Somerset scouts join Ten Tors challenge

Date: 9th May 2022 Author: Rob Cash

SCOUTS from across Somerset spent last weekend taking part in the Army’s 60th annual two-day Ten Tors challenge walk across Dartmoor.

Up to 2300 young people took up the challenge this year after it was cancelled for the previous two years due to COVID.

This year the 400 teams of six, whose ages ranged from 14-21, took part on 35, 45, and 55-mile routes.

The challenge started on Saturday morning from Okehampton Army Camp in the northern area of Dartmoor.

After a foggy start, the sun was soon out. The four teams of Explorer Scouts from Somerset, two 35 and two 45-mile routes, completed the event Sunday afternoon.

Stuart Rance, from Blackdown District Scouts, said: “It was fantastic that a number of young people who did Ten Tors in 2019 were keen to come back after two years of not doing Ten Tors to take part this year again.”

Phil Changeur, deputy district commissioner from Moors and Coastal district said: “I am delighted to see so many explorers keen to take part who had never heard of this event before this year. Especially after a two-year absence of the event.”

Two of the adult support team, David Biss and Phillip Bayles were awarded their 15-year award from the organisers by Colonel Gary McCade.

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