Lights, Camera, Scouting
12th February 2007
23 Scouts and 5 leaders from 3rd Sevenoaks Bradbourne Troop visited Youlbury Scout Activity Centre in Oxford to take part in a unique television opportunity.
The Troop were invited to appear in a special Scouting edition of Blue Peter as part of the Scout Associations Centenary year, joining 80 other Scouts from around the country for a weekend of filming.
Arriving on Friday night to six inches of snow, the Scouts met Blue Peter presenter Andy and Peter Duncan, the Chief Scout before getting their tents pitched (and having a huge snow ball fight).
On Saturday morning the Scouts were split into Patrols. Andy joined ‘Bear Patrol’ much to the delight of Becky, a Sevenoaks Scout. Undeterred by the snow and cold weather, all the Patrols took part in at least 7 adventurous activities. These included: climbing, high ropes courses, leaps of faith (from 40 feet!), 3G catapults and crate stacking, as well as more traditional skills such as map & compass reading, shelter building and fire lighting showing what Scouting today is all about!
Oliver, a Scout at the 3rd said “I couldn’t be happier – I have a TV presenter on one side of me, the Chief Scout on the other and I have just been down the longest zip line I’ve ever seen.”
Becky who spent the day with the film crew said the experience was really interesting, but was surprised how long it can take to film just a few seconds for television. The highlight for Becky was beating Peter Duncan on the karting track, despite him cheating on the corners.
The Scouts will be visiting BBC Television Centre next week for the filming of the live show, and to receive their Blue Peter badges!
The special Scouting edition of Blue Peter can be seen on Tuesday 20th February, 5pm, BBC 1.