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16/08/2007

Sunrise at ‘Look Wide'


Scouts and Explorers standign by the cairn at 'Look Wide'For their Sunrise Ceremony, South Ingleborough Explorer Scout Unit, along with Settle Scouts, travelled all the way to 'Look Wide', a very special woodland clearing just outside the village of Humshaugh in Northumberland. 

The Explorer Scouts, who were already in the area on a five-day expedition to walk the length of Hadrian's Wall, were joined for the ceremony by Scouts and their Leaders from the 1st Castleberg Group, as well as four District Leaders. 

Standing by the cairn that marks the site of the first nationally organised Scout camp organised by Baden-Powell in 1908, the Ingleborough contingent joined members from the local Hadrian Scout District to celebrate the moment of Scouting's Centenary together.

Humshaugh: the first national Scout camp

Whilst Brownsea Island was the site of the experimental camp in 1907, Humshaugh hosted what is recognised as the first nationally organised Scout camp from 22 August to 4 September 1908. The difference between the two camps is that the Brownsea camp event was not attended by any invested Members, since there was no Movement at the time.

The Humshaugh camp saw 30 invested Scouts from around the UK.These were members of recognised Scout Troops who followed the Scout Method and Scout Law as developed by Baden-Powell and published in Scouting for Boys.

A "just fantastic" Sunrise

Due to its importance place in Scouting's history, the 'Look Wide' site was an natural choice for a Scouting's Sunrise ceremony. Sue Haddrill, District Commissioner for Ingleborough, said, ‘A Centenary flag fluttered in the breeze, the Jamboree song played and a message from the Chief Scout as read by the local District Commissioner.

‘Everyone then renewed their Scout Promise and all the members, young and old alike, exchanged a traditional left-handed greeting, in a unique, once in a lifetime ceremony that everyone will remember for many years to come.  The verdict when the whole party returned home was “just fantastic”’.

At the end of the official programme, a new Explorer Scout was invested into the Movement, symbolising an optimistic future for the next one hundred years. Each of the Ingleborough Scouts received a commemorative woggle and handmade card as a memento of the occasion.

Everyone listened to a special message of greeting from Dick Stevenson, the County Commissioner, before preparing for either a further day of hiking along the wall for the Explorers or a walk to the station to catch the train home for the Scouts.

For more stories of Scouting's Sunrise events visit www.scouts.org.uk/sunrise

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