During the first Covid Lockdown, our Scout Troop hooked up with 1st Milton Scouts in Ontario, Canada. Through online meetings we hatched the idea of taking our Scouts to meet 1st Milton Scouts... and now we're trying to make that dream a reality.
The Reason for the Route
I grew up in south Devon and my personal scouting journey began there. I was invested in 1st Malborough Cubs in 1980 and went on to join 1st Salcombe Sea Scouts and was a Young Leader with 6th Kingsbridge Cubs before returning to 1st Malborough Cubs as "Baloo".
Fast-forward almost 30 years and a new Scout Group was started in my home village of Woolsery in north Devon. Before long I found myself as an assistant Scout Leader in the new Troop - known to the Scouts as "Buzzard".
When the idea of taking our Scouts half way across the world moved from pipe-dream to possibility, I wanted to do something to challenge myself in order to contribute to the fundraising effort... and linked with my love of hill walking and hiking, the idea of walking from South Milton sands (spot the connection) near my childhood home, up to Bucks Mills near my present-day home was born.
You can't really go from one end of Devon to the other without crossing Dartmoor, so the route I'm planning on taking takes me over some of the most breathtaking -and challenging- scenery the county has to offer:
I'll also be following the Tarka Trail through the heart of Torridge and then picking up the South West Coast Path along to the finish.
The route should take me 5 days to complete, walking on average 30km per day and camping en-route wherever possible.
I am planning to complete the hike in the last week of July, 2021, leaving Malborough on 26th July and arriving at Bucks on 30th.
What difference will your support make?
Apart from the psychological effect knowing there'll be a whole group of people willing me on, you support will make a huge amount of difference to the 30 or so Scouts hoping to cross the Atlantic in October 2022.
Each Scout's place on the plane will cost around £900 including air fare, accommodation, food and activities with 1st Milton Scouts. Anything you give brings their chance of a trip-of-a-lifetime one step closer.
(you can find out more about the Trip over on the Group's Crowdfunder page https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/1st-woolsery-scouts-big-canadian-adventure Donations from this page goes directly to that appeal)