Scout youth commissioner Hannah Kentish, visited Sudbrooke scouts camp on her first visit to Lincolnshire to see what scouting is offering to local youngsters.
Scouts from across Lincolnshire attended the camp which was a chance for the young patrol leaders and assistant patrol leaders to receive training for their scout leadership roles.
This included a range of activities, from climbing and caving techniques to survival skills and was the first camp of its kind in the county.
Lorraine Noble-Thompson, deputy county scout commissioner, said: “It is our intention to build on the success of this camp by running similar events throughout all of our sections, including beavers and cubs.
“We have a successful young leader training programme and it will be a great experience for our young leaders running camps like these.
“We are also looking at launching similar events, including a regular competition camp later this year and move around the region to different locations on an annual basis.”
Youth commissioner Hannah spoke with several young people at the camp and took their suggestions back to scout headquarters in London.
She commented: “It’s really exciting to see so many young people in Lincolnshire being given the opportunity to shape their own scouting experience.
“I was a scout myself from the age of 10 and before I got involved in chairing the youth forum, I was working for my own county team and eventually getting into my role that I am in now, working alongside our young people to lead scouting in the UK.
“There were there more than 100 10-14 year-olds at Sudbrooke developing their skills and becoming fantastic leaders.
“The whole camp was being run in partnership with the young people.
“I was absolutely blown away by the talented young people there and their achievements within Lincolnshire scouts.”
Explorer Scout Jack Leatherland, 14, who currently chairs the Lincolnshire County Youth Forum, added: “I think it is great that we have been able to meet Hannah this weekend, it has been a good chance for our scouts to speak to a senior leader in scouting and have their say on what they want scouting
to be like.
“For me, scouting is a great opportunity to do things I wouldn’t get to do anywhere else, there’s loads of activities.
“I started in beavers when I around six and have worked my way all the way up to where I am now, making friends every step of the way.”
For more information about Scouting in Lincolnshire visit www.lincolnshirescouts.org.uk or call 01522 546390.