Northamptonshire’s Scouts have joined forces with local health and wellness company Activ8rlives to start their World-Walk Adventure, thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery.
The groups of Scouts will be walking the equivalent distance of what it takes to get to Nyeri in Kenya – to the grave of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout movement.
How does it work?
Described as a “21st Century version of what the modern Scouting movement represents today”, the World-Walk Adventure is a team game where the distance walked by each Scout (in a group of 10) is recorded using a wrist-worn activity tracker.
Each Scout wears the BuddyBand2 waterproof tracker throughout each day, and can upload their step count to their team’s website using an App on their smartphone. Each team’s progress is plotted on the route automatically.
To “introduce a bit of motivating competitive spirit”, the teams are able to see where the other teams have got to on Google EarthTM.
Those taking part are being encouraged to contribute only what they can manage. They will be rewarded with a specially commissioned badge at the midway point, as well as on completion.
What makes this programme different is that it is being delivered by a charity, with mums and dads as volunteer leaders.
The journey is 8,000 miles long and will take 6 months to complete together.
The Scouts movement
Founded at the start of the last Century “when many children lived in wretched poverty”, the Scouts movement was created for children to learn new outdoor skills, leadership and how to keep themselves in good mental and physical health.
Martin Scudder, Leader of the 1st Higham Ferrers Group of Northamptonshire County Scouts commented:
“The World-Walk Adventure has been an excellent way to bring the scouts together for a single cause. It’s rare to see this much enthusiasm from every young person for a single activity but every member of our group wants to take part, including leaders and many parents.
There is a friendly rivalry between teams and it’s the first thing the young people talk about each week at Scouts. I know for a fact they all talk about it at school as well. It becomes quite addictive to monitor your activity levels and make sure you hit your target each day and then translate that into the progress of the group on the walk to Nyeri.
Our group has already walked over 700 miles collectively and the whole group has a real pride in what they are achieving. It’s making being active fun.”
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