MEMBERS of the 1st Lym Valley Scout Group, based in Uplyme, sharpened up their shooting and archery skills at a centre just outside of Moretonhampstead, on the edge Dartmoor, during a day away.
Scout leader Dave Wareham said: “We’ve been stuck doing activities in Uplyme for over a year now on and off and at last we’ve been able to go out and about.
“We’ve camped and done shooting before at Budleigh Farm, so it was good fun to go back and take some of the Scouts on a great day out.”
The Scouts spent the day learning how to shoot safely, improving their technique and co-ordination. The end result being that all of the Scouts learned new skills and picked up new confidence as well.
There was also the opportunity to do some archery, with the troop being able to use their new archery kit for the first time.
The trip also served a dual purpose as it allowed leader Dave, the group’s range officer, to renew his qualification. This will allow the group to continue offering target shooting to its members for many years to come.
Dave said: “It’s a great relief to have everything all signed off such that we can carry on offering this different activity to the kids.
“Young people today want do give everything a go, and being able to offer them something that they might not get the chance to normally do is quite rewarding.”
The troop have had a busy summer so far, keeping fit, doing team building and giving pioneering a go, and are looking forward to being much more out and about this term with more planned, including water activities, a hike, working on their local knowledge and are looking forward to being at the Uplyme Summer Flower and Produce Fair on July 10.