Scouts Hunger Games 2019

Date: 25th Oct 2019 Author: Matt Ellett

Taking place at Huish Woods, over 200 Scouts enjoyed a weekend packed full of activities at the Somerset County Scouts Hunger Games, supported by a small army of adult volunteers. Inspired by the film, Scout Groups that registered for the weekend, arrived at Huish Woods and signed themselves in as part of the Reaping Ceremony. Despite the rain, tributes navigated around 8 bases during Saturday day time and were tasked to skin a rabbit, show strength through a Javeline throw and combating the Gauntlets, practice their aim with Angels and Archery, navigate around woodland in the dark and learn how to prepare and cook a Mackerel over open flame. Showing great resilience during the day, Scouts earned sponsors along the way, collecting points at each base from their performance to score on a leaderboard.

Credit to those leading activities to keep spirits high and to those back at the campsites managing the additional volume of wet clothing and chilly Scouts! 9 pm on Saturday night marked the official start of the games where Scouts were tasked to avoid capture by hunters out in woodland. The game that over 200 began came to a close at 12:30 pm where the 25 who the night were revealed.

The event was a huge success with many Scouts asking the dates for next year! It is opportunities like these that develop the skills of the Scouts such as self-reliance, teamwork and being active outdoors, all providing Skills For Life.

Thank you to the County Programme Team for organising the event, Catering, Car parking and of course all of our adult volunteers who supported the event whether on activities or at camp ensuring all were fed and watered – we could not have done it without you and I know the Scouts appreciate the opportunities that were offered!

Thank you also to the local businesses that helped sponsor the event – J&K Aquatics, Logic Distribution and ISPS LIVE LTD.

“Let me begin by saying this camp was Amazing! The thought and effort is shown by the amount of enjoyment we had. My favourite part was starting ‘game’ on the Beacon field.“ Isobel – Scout

“I just wanted to say a big thank you on behalf of all the Crewkerne and Illminister scouts and leaders.The kids had a fantastic time and there have been lots of positive comments from parents about the amazing weekend they had.” Bobby – Scout Leader

“Thank you for letting us come on the hunger games camp. This was my last Scout camp and thank you for making it the best.” Ella – Scout

“The Rode scouts wanted me to say a big thanks to you and your team for an amazing weekend. They had the best time ever- their words, not mine.“ Rode Scout Group

“It was a wonderful opportunity for them and they have learnt a lot, especially about themselves. It also gave our leaders present a renewed enthusiasm for the things we can do for our troop. Once again, thank you.” John – Assistant Scout Leader










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