1,200 celebrate at city Scout camp

25th Ecclesfield at Hesley Wood Scout Camp.
25th Ecclesfield at Hesley Wood Scout Camp.

TWELVE Sheffield Scout groups joined more than 1,200 members from across South Yorkshire at Hesley Wood, Chapeltown, for a rescheduled weekend camp.

‘Synergise’ - to celebrate the achievements of the local movement - was postponed last July because of heavy rain.

It finally took place to allow more than 40 groups, including Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Network Scouts, to try activities ranging from archery and abseiling to circus skills, rifle shooting and waterslides. A talent show featured musicians, dancers and magicians.

Assistant County Commissioner Andy Marsden said it was “terrific to see so many young people take part in the camp and meet others in the county. Camps like this can help to forge and build friendships that can last a lifetime and it really helped to show scouting at its very best.”

Over the past year, scouting in South Yorkshire has grown by 6.7%.