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The start of February can only mean one thing: our Patrol Leaders’ Weekend!

This is the third time we have run this event, and its like a steam train going from strength to strength.

The weekend is jam-packed full of workshops and adventurous activities. The event is aimed at Scouts who will become Patrol Leaders or Assistant Patrol Leaders within their Troops, to give them the knowledge and understanding of their role, and to allow them to meet Scouts from other Districts, across Merseyside, who are in a similar position. By the end of the event, we hope they have learned new skills, discovered more about their role, and have a better understand of how they can play a part in the Troop and support younger members. Ultimately, and most importantly, we hope they leave the event having made new friends for life and having had great FUN.

This year we are at Bispham Hall, we started the event on Friday night with meeting the team and each other, taking part in team building exercises including newspaper Guess Who and then supper. On Saturday, we had activity bases these included Patrol Leader training workshops which took place both indoors and outdoors and included shooting, archery and climbing. Scouts also managed to find time for snowman building and making one or two snowballs!

In the evening, we planned our hike and set off to the beacon after dinner. Despite the cold weather and a few inches of snow everyone had an amazing time and enjoyed the hike. The whole way up to and down from the beacon there was none stop laughter and happiness. Back from the hike it was time for 12th birthday celebrations with cake, party hats, party poppers and hot chocolate followed by a toughly contested patrol quiz (the leaders put in a team too!). Here we learned that turnips can grow on Mars but strawberries can’t and the T.V series Friends finished before any of the scouts on camp were even born!

Once again, this has been an amazing event and I would just like thank everyone who has camped this weekend, run bases or provided activities and cooked for us. These events can’t run without your support and we are fortunate to work with an amazing and committed team.
Thank You all very much.

Photos: West Wirral Scouts