Isle of Dogs Scouts put map skills to the test in Chiltern ‘great outdoors’ trek
PUBLISHED: 15:55 28 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:17 30 October 2015
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Scouts from east London put their best foot forward when they completed a 20-mile challenge through the Chiltern Hills in just six hours.
Three teams from the Second East London Group based at the Isle of Dogs took part in this year’s Chiltern 20 Challenge hike that took them through the rugged Oxfordshire countryside with only their wits—and scouting compass and map—to guide them.
One team managed the trek in just over six-and-a-half hours, while the other two got to the finishing line in about nine-and-a-quarter hours.
They had all put their orientation skills and physical ability to the test to receive certificates for their Teamwork Challenge badge.
The east London youngsters were among 300 Scouts taking part in the event, which has been held every year since 1979.
“It was inspiring seeing the Scouts in ‘the Great Outdoors’ using their skills to achieve something,” Scout Leader Colin Batsford who organised the event said. “Training the youngsters in various skills is fulfilling in itself—but seeing them use those skills successfully makes it all the more worthwhile.”
The hikers set off at dawn from Icknield Community College after thorough kit checks.
The junior trek was a slightly shorter route, aimed at encouraging younger Scouts to take part, while the Senior event was a longer test of skill.