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June/July 2013 Hawks Air Explorers Have a 24 Hour Adventure at Gilwell 24

By Catherine Read

Nearly 4,000 Explorer Scouts and senior section Guides took on the Gilwell 24 challenge and enjoyed a sundrenched weekend of activities. An action-packed 24 hours at Gilwell Park this weekend saw Explorers and Guides enjoying a whole host of high-energy fun including zorbing, hot-air ballooning and trapeze. The Scouts, aged 14-18, enjoyed the scorching weather and took part in activities from 9am on Saturday morning all the way through to 9am on Sunday, with no sleep. Always an annual highlight on the Scouting calendar, Gilwell 24 2013 didn’t disappoint. ‘The spinney ride was the best activity because we went as a group together,’ said Deanna Newstead, 17, from 9th Fromford Scout Group, Unit A Explorers. Other favourite activities included quad biking, scuba diving and caving. The AA took part in the 24-hour adventure and offered driving lessons to Explorers and Guides,All of the action from the weekend was captured and broadcast on Avon Scout Radio. The Bright Sparks Project got involved and held a live lounge session where young people got the chance to sing, dance and showcase their creative talents for the chance to feature on a forthcoming Bright Sparks album. The young people also got the chance to follow in the footsteps of their Olympic heroes at Lee Valley White Water Centre – one of the venues during London 2012.“Lee Valley is insane, the opportunity to go whitewater rafting where Olympians were last year was brilliant,’ said Murray, 17, from Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit in Kent. Check out the video to see some of the weekend’s highlights, there's also more reports on the Gilwell 24 facebook page.

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