SCOUTS and leaders from the Huddersfield South West District were today abseiling down a dam wall.
The event, which also included Explorer Scouts, at the 60-metre (120ft) high Baitings Dam near Ripponden forms part of the district’s activities to celebrate 2007, the Centenary of Scouting.
They hope to make 100 descents in all.
The youngest Scout going down will be 12 and the oldest will be 55-year-old Jackie Morris, the district’s leader.
The 33rd Huddersfield (Slaithwaite) Scouts received cash from Kirklees Council’s local area committee and the Community Spirit shop in the village to help buy new climbing equipment needed by Colne Valley Groups.
This abseiling and climbing equipment was used for the first time today.
Julie Middleton, one of the organisers said: “We wanted to give the young people in Explorers and Scouts a challenging but fun activity to take part in as part of the centenary.
“Holding this event gives them that opportunity and has also provided groups with access to much-needed equipment.”
Yorkshire Water gave the Scouts permission to use the dam for the abseil.