CUB and Beaver Scouts from the Chester and district area stepped up to a six-mile Sandstone Trail charity challenge.
Beavers from 1st Sandstone Scout Group, based on Bickerton Hill, were joined by other Beavers from the Chester and Tarporley areas and their own Cub Scouts on the annual Beeston Hike.
Together they raised nearly £2,000 for Operation Smile, a charity which provides free surgery to repair cleft lips, cleft palates and other disfiguring and life-threatening facial deformities in children across the globe.
The money raised will be enough to change the lives of 13 children forever.
About 100 Beavers and Cubs aged six to nine, accompanied by about 40 parents and leaders, left the Scout hut on Bickerton Hill before trekking over Raw Head and through Bulkeley and Peckforton woods and on to Beeston Castle.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls had sent them a personal letter of encouragement which read: “I’ve heard about your programme for the Beeston Hike and it sounds like an awesome event!
“Remember to ‘do your best and help other people’. Have fun!”
Sandstone Beaver leader Kate Kerr, known as Falcon, said: “The weather was a challenge but the young people all took it in their stride.
“At lunchtime, though, it was like a monsoon and it’s the first time most us have picnicked under groundsheets rather than on them.
“But all the Cubs and Beavers made it to Beeston Castle for a well-deserved ice cream, and then they explored the castle, measured the depth of the well, fought on the battlements, and discovered a room which only they, being smaller than adults, could get in and out of. Fortunately they all came out!”