Nearly 400 young people in Northamptonshire Scouts got the opportunity to use an activity tracker to monitor their steps as they walked from here to Kenya (virtually) – over 8000 miles.
Being active every day helps us to stay healthy, raise our mood and improves concentration at school, work or play. The virtual World-Walk Adventure was created to promote the physical and mental wellbeing of Scouts and Scout Leaders in the Northamptonshire area whilst having fun at the same time. A total of 370 Young People and their Leaders are participated ranging in age from 83 to 10 years of age. The World-Walk Adventure was a total of 8,265 miles long and after 3 months of walking one team covered an astounding 4,375 miles, making their daily average step count of 12,112 steps for each participant within this group.
One Scout Leader commented:
“It’s a great way to get the Scouts active throughout the day, and not just on days when the Scout teams meet. By paying just a little more attention to how active they are, they can see the health benefits of and develop healthy habits to keep for a lifetime. We’ve also used the virtual walk to view a little about the places of interest along the way”.
Ron Hasler one of Northamptonshire’s Vice Presidents came up with the idea and got £10,000 of Lottery Funding to make it happen. Ron (a Kings Scout) also separately raised money whilst taking part which will go to support the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the County. He presented a cheque for the money raised at this year’s AGM - received on behalf of young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award by Padraic and Amber. Thank you to Ron and also Kevin and Jessica from Activ8rlives who supplied the BuddyBands and supported the project and well done to everyone who took part!