This was a quote from the Reigate and Banstead Countryside Ranger that we worked during our last team building camp.
As part of the camp we wanted the scouts (and leaders) to experience some hard work, whilst also helping out others. In order to achieve this we organised to work with a couple of Countryside Rangers to clear and area of Rhododendron ponticum in Banstead Woods; an invasive plant in our semi natural ancient woodlands which shades out understorey native flora, reducing the overall biodiversity of these precious habitats.
The scouts worked extremely hard and didn’t let up in their efforts, enthusiasm or humour for a minute and we cut, shifted and burnt a huge area in the 4 hours that we were there.
Our very friendly and helpful Countryside Ranger said,
“I can’t begin to explain just how impressed I was with the troop for so many different reasons:
The leaders were so full of energy and interest, keeping the explorer scouts interested and engaged for the entire day. It wasn’t easy work and it was quite warm, but they all kept their spirits up and didn’t stop!
The scouts themselves were out of this world: polite and well mannered, respectful and enthusiastic, with a zest for life and the outdoors. They listened carefully to all my instructions and asked very intelligent questions if they weren’t sure about something. They upheld excellent health and safety throughout the day, even when the adults were starting to flail a little! <cheeky>, and weren’t worried about wearing bright yellow hard hats!”
The rest of the weekend was completed with more first aid work, learning the Surrey six knots and general team building – including table climbing!
Well done Scouts. Once again we are very proud and excited to be in such a fantastic team. Bring on Tanzania – less than 100 sleeps!