Proud Scouts land camp gold awards

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Three Scouts from Ilkeston have been celebrating after taking home gold awards at the recent International Scout Camp event at Chatsworth House.

Millie Roberts, Matthew Jackson and Harvey Payne, of 10th Ilkeston (Stanley Common All Saints) Scout group were awarded the accolade at the ceremony held at Chatsworth Park.

Every five years the Duke of Devonshire kindly hosts an international Scout and Guide camp on the Chatsworth estate.

This year some 5,000 Scouts and Guides from all over the world gathered at Chatsworth for a week of fun, games, entertainment and just getting to know young people from other cultures.

David MacAllister, assistant county commissioner for Scouts, presented the youngsters with the award.

The gold award represents the culmination of a series of challenges which Scouts need to meet in order to achieve a high standard.

Harvey Payne said of the event, entitled Peak 2015: “Peak was the most amazing experience of my life so far.

“The activities were awesome and kept us all challenged and entertained.

“It taught me skills only they could teach me and I met the most interesting people there.”

During the course of the week, scouts were able to take part in many activities including sailing, climbing, kayaking, air rifle shooting, mountain biking and reversing tractors.

Other activities included hovercrafting, diggers, clock making and swimming, as well as african drumming and wheelchair basketball.

Campers were also paid a special visit from cheif scout Bear Grylls.

Scout Liam Pickering said: “The best part was getting to see Bear Grylls and get his signature, which is now in a frame on my wall.

“It was also great meeting different people from all over the world.”

Young leader Roan Gallacher added: “I enjoyed working with the young people as a young leader and doing so many activities.”

This year, the scouts also attempted to beat the world record for the most people wearing onesies at once.

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