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1st Forres Scouts take part in Big Night In during virtual camp


By Garry McCartney

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Struan (11) and Gillies (13) Grant 'moon walking'!
Struan (11) and Gillies (13) Grant 'moon walking'!

YOUNGSTERS from a local children's group were prepared to "hike to the moon" following a challenge by TV wild man Bear Grylls.

1st Forres Scouts members took part in the Big Night In organised by the BBC which included a sponsored hike to raise funds to help those affected by the coronavirus.

Forres troop secretary Louise Berry confirmed the members who choose to take up the challenge were asked to walk a mile each, around 2000 steps or 20 minutes walking on the spot.

She said: "British chief scout Bear Grylls challenged all the UK scouts to walk a mile to see if they could reach the moon ... almost 240,000 miles away. They actually got there and back!"

John 'JB' Berry slept under a table.
John 'JB' Berry slept under a table.

The local scouts enjoyed a virtual camping trip, requiring them to camp in their gardens or houses, anywhere but in their bedrooms.

Ms Berry said: "Our job now is to keep momentum going so that when the time comes the boys and girls are motivated and excited to get back together.

"1st Forres Scout leader John Berry was delighted that our scouts and their parents embraced the idea and they had a super time."

She added: "This could be done in a tent or den they have made, in a hammock or anywhere indoors, just not in a bedroom or bed.

"They made supper and breakfast, washed up and tidied away. They were also encouraged to make camp gadgets like pot stands, washing-up bowl stands or clothes hangers with bits of string and sticks.

"Some of those with outside areas made campfires under supervision and performed songs. Their parents upload videos and photos of their activities to the Scout Leader and once the troop is back together again badges will be awarded."

Murray Williams slept in the garden and made a hanger for his shirt.
Murray Williams slept in the garden and made a hanger for his shirt.
Pheobe Dennis (11) slept in the bath.
Pheobe Dennis (11) slept in the bath.
Esme Bews (11) sleeping Harry Potter style.
Esme Bews (11) sleeping Harry Potter style.
Euan (12) and Beaver brother Calum (7) Gray toasting marshmallows.
Euan (12) and Beaver brother Calum (7) Gray toasting marshmallows.
Fergus Kenyon (12) making pit fudge.
Fergus Kenyon (12) making pit fudge.
Marcus McEwan (12) camped in his garden and cooked his supper over an open fire.
Marcus McEwan (12) camped in his garden and cooked his supper over an open fire.
Esme rainbowed her pony for a Thursday clap for the NHS.
Esme rainbowed her pony for a Thursday clap for the NHS.
Travis Bremner (10) and family at "Joe's Gym".
Travis Bremner (10) and family at "Joe's Gym".

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