Crosland Moor Scouts have just returned from the trip of a lifetime.
A total of 41 youngsters and adults from the 43rd Crosland Moor Scout Group spent 10 days at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland.
The adventure holiday included rafting, canyoning, walking, swimming, high ropes, boat and cable car rides. They exchanged badges and neckties with Scouts from all over the world.
But the highlight of the holiday was the trip to the Eiger – up and half way down by train with the rest of the journey being completed on foot.
The group’s Annette Macaskill said: “The Scouts really enjoyed it, it was the trip of a lifetime; fantastic.”
They organised events and saved money for three years to pay for the Swiss trip. Members of the Scout group, which also includes Beavers, Cubs and Explorers, are seasoned fundraisers.
They amassed the staggering total of £500,000 over a number of years to build their own Scout hut at Moorside Avenue five years ago.
They were helped along the way with a £300,000 grant, but also organised numerous activities and packed thousands of supermarket carrier bags themselves to boost funds.
Last year members took part in the Examiner’s Wish Campaign and raised £195, which went towards the trip to Switzerland.
They hope that any money they get from this year’s project will help to pay for badly needed replacement camping and outdoor equipment. All sections of the group are very active and take part in several local camping trips a year.
Annette added: “We are certainly no strangers to fundraising, we have got no income other than that which we create ourselves, and we will be collecting Wish tokens again this year to help pay for new equipment.”
The 43rd group currently has around 85 participants aged six to 18 and welcomes new members. Further details are on their website at www.croslandmoorscouts.co.uk