The finances of popular local charity Andover Mind received a welcome boost recently courtesy of Andover 11th Scout Group. Scouts proudly presented the £625 raised tackling the Three Peaks Challenge which saw eights scouts and leaders climb the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales during the summer of 2015.
Group leader Graham Williams said: “The Three Peaks is no mean feat for the fittest of adults so for scouts, aged no older than 12, to undertake this challenge is an incredible achievement. We had to train very hard for eight months with the scouts and leaders committing a lot of their personal time to getting fit and climb-ready. It wasn’t easy, but the team learned some important life-long lessons and are hugely proud of their success. The last of the money is now in so presenting Andover Mind with £625 was another proud moment in their scouting journey.”
To ensure everyone was properly prepared for the challenge, the scouts spent a number of days and weekends training. They clocked up 83 miles building their strength and stamina with hikes including the Clarendon Way (26 miles – Winchester to Salisbury) and a make or break training session culminating in the Brecon Beacons in June. They experienced some extreme conditions which they acknowledge taught them the value of teamwork, working together and supporting one another.
Graham Williams concludes: “Scouting is about helping young people enjoy new adventures; to experience the outdoors; interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. If you want your sons or daughters to get away from their technology, get outside and learn something new then scouting will be for them.”
For more information on Andover 11th Scout Group, contact Graham Williams on http://11thandoverscoutgroup.com/contact.