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1st Dunster Scouts Dedicate Hike to 40 Commando RM

PUBLISHED: 14:50 01 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:26 20 February 2013

1st Dunster Scouts Dedicate Hike to 40 Commando RM

1st Dunster Scouts Dedicate Hike to 40 Commando RM

On 26th June, Armed Forces Day, the Troop completed a ten mile 'Yomp' across Exmoor which they had dedicated to 40 Commando Royal Marines.They also collected sponsorship money which will go to the Rehabilitation Centre at nearby Norton Manor Camp.

On 26th June, Armed Forces Day, the Troop completed a ten mile 'Yomp' across Exmoor which they had dedicated to 40 Commando Royal Marines.They also collected sponsorship money which will go to the Rehabilitation Centre at nearby Norton Manor Camp.

40 Cdo have suffered badly during this deployment and we send our sincere condolences to the Families and Friends of the Fallen.

We hope our efforts will go a little way to help those who's lives have been changed radically by injuries gained defending our freedom.

The hike from Exford to Horner Woods was done on one of the hottest days so far this summer but the Scouts were prepared as only Scouts can be and suffered no ill effects from either the heat or terrain.

They had the very great privilege of carrying not only an Armed Forces Day flag but also the Colours of 40 Cdo, kindly supplied by Norton Manor themselves. On route, they were supported by members of the public who clapped and cheered them on their way and made donations of cash.

On the summit of Dunkery Beacon the Troop took a few moments to hold the Colours high and for quiet contemplation and to give thanks for the freedom we all enjoy. From then on it was all down hill to Horner and the chance to soak some ''HOT'' feet in a very cool Horner River.

Group Scout Leader Merlin [Gary Hall] was amazed by the response of everyone, he said ''I am so proud of 1st Dunster, these 10 to 13 year olds certainly took this cause to their hearts. We always remember the Fallen of 40 Commando on Troop Nights so this time it seemed appropriate to focus on those who have sustained injuries in Afghanistan during this currant deployment. They thought of others before themselves, what more can we ask. I would also like to thank the members of the Public who encouraged us along the way and sponsored us as well, JOB DONE SCOUTS''

At Horner Woods they joined with other West Somerset District Scouts for a week-end camp and the following day took part in 'It's a Knock-Out', a District Scout and Guide fun challenge event. Their very proud Scout Leader, Judy Hall, commented, ''Where does the energy come from, I expected they would be exhausted but NO, up they got and started all over again, what a credit to the young people of West Somerset and wouldn't you know it, they're asking when the next hike is''.

Those who hiked were as follows; GSL Merlin, ASL's Sheila and Jason Howarth and Scouts Naomi Brown, Jade Clarke, Jordan Gibbons, Connor Thrush, Christopher Finney, Lewis Cooper and Jake Aldridge-Hamer.

Regards and Happy Scouting

Judy Hall, Scout Leader.. 1st Dunster Scout Troop


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