Photo of the Month - March 2002
So you still think it is too cold and wet outside to try some adventurous
activities? Well here is another example of the
Scouts, from the St. George's Mill Hill Scout Troop in Blackburn, East
Lancashire, trying something adventurous where they didn't get too cold
though obviously they still got wet. Stuart Parker, the Scout Leader who
sent in this photo, tells us what was happening on the 27th February
The session is a kayak training session run over 4 weeks by our local Youth
Service. The training is a taster session for outdoor sessions planned
during the summer.
The trainee kayakers are Levi, Andrew, Scott, Mark, Sam, James and Gemma.
Steven is the Scout running the gauntlet.
If you are confused by what is going on here then let me explain. What you
are seeing is a common confidence building exercise for kayakers. By itself
a single kayak can feel very unstable but when the Scouts work together as
a team they can form a raft by holding onto each others kayaks. To show how
stable the raft is one of the Scouts has to get out of their kayak, walk
along the bows of the other kayaks and then return across the sterns and
climb back in to their own kayak. This quite a challenge because, as you
can see in the photo, the tops of the kayaks are wet, slippery and they bob
up and down when someone stands on and off them. For the Scouts this is
just a game but should they carry on the training they will use the
confidence and skills they pick up here when practising mid-river
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