Four OSR Scouts complete their 2 day expedition now that lockdown is lifted

During lockdown the 4 eldest scouts from the Old School Rooms troop in Stoke Gifford spent time on zoom planning and organising their two day expedition as we couldn’t use our usual routes due to lockdown restrictions meaning no camping was allowed. 

So a change in the regulations from Government, the national youth agency and the Scout Association meant that we could hold an outdoor activity so the Expedition was on!

Friday 2nd April 2021 was Day One and the four scouts met at the start point which was Aust Services car park at mid day. The leaders checked equipment, issued tents, first aid kits, maps, compasses and hi vis jackets/ rucksack covers. Mobile Tel numbers were recorded incase of emergencies and after the briefing the scouts walked off out of the service area and out of sight. 

Then came the leaders risk assessment and briefing a quick chat and off they went shadowing the scouts for safety but at a distance so as not to offer any assistance unless of an emergency. 

Four check points had to be attended during the hike and made the scouts walk through Olveston, Tockington, Almondsbury, Bradley Stoke and back to Stoke Gifford stopping at Old School Rooms. The scouts were in high spirits and made each CP ahead of time and finishing the day 25 minutes ahead of time. They then had to get home, put up their tents, cook a meal and then sleep out during a cold night. 

They started Day Two (Saturday 3rd April) at 9am in the car park at Bitton Railway Station where quick check was made that they still had their equipment, medical check and then a quick briefing and they were off again. Some sore shoulders and feet from carrying all their kit but spirits were again high and with a sense of excitement. 

Check Point One was at Warmley Waiting Room Station Cafe where one of the leaders had a breakfast baguette (be rude not too). The scouts again followed by leaders and met at checkpoints to grab snacks, refill water bottles and have a quick rest break by a support vehicle and leader continued the hike. 

The second day was chilly at the start but the sun soon burnt through the clouds and it became a glorious day. The scouts walked along the Bristol to Bath cycle track through Warmley and Emerson Green then walking along the A4174 footpath past Downend, Frenchay and into Hambrook where they came up Hambrook Lane and into Stoke Gifford where they finished at OSR again slightly ahead of time. 

What a great achievement by all four; Emily, Alfie, Dan and Maya who were all glad to get their rucksacks off and wait for their parents to turn up and take them home for a well deserved feet up. 

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