A group from 8th Penwortham St Teresa’s Scouts were the winners of the 2018 West Lancs Bowlander Trophy, a two-day hiking and map reading competition.
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Teams of between four to seven scouts aged between 11 and 14 navigated their own way along a 16km route around fells and footpaths near Scorton and stay overnight at Guy’s Farm Campsite. The scouts were judged on their navigation skills, camp craft skills and team work.
The team members were: Daniel Ebden, Toby Hothersall, Jack Smith, Luke Clarke, Sophie Adamson and Eleanor Gaughan
John Topping, of 8th Penwortham St Teresa’s Scout Group, who won the 2017 Lord Derby North West regional skills competition, said: “It is not a race, but a severe test of their hiking, map reading skills and stamina as they have to arrive at a number of checkpoints within a limited time window based on their own estimated timings.
“Overnight, Scouts demonstrated their camp-craft skills including pitching their tents, cooking and doing their own washing up. In the morning, the scouts had to cook their own breakfast and then complete another 10km navigation test. It is a great way for the Scouts to learn independence and team work but in a safe and enjoyable environment.”
Participants gained an Expedition Challenge Award, which goes towards the Adventure Challenge, Outdoor Challenge, Team Leader & Teamwork Challenge badges, Hill Walker, Hikes Away and Nights Away Awards.