9 teams from Hemel Hempstead District Scouts this weekend competed in Green Beret, the biggest, toughest countywide annual Scouting challenge. The weekend consisted of sleeping in sub zero temperatures and completing various optional activities, and a compulsory assault course and orienteering task. 117 teams in total took part in the competition and a further 29 training teams joined in the fun, camping at Gilwell Park, the ‘home’ of Scouting in the UK.
Teams of 6 Scouts entered the competition which was broken into three sections on Saturday: morning, afternoon and evening, with activity bases opening at 8am and closing at 11pm. Together they completed as many bases as possible, and they were marked on various criteria. Each team’s 10 highest scores were added to their mark for the assault course and orienteering challenge, and counted towards the total.
Activity bases varied in nature between physical and intellectual challenges. Examples of bases included a cannon run, an over-the-scout-van-climb, a giant hoopla, a pole climb, karaoke, world flag quiz, geography quiz, puzzles, music and listening challenges, 4-in-a-row, card games, crossing a minefield, and many others.
Hemel Hempstead Scout Groups joined together opting for a central District catering facility, and Leaders cooked a hearty three course meal of roast beef and all the trimmings to ensure our Scouts were well fed and warm before starting the evening’s activities. Kings Langley Scouts serenaded the cooks to a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody while they waited to be fed. With temperatures overnight plummeting to -4’C everyone woke to a beautiful frost trimmed view of Gilwell’s Tent City on Sunday morning!
The highest placed teams from Hemel Hempstead District Scouts overall were 1st Leverstock Green B and A, who finished in 9th and 10th places respectively. 1st Leverstock Green B were placed 3rd in the activity bases, while Leverstock Green A came 2nd in the assault course, with 1st Apsley Geese close behind in 4th. All the teams from Hemel Hempstead gave 100% effort and the Leaders across the District are very proud of their achievements.