Nottinghamshire Scouts to descend on Southwell Racecourse

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The Nottinghamshire Scouts has announced plans for the biggest event ever delivered by the charity for Notts youngsters.

The ‘Notts Scouts BIG Weekend’, which is being held at Southwell Racecourse, is the first of its kind ever run by the Nottinghamshire-based charity. It will also be the first time the Scouts have hosted such a large scale weekend at a non-Scout-owned facility.

The Nottinghamshire Scouts have confirmed that over 3,200 participants will take part in the Scouting spectacular over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, a figure which not only exceeds organisers expectations, but one that also temporarily increases the population of the town by 50 per cent.

Over 600 Scouts from local Mansfield Groups will be attending this huge scale event.

The Notts Scouts BIG Weekend has been created to enable as many Scouts to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee together as possible.

Starting on Friday evening with an Olympic style opening ceremony, all 3,200 participants will party together in an open-air arena. There will be more than 100 activities ranging from more traditional ones including create-stacking, giant pioneering and raft-building, to more modern ones including geocaching, laser-tag and water sphering.

There will also be bands, discos and cinemas in the evening and some brand-new activities for the Scouts to try like a ‘Craghoppers Challenge Course’, ice-skating and hay climbing. The Scouts also plan to attempt at least 2 Guinness World Records during the weekend.

The Nottinghamshire Scouts provides fun and adventurous activities for thousands and thousands of young people across Nottinghamshire and is expected to announce its annual membership picture in the next few weeks. If activities like this are anything to go by, it looks like we can expect the Scouts to be in great shape.

Matt Rooney, Head of Nottinghamshire Scouts said, “We are so pleased to be able to provide such an amazing opportunity for our Scouts. Scouting is all about experiencing new and exciting activities, whilst making new friends and being outdoors. Following on from the huge success of our Chief Scouts Activity Day last November we wanted to really raise the bar and offer something even better! Scouting is a modern and exciting organisation and events like this so just how relevant we are to young people and adults alike.”

David Roberts, managing director of Southwell Racecourse said, “We are delighted to be welcoming so many Scouts to Southwell Racecourse. It is a great honour for us to be associated with the Nottinghamshire Scouts and I know they will have a brilliant weekend here and make the most of all that the Southwell Racecourse has to offer.