We love it! Scout group returns to Lakeside
If you’re involved with a scout, brownie, guide or other youth group, have you thought about treating them to an adventure weekend at Lakeside?
Out of season weekend visits don’t need to break the bank, and it can be a rewarding experience for everyone involved. 5th Penwortham URC Scout Group has been visiting Lakeside for several years and the scouts, cubs and beavers get more than an armful of badges out of their visit.
5th Penwortham URC Scout Group
More than 200 cubs, scouts and leaders travel to Lakeside on the last weekend of November for their annual winter camp. On the Saturday, a further 80 Beavers/Leaders will join them for the day.
It’s one of the highlights of the year for the Penwortham Scouts, which is the largest scout group in the UK, as Leader Mike Sullivan explains:
“Lakeside is large enough to accommodate all our young people and they can’t do enough for us. The instructors are excellent, and they stay with their group taking them from one activity to the next, so the children get to know them and feel confident.
“We love it at Lakeside and, even though it’s November, the range of activities on offer is fantastic. It means that our young people can earn both adventure and water-based badges while they’re here.”
This year, youngsters aged 6 to 90 years, will attend the camp, as the Penwortham Group’s President, Jean Frew (age 90) is visiting for the first time.
“We know that Lakeside can accommodate all our needs whatever our ages. They also do everything for us. In fact one of the benefits is that it’s more like a holiday for our leaders so our winter camp is a way to thank them for their help throughout the year. We also have 20 young leaders, volunteers aged 14-18 years, joining us,” adds Mike.
Benefits of the Lakeside winter camp
- Size – Lakeside can accommodate up to 250 visitors overnight.
- Range of activities – lake and land-based activities are available, enabling the group to earn a range of adventure badges.
- High level of instruction – all activities are conducted under the guidance of fully qualified instructors.
- Safe environment – full safety equipment and instruction are provided making sure all adventure activities take place in a safe environment.
- Cost – by holding the winter camp in the off-peak season, costs are kept to a minimum. The Penwortham Scouts also hold special fundraising activities to subsidise the cost.
A fun way to end the season
It’s Lakeside’s last blast before the centre takes its winter break, and it’s always a great way to finish the season, as Tony Ball, programme operations manager, says:
“It’s a busy, fun-packed weekend and a great way for us all to close the season out. We’re all looking forward to welcoming Penwortham scouts back to Lakeside.”