Guides and Brownies from Beeston and Toton joined thousands of youngsters from all over Notts at MegaMoot – a unique event staged jointly by Girlguiding Nottinghamshire and Nottinghamshire Scouts over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Claimed as the biggest camp for young people ever run in the county, MegaMoot Nottinghamshire was held at Walesby Forest Outdoor Activity Centre and attended by some 4,500 young people, ranging in age from five to 25 and was supported by 500 adult volunteers.
Brownies, Cubs, Scouts and Guides plus Senior Section, Explorers, leaders and supporters camped out for the three nights, with a special day camp held on the Sunday for the organisations’ younger members, Rainbows and Beavers.
Kate and Molly, both aged 10 and members of 2nd Beeston Guides, had an “awesome” time.
“I was part of a special Gang Show in a Day and also really loved climbing to the top of the climbing wall,” said Molly, whilst Kate thought the kayaking and land zorbs were “great fun”.
Toton Brownie Grace had an extra surprise when newly-appointed chief guide Amanda Medler stopped by for a chat.
Amanda was attending her first big camp since being appointed and was the guest of honour at a reception held on the Saturday.
A huge diversity of MegaMoot activities ran throughout the weekend, all chosen after consultation with a panel of young people during the build-up period.
They included kayaking, rafting and water-zorbing, an assault course, climbing wall and zip wire, drone piloting, ice skating and star-gazing, pioneering, crafts and backwoods cooking, circus skills, drumming and dance workshops, giant sumo and gladiator duelling. segways, mountain biking, karting and BMX.
“This was a tremendous joint venture and I’d like to thank everyone who took part, especially, of course, our brilliant MegaMoot volunteers,” said Jackie Brocklehurst, county commissioner for Girlguiding Nottinghamshire, who was camping with her unit from Gedling.
“Everyone worked really hard to make it an unforgettable event and from my own experience I’m convinced the adults had as much fun as the youngsters.”
Steven Tupper, the new county commissioner for Nottinghamshire Scouts agreed, saying: “It is fantastic to see young people from across the county taking part in so many great activities.
“The feel around the whole camp was one of fun and adventure.”
Pictured: Grace of 1st Toton Brownies with newly-appointed chief guide Amanda Medler.