County Rally

Posted by Andrew Hobson Saturday, 15 May 2010
The story from county rally
A sea of blue and orange greeted visitors to Waddecar Scout Camp site this weekend as West Lancashire held their annual County Rally event.  Against the backdrop of an almost cloudless blue sky, this blast of colour was thanks to the scores of tents which filled the site.
County Rally is a Camp enjoyed by Scouts from all 8 Districts across the County, who come together for an action-packed event.  The Camp provides the young people with lots of opportunities to try new activities, refresh Scouting skills, make new friends and most important, have fun!
This year's activities ranged from climbing, abseiling, canoeing and archery to a raft race, tug of war and grand prix trike racing!  A parascending simulator and Mario Wii provided the computer-based entertainment. 
Nick Kasmir, County Scout Leader said "outdoor adventure is what we're aiming to provide, catering for all ages and levels of experience.  We want to be completely inclusive, even if the Scout has never tried the activity before (canoeing), they can take part".
13 year old, Jack Doyle from 2nd Walton-Le-Dale said "this is my 4th County Rally and I've had a fantastic weekend, the trike racing was definitely the best bit for me though!"
Over the two days there was some friendly rivalry with the Scouts competing first of all against other Troops in their District and then against the top Troops from other Districts. 
Making friends was a theme running throughout the weekend.  Assistant County Commissioner Dave Marsh said "for many of the young people, County Rally is the first time they have met up with Scouts from outside their District.  For a 12 year old, a Camp on this scale is a significant and memorable experience.  We want them to leave having made at least one new friend". 
One person that went away with lots of new fans was Rhys Alexander from 1st Fleetwood.  He rocked the 1100 strong crowd with his rendition of Jon Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer at Saturday evenings 'Kids got Talent' show.  His reward was to break the Flag at the Scouts Own ceremony on Sunday morning but only after the crowd delivered their own outstanding performance of YMCA!
Other acts at the Show ranged from stand up comedy to acrobatics, break dancing to traditional Danish chanting, the latter provided courtesy of the County Scout contingent who are visiting Denmark later this year and who spent the weekend selling Danish pastries to raise funds for the trip!  After working up an appetite on stage the Scouts went off to enjoy a chip supper from the Camp Chippy run by the West Lancs' Service Crew volunteers.
All good things do have to come to an end and after a short award ceremony on Sunday afternoon, the coaches arrived to take everyone home.  Looking around at the tired but smiling faces I'm sure they'll be back for more very soon.....