Potters Bar Scout leaders took great inspiration from a Derbyshire Scout for their recent 9th annual Leaders Hill Walking Weekend.
The Scout in question was Kinder Scout, the highest peak in Derbyshire, visited on the Saturday and Stanage Edge visited on the Sunday, both in the Derbyshire “Dark Peaks”. All in all, they were two very fantastic walks, set amongst two beautiful, yet very contrasting landscapes.
As always, the hill walking weekend is a brilliant & fun way for Scout leaders, from different Scout Groups within the District, to meet up, socialise and share ideas for future programmes or events.
The idea of these “Hill Walking Weekends” was first started in 2009 by our very own Chris Brunning, scout leader of 5th Potters Bar. It was arranged especially to encourage leaders to take part in the District summer camp of 2010, at Hertfordshire Scout’s Lochearnhead Railway station in Scotland. Ironically the same applied to this year’s weekend as the District will take its turn in hiring the scout station during 2020.
As well being a great laugh and a relaxing wander amongst nature, an important element to the weekend is to encourage our leaders to take up the necessary training to gain their Mountain Leader’s Permit. This would enable them to take young people into the hills, so they can have their own adventures on the many peaks and troughs of our countryside.
The Scout Association’s mantra is #Skills for Life and this applies to not only our young people in the Association, but very much our leaders as well. Whilst Derbyshire is not as remote as Lochearnhead, competent map reading and navigational skills were still very much required. Our leaders young and old delighted in the challenge of plotting a route across the top of Kinder Scout, plotting a route around the infamous peat ditches and dealing fantastically as team when conditions meant you had difficulty seeing a person 10 metres away let alone the horizon.
It is vital to foster this togetherness and enthusiasm as today, young people are perceived to spend less time outside in the fresh air. It is therefore crucial that we work together to give them the best possible opportunity of experiencing the great outdoors, which in turn can give huge boosts to self-esteem and confidence.
Scouting in Hertfordshire does just that at Group, District and County level thanks to our many experienced leaders. However, due to our reputation for getting out there, waiting lists are getting ever longer, there is always a need for new leaders to both help us maintain what we’ve built and grow in new and exciting ways.
This is where YOU come in. If you feel you could help young people reach their full potential through physical and mental challenges, like hill walking, become a Scout leader today and help push our young people of Potters Bar to achieve, and be the best they can be.
Speak to our District Commissioner Kerry Clark and any one of our District Team, who are all looking forward to hearing from you.
Call 01707 657338 or email us for more details, and who knows we may see you at the 10th Leaders Hill Walking weekend in 2020.