Notts Guides and Scouts combine for their ‘biggest ever’ joint camp
Chief Guide Amanda Medler joined thousands of youngsters over the May Day weekend at ‘MegaMoot Nottinghamshire’, a massive three-day event run by Girlguiding Nottinghamshire and Nottinghamshire Scouts in the heart of Sherwood Forest.
‘We were delighted to welcome Amanda to what we gather was her first big camp since being appointed,’ said Jackie Brocklehurst, County Commissioner for Girlguiding Nottinghamshire. ‘MegaMoot was a tremendous adventure for everyone concerned, and it was a real privilege to be able to share it with our new Chief Guide!’
Held at Walesby Forest Outdoor Activity Centre and claimed to be the largest camp for young people ever run in Notts, MegaMoot was attended by some 5,000 members of the two organisations. 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 Rainbows and Beavers.
‘I must extend a huge vote of thanks to all those who took part – but especially to our brilliant team of MegaMoot volunteers,’ reflected Jackie, who spent the weekend camping with 1st Gedling Guides. ‘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!’
A huge diversity of 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; 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.