Camelsdale Scouts to the rescue

AN enthusiastic ‘thank you’ from South Africa has warmed the hearts of Camelsdale Scouts and their leaders.

Towards the end of last year, Scouts took part in a 25-mile expedition from Cocking Down to Washington via Gumber Bothy, a National Trust hostel near Slindon.

They were settling in when a group from South Africa arrived, not entirely sure what to do.

The Scouts invited the new arrivals to join them at their bonfire, sharing their food and showing them the ropes.

Three months later, Jonathan Turner in South Africa searched Google for Haslemere Scouting and discovered it was the Camelsdale crew who had come to the rescue.

He wrote a letter of thanks to the group for: “Teaching the youth of today the sheer joy of the outdoors and a whole host of other skills, 
for being a decent bunch of blokes to a group of South Africans enjoying all that England has to offer, and for making our weekend all the more enjoyable.”