Ingleborough District Night Hike took on a distinctly Japanese theme and is being hailed an outstandingly successful event, full of fun and challenge for the 50 scouts who took part.
For the fortunate individuals who enjoyed the once in a lifetime experience of attending the World Scout Jamboree in Japan this summer, ‘Wa’, the symbol of a Spirit of Unity, became a significant part of the whole experience. The event, which was centred around Mealbank Hall, the Scout headquarters in Ingleton, involved map reading, use of a compass and a short incident at each of five checkpoints around the route where participants were challenged to work together in a spirit of unity.
Tasks included sampling Japanese foods, deactivating a simulated reactor core from outside a radioactive circle using tubes and rubber bands, transferring sweets from one container to another using chopsticks, treating a tsunami survivor for hypothermia and tidying up fallen cherry blossom using giant chopsticks.
The following morning the Scouts were treated to an informative talk about the 23rd World Scout Jamboree by Tom Lothian, an explorer Scout from Settle, who was the Ingleborough District representative with the North Yorkshire contingent who travelled to Japan this summer.