Sutton Coldfield Scouts put the "out" in ScOUT in Birmingham County
8th May 2019
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Sutton Coldfield Scouts are gearing up to put the "out" into ScOUT in Birmingham County with this year`s District Camp.  Last year the Scouts of Sutton Coldfield East represented the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield at the Jurassic International Jamboree in Dorset.  One of the activities was going to the birth-place of Scouting on Brownsea Island. 

This year the Scouts from Sutton Coldfield East District are going to Gilwell Park between 17 - 19th May.   "We want to visit the home of adventure" explained Assistant District Commissioner for Scouts Adam Hodson.  "Gilwell Park is close to London but with the tranquility of a woodland location.  Gilwell Park is famous throughout the world for it`s Scouting heritage, beautiful setting and stunning range of activities.  We are going to put the "outing" into "Scouting!"

  Gilwell Park boasts modern lodges, plenty of open camping space and spectacular views of London.  There are 108 acres available for fun and adventure and for young people to experience the freedom of the outdoors.  Activities include 3G swing, archery, backwoods cooking, campfire, climbing, crate stacking, Jacobs ladder, medium ropes, rifle shooting, zip wire and minibeast safari.

    "I can`t wait!" said Adam.  "It`s going to be cool and amazing!  We have also made plans to explore the nation`s capital.  We have modified a version of a Monopoly Run type game used by Focus Explorer Scout Unit in Sutton Coldfield.  We have made it more suitable for our Scouts to complete because they are younger in age.  Scouts are 10 - 14 and Explorers are 14 - 18 in age".  

Adam believes that young people in Scouting immersed in the outdoors learn skills, work as a team and develop a sense of responsibility.  "There is so much to do!" he said.  "We are  also exploring the capital because there are direct trains from Chingford to London Liverpool Street every 15 minutes and we could follow in the footsteps of heroes at the Olympic Park and relive the magic of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games.  Or go wild at Lea Valley ands explore a 26 mile long 10,000 acre park and enjoy a wide range of sport and leisure activities.  Or even go out with a bang at the Royal Gunpowder Mills in 175 acres of open parkland and discover the history of gunpowder and explosives with our Scouts. 

There is so much to do; we put the "out" into "ScOUT".   In addition to doing all of that - as that is not enough for a mega-packed weekend - Sutton Coldfield Scouts are packing in education, fun and adventure into the weekend with trips to Buckingham Palace and the Natural History Museum.

  Sutton Coldfield Scouts are recruiting!

  Flexible opportunities available.  if you are interested please contact Ian Henery, Assistant District Commissioner for Development on or go direct to the website:

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