This weekend ten of the scouts joined up with 2nd Wakefield (Crofton) Scout Group to hire the "Jubilee Venture" and "Scouting Venture" Narrowboats. Both boats were moored by the Navigation public house on the outskirts of Wakefield and Friday evening was spent getting to know both the boats and our new scout friends!
Saturday was an early 07:00 start in order to get on our way along the Calder and Hebble Navigation Waterway to Huddersfield - an all day journey and we needed to get there before dark. Unfortunately the River Calder was particularly swollen so we had to turn around at Mirfield and head back to Wakefield, but that didn't disappoint the Scouts who were having a great time steering the boat and working the locks in crews - volunteering to help other Narrowboaters in real Scouting style!
We made it back to Wakefield just as it was beginning to go dark and we had a slap-up meal on board the Scouting Challenge together before turning in at an early 10.30pm. We broke a Scouting weekend record as everyone was asleep (even the leaders) for 11pm and we all had a solid NINE hours' sleep through to 8am the next morning - working the locks and fresh air are a powerful sedative!
On the Sunday we explored the opposite side of the Wakefield canal and practiced manoeuvres in the River Calder, before servicing the boats at Horbury Basin and heading back to The Navigation, where we'd left the Scout minibus.
All the Scouts agreed that they'd had an amazing weekend and we can't wait to hire the boats again next year!
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