For the first time in two years, over 700 Beaver Scouts from all over Hampshire came together to enjoy two days of thrills and excitement at a family theme park.
In one of Hampshire Scout's biggest events for Beaver Scouts, Paulton's Park on the edge of the New Forest was the base of adventure for six and seven-year-olds from every corner of the county. And with a brand new land to explore and the park decked out all ready for Halloween, there was plenty to explore.
Since their last visit, Paulton's have opened their new Tornado Springs area complete with new thrill rides. Many took to the roads to learn the basics of driving, getting their first taste of this key life skill. Plus they had lots of chances to meet Beavers from all over the county while they waited and shape their day by deciding where to go.
Benjamin, a six year old Scout, said:
It was fun going with everyone and seeing all the Halloween decorations. I liked the rides especially driving the cars and getting my licence. I hope we go again next year!
Michael Collins, lead volunteer for Beaver Scouts in Hampshire, said:
Paulton's Park visits have been part of our programme for over a decade so we have really seen the park flourish over those years. It is important to get back to the things we all know and love. Having it back on our programme for 2021 adds some adventure back to the mix of activities offered by colonies and districts.
It was great seeing so many smiling faces across the weekend and the brave Beavers who took the opportunity to conquer their fears. It was also great seeing leaders that have only been a name on an email or a square on a teams call for the last 18 months.
After such an exciting and fun trip, for adults as well as young people, it is no wonder the most popular comment was when they could return. Fancy getting involved in the fun? Give Beavers a try near you or volunteer as a leader and find out how volunteering is good for you too.
Text by Steven Osborn.