Scouts from across East Lancashire have been taking part in our County Skills Challenge competition testing their teamwork, leadership and puzzle solving skills. A total of 9 teams from across the County came to Bowley International Campsite and Activity Centre on Saturday 6th May to test their skills in a range of challenges based upon the core Scout Challenge badges. Bold Venture Park B from Darwen took away the honours on the day and along with runners up St Cuthbert’s from Burnley, they will now go on to represent East Lancashire at the regional Lord Derby Competition on 10th June.

With the event focusing on Scouting skills, the challenges that the teams had to complete ranged from traditional activities such as lighting a fire using just a flint and making a map in OS symbols from a set of instructions to the more obscure; trying to get water balloons as full and as far as possible.

Speaking to us about all of the challenges, Max, part the Leamington Road team from Blackburn, told us “The map challenge was my favourite because we can use what we learnt and put it into practice”. However, as expected from a group of Scouts, the majority said that the water balloon challenge was the best, with Leah from 43rd Rossendale telling us that she enjoyed it because “It’s fun getting wet and having fun with my friends.”

Speaking about the day overall, event organiser Paul Barlow said, “It’s great to see all of the Scouts putting their skills into practice and having a great time whilst doing so.
“The skills they’re using today will help them out not just without Scouting but in the wider community too. I’d like to wish both Bold Venture Park and St Cuthbert’s all the best as they represent East Lancashire at the regional competition.”

Chief Scout and TV Adventurer, Bear Grylls said “As a society, we do tend to get bogged down with ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that’ and I think it’s a shame – kids lose out on so much of the magic of the outdoors. I want kids to learn how to start fires without matches, build camps, climb mountains. Our ancestors had these skills for generations and now we are in danger of losing them.”

A full collection of photos from the event can be found online in our photo directory