Uplyme Explorer Scouts win national challenge

The Powder Monkeys winning team Starboard – Darci, Rhys, Logan, Finn and Richard – up on the podium with their trophy

A TEAM from the Powder Monkeys Explorer Sea Scout Unit, based in Uplyme, beat more than 380 teams in Cirencester Park to be crowned the winners of Strategy – a national Scouting challenge where participants have to complete 30 activities spread over 3,000 acres. 

Despite the wet weather, the team from the Powder Monkeys persevered and managed to get the highest number of points out of all the teams to come first. A second team from the Powder Monkeys place in 28th.

Also in attendance was Scouts from the 1st Lym Valley Group, also based in Uplyme, for whom this was their fifth Strategy weekend.

They managed to beat their personal best, with their teams coming 14th and 87th placing them in the top 25 per cent of teams in the country.

There was a range of activities for them to have a go at from climbing to caving in a ‘Cave Bus’ and inflatable challenges to rifle shooting.

Sarah Dean, Explorer Scout leader, commented: “Wow! Just wow! We never expected to win it, but one of our teams did; their hard work did pay off. “For some of them it was their first time there, so for them to do that well first time round is brilliant, we’re certainly going to have a party to celebrate.”

Scout leader Dave Wareham added: “It was great to take the Scouts up to Cirencester and for them to the larger world of Scouting. I think when they’re suddenly in a field with 2500 other Scouts and their leaders, it suddenly makes sense what a big thing they’re a part of.”

Group Scout leader Josh Yelland continued: “We’ve had a remarkable weekend. I know a couple of our leaders were in tears when they heard one of our teams won, they couldn’t be prouder.

“It’s amazing what our Scouts and Explorers go and achieve, especially when they put their minds to it.

“Our Scouts had a brilliant weekend as well, smashing their previous best. As our group goes from strength to strength I hope more young people can enjoy success like this.”

The 1st Lym Valley Scouts and Explorers who attended the weekend together after the challenge
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