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Batchworth Sea Scouts come top in prestigious competition
Five 14-year-olds from Batchworth Sea Scouts braved torrential conditions last weekend to beat 22 other teams to top place in the training section of Peak Assault, Hertfordshire Scout’s prestigious orienteering competition.
A second team from Batchworth Sea Scouts took fourth position.
The two-day competition is open to Scouts aged over 14. It has been an annual event since 1968 and is one of the toughest competitions in the Hertfordshire Scouting calendar.
Competitors have to carry tents, sleeping bags, stoves and food while accurately map reading at speed. Each team must plot its route carefully, as it is not possible to reach all the checkpoints in the time allowed. Points are awarded depending on how difficult the checkpoints are to reach – and deducted for late arrival back to the base.
The victorious “Chainsaw” and “Torpedo” teams, both from the Bograts Explorer Scout Unit at Batchworth, had to enter as “training teams” as they were too young to enter the main competition.
All 77 teams completed the same challenge, but the 22 “training teams” were shadowed by an experienced orienteering leader, in case of emergency.
In addition to winning the Training Team Competiton, the Bograts Chainsaw team would have been placed seventh overall if they had been allowed to enter the main event.
They beat every other team from south west Hertfordshire and so brought the coveted South West Herts Sword trophy back to the Batchworth Sea Scout Headquarters.
Quentin Webb, Bograts Explorer Scout leader said: “I’m extremely proud of both teams.
“'Chief Scout Bear Grylls says ‘If it ain’t raining, it ain’t training’, and the lads certainly got some training at the weekend.
“While many teenagers will have spent the weekend on a computer screen, these youngsters enjoyed a challenging adventure on a wet Welsh hillside.”
Batchworth Sea Scouts is a Royal Navy recognised group based in Rickmansworth and open to children from six to 18 years. For further information, contact Mr Webb on 07712 193849.
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