A month of adventure for Hemel Hempstead’s scouts, cubs and beavers

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July has been a month of adventure for hundreds of children who are members of Hemel Hempstead’s beaver, cub and scout groups.

First they cycled down the 10-mile Nickey Line between Hemel Hempstead and Harpenden to raise sponsorship money towards their equipment and maintaining their buildings.

It's been an action-packed month for Hemel Hempstead's scouting community.''July 2013

It's been an action-packed month for Hemel Hempstead's scouting community.''July 2013

Then more than 300 beavers, cubs and scouts and their families took part in a campfire and cookout evening at Phasels Wood, near Kings Langley. They made dampers - scout-style bread made from dough, pocket-sized pizzas in frying pans, sausages in foil, apple fritters, chocolate bananas and popcorn. Then they sang campfire songs.

At a later date, there was the Nimrod Challenge in Phasels Wood, where 19 teams from the Hemel Hempstead District Scouts fought to complete a circular route in the fastest time.

They had to pitch their team tents, then navigate the route using grid references that were given to them, competing a task at various bases along the way.

The 1st Kings Langley Scouts won the competition.

There were plenty of other scouting adventures during July, too, including one where youngsters tackled a self-made obstacle course while wearing onesies.

July is also the month when the Hemel Explorer scouts completed their passing out parade at Hemel Hempstead Fire Station.