So ten days on from the start and with 30+ participants we have walked 510 miles and are now in Scotland just south of Glasgow on the M74. From a fundraising point we are on £380 with many supporters and comments left on crowdfunding and Facebook.
The scouts are doing an awesome job with over 80 miles logged yesterday, we are over half way and the finish line is just 364 miles away. Ty for everyone’s support the OSR scouts are smashing it!
This week the OSR Scouts and leaders started their walking from Lands End to John O’Groats challenge for the Julian Trust Homeless Charity. This is virtual of course as we only get an exercise period each day and so we are recording these distances on Strava, google maps and every other app we can find. We have a crowdfunding page which is collecting donations and we are advertising using Facebook to show our daily progress etc. The scouts managed to get to Fraddon on A30 end of day 1 and by the end of day 2 were just outside Taunton near Troll. The end of third day and we’ve shot past Bristol and are at Upper Wick between Thornbury and Stroud.
What a fantastic effort by all. Plus we are currently on £125 donations and hope to get close to £500. That’s a lot of warm weather clothing.
Why are the scouts doing this well as in previous posts we had Gary from the Julian Trust join us on zoom and tell us all about the rough sleepers. So that weekend at -3 degrees centigrade the scouts built cardboard shelters and slept out to experience just what it’s like for the rough sleepers. That’s it really. If you want to help donate to
With shrove Tuesday yesterday the leaders thought that the OSR scouts may have had enough pancakes so we sent out an ingredients list to make Swedish scout semlor (pancakes). Oat milk, cardamom, marzipan paste and a few other things. The zoom session started and Alison took the scouts through the session whilst they were given fun facts about pancake day. The method was to have a small pancake with almond paste (other toppings are available) sat on top of a larger pancake. They were very tasty and the pancakes were thick and not greasy a bit like crumpets to look at but sweet due to the sugar in the main ingredients.
Great job all. Some very happy scouts tucking into their masterpieces. We then completed a Kahoot quiz all about pancakes and if the scouts were listening to the fun facts they had an advantage.
As a follow on to the brilliant talk by Gary from the Julian Trust, members of OSR Scout Troop endured-3 degrees weather conditions sleeping rough (in our own gardens due to lockdown). The scouts built their own shelters out of cardboard and for waterproofing added a groundsheet on top. This winter camp was to give the scouts an experience of just what it’s like to sleep rough and we certainly did pick the right weekend in fact according to homeless charity websites “clients” were being asked to spend the weekend indoors due to the very low temperatures but inside our box bivouacs it was toasty and warm. Great job all that took part your awesome.
Now we are trying to organise a fundraising activity that the whole troop can take part in and raise money for clothing for the homeless (socks and boxers are always needed). So as we can all walk daily we’re planning a virtual walk from Lands End to John O’Groats 874 miles. crowdfunding details https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/osr-scouts/comments#start