AROUND THE CAMPFIRE: Scouts get a taste of life in the trenches

Welcome to Around the Campfire, our section dedicated to the scouting and girlguiding groups and other uniformed youth organisations in and around the Maidenhead, Burnham, Twyford and Windsor areas.

Nicola Hine

SCOUTS: A vivid depiction of life in the trenches during the First World War can be experienced thanks to 1st Bourne End Scouts.

Objects from the war, including rifles, grenades and wire cutters, were displayed at the Scouts’ HQ in Furlong Road on Sunday, along with a large trench that had previously been used for the 2014 centenary of the war’s start, and has been recreated to mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

Simon Lee, scout leader, said: “It is all very well looking at a book or a few clips in a documentary at school but it is not the same as being able to watch and touch things. It is living history.”

The trench will also be open on Saturday and Saturday, November 12 from 10-4pm. Entry is £3 for adults and £2 for children.

GUIDES: A pumpkin carving session at 1st Pinkneys Green Guides saw the girls come up with some imaginative creations.

BEAVERS: Apple bobbing and spider racing were among the fun activities on the agenda at 19th Maidenhead Beavers' Halloween party this week. The youngsters also put their hands inside boxes which had soggy and slimy mystery contents, and tried to eat donuts suspended from a string without using their hands.

SCOUTS: A spooktacular time was had by scouts from 1st and 19th Maidenhead when they attended the Scarefest Camp at Gilwell at the weekend.

They attended for the second year running, joining other scouts from across the south at the HQ of scouting in Chingford.

Activities included climbing, archery and laser quest, and in the evening there were scary mazes to explore and a firework, music and laser show.

Group scout leader Wayne Davie said: “We all made it out alive – some faster than others!”

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