Nearly 80 teenagers from Ormskirk have been camping together at one of the largest international events in the North West. Red Rose International Camp, which is organised by West Lancashire Scouts, sees Scouts from overseas including Denmark, Ghana and Tunisia camp at Westmorland Showground and take part in a range of adventurous activities.
While at Red Rose, the Scouts, aged 10-18, have taken part in activities both on and off the campsite such as rock climbing, mountain biking and rafting. As part of the international experience, the participants will be travelling to another adventure site nearby to experience more adventurous activities such as high ropes and air rifle shooting.
Over the past year Ormskirk has seen a huge increase in membership, with a 10 per cent growth in teenage membership and an increase of eight per cent in the number of adults volunteering to support Scouting across the County.
Saber L’bekkari, a flexible volunteer in Ormskirk said: “It’s great to see Scouts enjoying themselves and having a great time with fellow international Scouts. Scouting is growing and we want to be able to give more people to opportunity to enjoy the adventure that Scouting provides. I really enjoy it and have just as much fun as the young people.”
Thomas, aged 13, said: “It’s been great to experience my first international camp. I’ve had a fantastic time and I’ve really enjoyed all the activities that I’ve done this week. I don’t have a favourite activity because they’ve all been really good fun.”
Chief Scout and TV adventurer Bear Grylls said: “The reason why Scouting remains the largest youth movement in the world is that it’s got great core values. It’s about friendship, it’s about fun .”
For more information the Scouts or to join the adventure, visit www.scouts.org.uk/get-involved or call 0845 300 1818