Scouts from across Pembrokeshire recently came together to celebrate their first ever virtual camp and earn their top awards.

Despite the obstacles posed by the Covid-19 lockdown, Scouting in Wales has adapted and continued to thrive. Young people from across Wales have showcased their can-do attitude and have worked hard to make sure they still achieve their badges that count towards their top awards.

#PembsCamp2020 saw the determination of Pembrokeshire’s young people who have worked hard to continue learning skills for life despite being restricted to Scouting from home.

The young people dedicated their weekend to completing practical challenges such as making a den, lighting a campfire, back-cooking, campfire songs and drumming. They also took part in activities focussed on mental wellbeing such as Three for 3, which saw the young people share three things that they are doing to look after their mental wellbeing during the pandemic, along with building wellbeing boxes filled with positive messages and items.

The camp was a huge success with 482 people viewing the opening ceremony and young people across all sections achieving badges.

18-year-old Iestyn Nevatte, Pembrokeshire Youth Commissioner, played a leading role in the organisation of the camp. He said: “The camp was put together with the hope that members of every unit in Pembrokeshire would come together to enjoy the very best of virtual Scouting, while achieving their all-important badges. Despite the pandemic restricting young people to Scouting from home, they are all so determined to achieve their top awards which is great to see.

“The weekend was full of exciting activities, skills for life and challenges and everyone got stuck in! It was fantastic to see so many people taking part in the camp from across all sections and I’m really proud of the effort everyone put in.”

ScoutsCymru is open to all young people in Wales regardless of faith, gender, sexual orientation, race or social background, and encourages its members to do more, learn more and be more. The organisation encourages and supports over 15,000 young people to develop invaluable skills for life, which help them succeed now and in the future.