16 July 2011: ShelterBox Scavenger Hunt

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Fourteen Cubs and six adults gathered at 7.30am on one of wettest July days imaginable, to travel to London for the ShelterBox Scavenger Hunt.

After an hour and a half on the Oxford Tube the Cubs were ready to stretch their legs and find the start point at Westminster City School. We split into three teams and registered before heading upstairs to have our photos taken with the ShelterBoxes, try out one of the emergency tents and find out a bit more work about the charity.

We then spent half an hour planning our route and looking at the challenges and tasks that we would be completing, before collecting our balloons and setting off into the city. By this time it was raining so hard that our shoes filled with water and and rain coats started leaking within a few minutes, but we weren't going to let a bit of rain dampen our sense of adventure. Over the course of the day we visited famous locations including Buckingham Palace (large crowds - eek!), St James Park (soggy grass), "1 London" (got told off for leaving the door open), Trafalgar Square (very tiny police station), Piccadilly Circus (neon lights), Embankment (flag challenge - we rock at flags), Big Ben (it donged while we had the photo taken), Whitehall (five saluting Cub Scouts) and 10 Downing Street (was the PM home?) We answered questions, solved riddles, identified sights and took part in a series of team tasks. Despite having wrinkly fingers and toes we kept going until the end - and just as we started heading back the sun came out! 

Though we didn't win, we were very proud of every Cub who took part - they all lived up to their promises and did their best throughout the day - and they all gained a ShelterBox key-ring in recognition of their achievements. Our top placed team was in fifth place out of thirty Cub teams and one Cub was also given a special badge by the founder of ShelterBox for asking such good questions - well done Charlie!

After the presentations we went for a well-earned McDonalds, horrifying the people in the queue behind us as we worked through our order of 20 different meals. The Cubs remained excited throughout the journey home, though we expect that they all slept well on Saturday night!

This was the first year that we took part in this event - and if it was this much fun in torrential rain we can only imagine how great it will be if the sun was shining! We shall certainly be going back next year, prepared for whatever the weather may throw at us.