After arriving on Saturday, it has been busy start to the visit for Potteries North! The group set out to explore Baarn, which continued into Sunday with their Photo Hike up to Groenveld Castle.
Then, on Monday they took a trip to Amersfoort to try out the high ropes and swimming pool. Everyone was very tired by the end of the day but enjoyed the challenge of the course.
Tuesday was the busiest day for Potteries North as we set off for Ypres. This was a long 300 mile round trip but worth every minute!
The day began by visiting Tyne Cot Cemetery; everyone was silent as they absorbed the atmosphere and the weight of Ypres history.
Next, a visit to Sanctuary Wood Museum (Hill 62) which was very informative; the visit allowed the Scouts to walk around real trenches to fully experience what the war could have been like for soldiers, some of which would have been the same age as them(!!!).
The day continued into the centre of Ypres as they went around In Flanders Field Museum which had an interactive element to it allowing the Scouts the read about all aspects of World War I.
The day was finished with the Scouts participating in the Last Post Ceremony and laying wreaths under the Menin Gate. The service was very thought provoking and it was fascinating to see how Ypres is still so influenced by it’s history in war.