SCOUTS from Wrexham have just returned from their summer expedition to the Ardèche region in the South of France.
K2 Explorer Scout Unit took 16 teenagers and eight adults for two weeks of high adrenaline activities, visits to towns and top evening entertainment.
During the trip, the explorer scouts took part in a canoe expedition under the famous Pont d’Arc, a natural arch in rock over the River Ardèche, had a full day canyoning – jumping off waterfalls and rocks into deep water – and faced their fears on a high ropes course.
They also visited local caves and had a cooking challenge to test their skills with French cuisine.
For explorer scouts Paddy Richards, 15 and Eddie Curtis, 16, it was their first time abroad with the scouts.
Paddy said: “It was one of the best times of my life. I thought that it was amazing how everyone got to know everyone and made new friends!”
Eddie added: “Visiting France was an amazing experience which opened up new opportunities for me that I could never have experienced without Explorer Scouts. I had the chance to do new activities and visit a foreign country with friends my own age.”
The fun didn’t stop in the evenings with everyone joining in several themed parties including nu-rave and bad taste clothing nights. The scouts even put on their own version of Big Brother with a diary room in the back of a van complete with inflatable armchair.
K2 Explorer Scout Unit meets every Monday night in Wrexham providing a programme of activities, regular camps and chance to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. They are planning another international expedition for 2010.
The unit is open to young men and women aged between 14 and 18. For information on how to join, contact David Morris on 07779 272340 or visit www.k2esu.org.uk.