Brave Beavers, Cubs and Scouts set to trek 100 miles to highlight youth issues

17th March 2020

Over 70 dedicated Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are embarking on a gruelling 100-mile trek along the Wales Coast Path to highlight mental health, homelessness, and environmental issues.

The young members from Buckley St Matthew’s Scouts, aged just six right up to 14, this month launched their 100 Miles initiative, which will see them walking and cycling from Shotton to Trefor over the next two years.

As part of the challenge, they will be splitting up the overall distance into a series of six smaller treks and two cycles, with plans to camp at certain points along the journey.

The walks have been organised as part of the Scouts’ A Million Hands initiative, which highlights six key Scouting themes - Protecting the environment, ending homelessness, supporting refugees and displaced children, better mental health, understanding disability, and kindness in every community.

The first of these walks, which focussed on the environment and helped raise £400 for the World Wide Fund for Nature, took place on March 1st with 20 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts heading off from Greenfield Dock to Flint Castle and then onto Shotton.

During the day, the brave youngsters, their parents and Scout leaders, persevered despite facing difficult walking conditions due to recent adverse weather.

Group leader Sam Gregory said she was “extremely proud” of all those who took on the walk during the day.

She said: “They were all absolutely fantastic, I was proud of each and every one of them. Some children walked six miles and some walked 12 and they all worked really hard and did a brilliant job.

“We knew that there was a storm coming in the day before so we knew the ground at certain points of the walk would be sodden. Despite this everyone worked together, held each others hands, and encouraged them to keep going.

“It was lovely to see everyone pulling together and working together to achieve something amazing. It was so lovely seeing their faces at the end when they finished, I was so proud of them I nearly cried.”

Halfway through the event the group got the chance to visit the RNLI station in Flint. Team members opened up the doors to them and gave them a tour of the facility and answered their questions about safety at sea and their work.

The group is now planning for the next trek, which is due to take place in July, and said they can’t wait to lace up their walking shoes again.

Mrs Gregory added: “We had such a brilliant time at the first walk, we are all really excited for the next event now. It takes a lot of hard work and preparation getting these organised, but it is so worth it.”

As part of its 100 Miles project the ambitious group has also established a member-led Youth Council and Media Team, which will support in the organisation and delivery of the walks going forwards.

The Youth Council will also act as a liaison between their section and the council, with members   continuing to guide the leaders on what they want out of the group after the walking challenge is completed.