It’s been an unbelievably busy week here in the Netherlands! 2nd Southampton Scouts have really thrown themselves into all of the activities and excursions, and we’ve certainly ended up having a few adventures! Tuesday saw the group arrive at the Out In Action high ropes course in Amersfoort and tackle the challenges it provided. Beginners had fun on the zipwire, while others took to the 8 metre course. Only the most daring chose to navigate the precarious obstacles at 11 metres from the ground!

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The bravest Scouts walk among the trees 11 metres from the ground!

I also accompanied the group to the fantastic ‘Snow Planet’ on the outskirts of Amsterdam. This great centre houses a ski slope, and we all gave our best shot at either snowboarding or skiing. The more experienced skiers were soon speeding down the main slope, while those of us with slightly less practice (such as myself) stuck to the beginner’s section. I’m sure everyone in the group were pleased to see that, no matter their age or skill, none of them were as bad at it as I was – managing to ski straight into the conveyor belt lift not once, but twice (luckily I escaped physically unscathed, although I can’t say my dignity wasn’t damaged)!

With a trip to De Efteling theme park today, the group’s stay at Buitenzorg is almost complete, but this busy bunch will be sure to get the most out of their last evening here.