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Youngsters Go Wild at Bentley Copse and at SCRAM Activity Day

Published on: 23 Jul, 2023
Updated on: 23 Jul, 2023

Report by Neil Wibberley

Beavers from the Guildford East district joined 400 others from across Surrey to enjoy a camp at Bentley Copse at Shere.

At the Beavers Go Wild camp, they did archery, go-karting, climbing, caving, went on an adventure course and crate stacking, as well as activities where they could make slime, a badge or fire a catapult.

Having fun at the Beavers Go Wild Camp.

Other activities included throwing bean bags and Beaver tail quoits, taking part in leaf rubbing, playing water camels, soft archery, orienteering, eat a “beaver tail” and lots more.

They also learned about rail safety by staff from Network Rail who brought along a model railway.

There was a campfire on the Saturday night and on the Sunday they had fun on the inflatable activities.

Meanwhile, Cub Scouts from Guildford West and Guildford East districts joined more than 3,000 Cub Scouts, Brownies and leaders from across Surrey for a day of fun and adventure at an activity event called SCRAM, at Hook Arena, Epsom.

They had the opportunity to try many new and large activities that cannot be organised by smaller groups or districts.

Pedal carting at the SCRAM activity day.

More than 200 activities were on offer, including pedal karts, high ropes, bungee trampolines, an assault course wire, bungee running and zorbing, as well as smaller activities such as making popcorn, a Grand Prix table game, firing water rockets and more.

As well as having fun and enjoying the activities on offer, many of these are aimed to teach life skills.

Elsewhere, Scouts and leaders from Guildford joined people from across Surrey to take part in a fun attempt to beat an existing world record for the longest non-stop relay handshake.

The big handshake under way.

Organised by Surrey Freemasons, it was a shame the present world record wasn’t quite beaten, but the fun and laughter more than made up for that.

Donations were made throughout the day, and continue to come in, to help Surrey Scouts refurbish its adventure amenities at Bentley Copse.

Anyone interested in volunteering at with the Scout or Guider movement can email

For information on the two Guildford districts cane be found on their respective websites:

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