Kayaking down the river

Date: 2nd Sep 2021 Author: Cathy Mollart

On the 1st August seven of the more capable scouts and 5 leaders embarked on a trip down the Thames from Castle Eaton to Lechlade in kayaks and a Canadian canoe. The journey was about 12 km and took us around 4 hours.  We encountered a few obstacles such as fallen trees, swans, cygnets, geese and narrow passages along the way.

Prior to the journey, I had some doubt in myself as I had missed some of the sessions we had on kayaking. Nonetheless, my scout leaders convinced me and gave me a Kayak with a rudder to help me manoeuvre. I am glad I went as the experience was rewarding and the skills I have gained will help me in the future.


Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls