Sunday, June 23, 2024

Scouts on the South Downs Way

NEARLY 20 Scouts and a dozen adult volunteer Leaders from across Stanford-le-Hope & Corringham have completed a hike along the entire length of the South Downs Way.

The adventurous young people, supported by adult volunteer Leaders have spent the two week Easter school holidays hiking over 100 miles along the South Downs Way.

They started their hike on Sunday 10th April and headed West to East along the route towards Eastbourne where they finished in the middle of the town centre on Good Friday.

The Group spent the nights camping at a local campsite in Poynings and was ferryed out to, and collected from, the start/end points at the end of each day.

Each night the Scouts were encouraged to write a diary of their days experiences. Some of the Scouts said;
“Today was easy compared to yesterday but we went up two huge hills.”
“There was plenty of wild life which I enjoyed seeing.”
“Today we only walked 6 miles…. ….it was like a piece of cake.”

James Thomas, a Scout from 2nd Corringham added; “The trip was an awe inspiring exploration of the great outdoors. A test of personal qualities and extreme stamina. The South Downs way is an expedition that I shall not forget soon. I believe that of all the things, I have come away from the South Downs Way Hike as a better, kinder person who is willing to take on any challenges.”

All the young people now have the Easter weekend to rest before heading back to school next week to tell all of their friends about the challenging, but fun weeks they have had hiking the South Downs Way.


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