Wardle Beavers and Cubs say 'Bonjour' to France

Date published: 08 September 2019

Beavers and Cubs from Wardle Scout Group travelled to the PGL Chateau de Romaine near Paris over the last weekend of August.

After 14 hours of travel on Thursday (29 August), the 23 six to eleven year olds had a Scouting skills day on Friday, trying out a 20-metre-high zip wire, abseiling, orienteering, playing in the swimming pool and making the most of being outdoors in the woods.

As the temperatures rose to 33 degrees Celsius, the children also experienced Disneyland Paris, having an absolute ball.

As she approached Main Street and saw Sleeping Beauty’s castle, one of the young leaders commented: “It was eight-year-old me coming out living my dream.”

All leaders in Scouting are volunteers. The 11 adults attending gave up their weekend plus two days of their holidays to attend.

Fundraising to subsidise the cost for the young people and leaders was led by Clare Smith and Lisa Delaney, organising events and running in a sponsored 10k. 


The children had an absolute ball at Disneyland Paris
The children had an absolute ball at Disneyland Paris


Watching fireworks at Disney


The children have also been supported in bag packs at Littleborough Co-op, whilst parents and the community of Wardle Village have supported a quiz night, bacon butty sales at Wardle Boxing Day walk, craft sales, a gin night and afternoon tea for Mother’s Day, to raise approximately £4,000.

Norma Brandon, group scout leader for 17th Rochdale 1st Wardle Scout Group, said: “Everyone had the best time ever and hopefully we have made lots of memories which will be relayed to their parents and carers over the coming days.

“The young people were such a credit to the scout group and learned to keep themselves hydrated, stay together and make the best use of their time in the Disneyland Park.

“The trip went without a hitch and all young people were returned to their parents on Sunday evening tired, full of smiles and happy memories.

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