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Why Scouts?


I joined the Scouting Movement as a cub back in 1980-something, just as my dad and his dad before him had done. Maybe I did just join because ‘that’s what we did’, but the journey that Scouts has taken me on is one that I would not have missed for the world.


As a Cub I worked through, and achieved many Proficiency badges, along with my Bronze, Silver and Gold Arrow awards. I continued through Scouts, became a Venture Scout, a Cub leader, and achieved the ultimate Queen’s Scout Award. As much as I enjoyed working toward the badges and awards it was the other things that I gained through Scouting that were the things that have shaped parts of my life and the person I have become.


Scouting gave me a sense of self-confidence, of belonging to something bigger than myself, a sense of family and led me on many adventures. We hiked and camped in the Peaks, Wales, the Lakes and across Dartmoor learning what it meant to be out in nature; we kayaked and climbed and learnt new physical skills; we took part in community support initiatives and discovered the importance of looking outside of our own lives and helping other’s when we could. As part of the scouting exchange program, we visited Denmark on several occasions and the families I met in Denmark became life-long friends. Now their children, and my son are enjoying their own scout journeys and discovering their own way.


As a company Hit The Trail is all about the next adventure and we want to do what we can to help other young people get the most out of theirs. If you are planning a Scouting Top Award Challenge and need help with outdoor camping equipment, please apply for sponsorship and we will see if we can help you. A form to apply for such sponsorship can be found below.

                                                                        Russell New


At Hit The Trail we want to see youngsters reach their full pertential and so to help Ned, Seb, Chris and Tom we are providing various pieces of Robens equipment for their trip including tents, stoves, cook sets and more.


Read about their challenge:

'The Explorer Belt is an award created by the UK Scout Association, for those wanting to complete a challenging expedition abroad.

The challenge entails a 10 day expedition, using various methods of transport within the foreign country, where we will learn about it's culture and traditions.

This award is a great way to not only learn about others in our world, but also about our own competences in many areas, such as navigation and communication. We will also be presented with opportunities to develop and improve these skills along the way.

Afterwards, there will be a presentation where we will share what we have learnt and discovered on our journey, as well as some funny stories!


For our expedition, we will be travelling through Switzerland and exploring how waterways have shaped the societies we encounter.'

You can help Ned, Seb, Chris and Tom raise £3000 by making a donation on their Just Giving page.

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