intend to continue to build on these skills to create really proficient navigators – and keen outdoor enthusiasts.  With Richard to guide the way and the South Downs on our doorstep, the opportunities for our scouts look pretty panoramic!

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