Explorers head for Swaziland

PUBLISHED: 10:35 30 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:05 11 May 2010

Ready for their big trip: Scouts (L-R) Mica Tailor, Eloise Pollard and Hester Potterill with Sam Abbott standing at the back.

Ready for their big trip: Scouts (L-R) Mica Tailor, Eloise Pollard and Hester Potterill with Sam Abbott standing at the back.

A group of Explorer Scouts from Crow country have been honing their bricklaying skills in preparation for a trip to Swaziland. The Scouts, Mica Tailor from Royston, Heter Potterill from Steeple Morden, Sam Abbott from Ashwell and Eloise Pollard from Sando

A group of Explorer Scouts from Crow country have been honing their bricklaying skills in preparation for a trip to Swaziland.

The Scouts, Mica Tailor from Royston, Heter Potterill from Steeple Morden, Sam Abbott from Ashwell and Eloise Pollard from Sandon, flew out of Heathrow yesterday (Wednesday) with more than 50 other Explorer Scouts on the long flight to Johannesburg where they will then travel overland to help build a new accommodation block at the Swaziland national campsite.

The Thirst for Life project will be just one of many activities the Explorer Scouts and their leaders will be involved in. Each Scout has raised £1,300 in order to make the trip, and they will be there for 12 days doing community work and practical activities.

Early in the year a 40 foot sea container was filled with items which could be put to good use at the local orphanage and school and this has now arrived at the camp site.

Hester Potterill, 17, of Brook End, Steeple Morden who is a pupil at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, said: "I've always wanted to go to Africa and now I am achieving my dream.

"There will be a lot of hard work but I am really looking forward to the safari."

The group plan to visit the Kruger National Park for a short safari at the end of the trip.

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