Scouts go medieval for a weekend at Seaton Delaval Hall

Post date: Jul 3, 2013 11:17:47 AM

Over 450 young people and adult volunteers from across South East Northumberland took part in Blyth Valley Scout District’s “i.medi Camp”, a 3 day event held within the beautiful surroundings of The National Trust’s Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland. The medieval themed weekend was a fantastic experience for the young people who took part, not only providing them opportunity to take part in a wide range of adventure, but also to meet new friends and develop lifelong skills.

Young people aged 8 to 18 participated in a wide variety of adventurous, creative, development and entertainment activities including Archery, Aqua Zorbing, Climbing, Mountain Biking and Tours of the Hall along with eating and sleeping in tents all weekend as there were no permanent structures on the camping site.

The entire event site, normally an empty field, was built by a team of adult volunteers who installed all the infrastructure required for a small town including power, water, offices, a full sized stage and lighting rig and a scaffold abseiling tower.

The theme was prominent throughout the weekend with medieval dance workshops, leather and rustic wood work sessions, story tellers and a stunning, accurate recreation of a traditional medieval village built on site. Evening entertainment was also a big part of the programme with a talent show, campfires and disco keeping the young people busy at night. The organising team were overwhelmed and delighted with the support and help from the National Trust, who allowed the scouts to take over the site for the weekend.

Neal Armiger, District Commissioner for Blyth Valley Scouts said “It’s great that two charities such as the Scouts and The National Trust can work together in unison to benefit young people and the local community. This is a partnership we hope to build on and continue over the years. It’s an ideal site for us being so local and the young people thoroughly enjoyed a weekend in the great outdoors packed full of challenges and adventures which is what Scouting is all about”.

Mark Warr, Community Engagement Officer for The National Trust at Seaton Delaval Hall said “It was a pleasure to host the scout camp here and see so much enthusiasm for our outdoor spaces as well as our buildings. Scout camp used to happen at Seaton Delaval Hall when it was the private family home of the late Lord and Lady Hastings. All of us at the National Trust have been keen to see it happen again. It’s really important that young people get outdoors and closer to nature. And the success of our ‘50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾’ campaign has shown that there’s a real appetite for this amongst parents and grandparents too. I was particularly impressed at how much the groups wanted to know about the Delaval family and the stories of the things they got up to over the 900 years that they lived here. This weekend has combined two major elements of the National Trust – outdoor spaces and indoor places – and shown that both can be fun and motivating for young people to explore and learn about their local surroundings.

The event was also supported by local radio station Metro Radio, who kindly donated 400 lanyards to the Scouts for use over the weekend.

The sheer scale of this event proves that Scouting is as relevant and important to the development of young people as it ever has been, with 600 people actively involved within the Blyth Valley area and numbers close to 6000 and growing in Northumberland.

Many of the adult volunteers who gave up their time to make this camp possible were Scouts in their youth who still share the same passion and commitment for Scouting and its core values as they did when they were young people.

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