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Scouts join big camp centenary celebrations

PUBLISHED: 17:33 23 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:34 23 January 2019

Pictured left to right are Sudbury Scouts Dylan Cook and Elliott Sparks who joined 4,000 other scouts for a three-day camp at Gilwell Park. Picture: SIMON CARTER

Pictured left to right are Sudbury Scouts Dylan Cook and Elliott Sparks who joined 4,000 other scouts for a three-day camp at Gilwell Park. Picture: SIMON CARTER

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Sudbury scouts joined thousands of other youngsters from across the UK at a winter camp at Gilwell Park in

Epping Forest.

The three-day camp kicked off this year’s centenary celebrations of Gilwell becoming adopted by the Scout movement in 1919 as a training centre for young people and leaders from the East End of London.

The modern-day Scouts learnt traditional skills such as putting up tents, cooking, empathy and looking after each other in winter camping conditions, and also tried out more modern activities including the 3G swing, abseiling, white-water rafting and climbing.

Among them were 12-year-old Dylan Cook and Elliott Sparks, 13, of the 3rd Sudbury Sea Scouts.

Elliott said: “I’ve been doing adventurous activities such as climbing. I’m a Sea Scout so have done a lot of kayaking and canoeing. We learn skills such as how to cope when you capsize so you can get out of trouble.”

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