SCOUTS from the 4th Rochford group embarked on an exciting summer camp trip to Dolgellau in North Wales.

A packed programme of events was actively embraced by the group in its week-long visit.

Youngsters took part in hill climbing, panning for gold at the old gold mines, swimming under waterfalls and enjoying breathtaking views along the Precipice Walk.

Fourteen Scouts, four young leaders, eight adult leaders and a Beaver also visited the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) on their trip – a world-renowned eco centre that researches and supports greener ways of living.

During their trip, the Scouts had the opportunity to view the array of buildings designed with cutting edge green technology, with the hopes of minimising environmental impacts.

They learnt a lot throughout their CAT visit, and particular enjoyed their ride on the water balanced funicular railway while they were there.

Children worked in patrols to buy, prepare, cook and eat their meals every day, dining in true summer camp spirit.

In the evenings, they enjoyed playing games, singing and toasting marshmallows around the campfire to keep warm.

Group Scout leader, Bill Neobard, said: “Every Scout found they could have fun in a world without a phone and the internet.”