MORE than 600 young people basked in the glorious weekend sunshine at a huge Scouting jubilee celebration.
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Network Scouts between the ages of six and 25 camped at Wadenhoe from Friday to Sunday and were blessed with fantastic weather.
All were from groups in the Nene Valley District Scouts, and the event was the largest gathering of the Scouting movement ever staged in the local area.
The weekend started with a night operation for the Scouts and Explorers and the camp for the Cubs and Beavers was themed around the ‘2012 Olympic Games’.
The leaders,who are all volunteers, were on hand to provide a fun-packed weekend of activities for groups from Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Irthlingborough, Woodford, Raunds, Ringstead and Thrapston.
District Commissioner Chele Height, who led the camp, praised the impact of the new Scout the Duchess of Cambridge on the numbers attending.
She said: “We have got 600-plus people here and fantastic weather.
“We’ve seen numbers going up this year, especially now we have Kate Middleton as a role model.
“There is a lot of work that leads up to this but when you see them come in, laden with their kit, it is just fantastic. Eighteen months of work goes towards it.”
The Beavers arrived early on Saturday morning and stayed until the evening, while the Scouts hiked into the camp and stayed until the Sunday, along with the Cubs.
Also involved in the camp were the Explorers, which caters for 14 to 18 year olds, and the newly-launched Network, which caters for 18 to 25 year olds.
See your new weekly Northamptonshire Telegraph on Thursday for two pages of pictures from the camp.