Leeds scouts follow in footsteps of Roman soldiers

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A campsite was transformed into a Roman fort as nearly 100 youngsters joined a themed scout camp.

Over 80 beavers, cubs and scouts took part in the 24th North Leeds Scout Group’s biennial camp held in Wike, on the outskirts of the city.

The 2014 event was given a Roman theme, complete with a gateway, castle and fully kitted out soldiers.

Cub scout leader Patrick Tivey was one of 35 adults who attended the camp along with 84 children.

He said: “It’s gone amazingly well. All the kids have been so good and they’ve all got on so well together.

“It’s been a brilliant camp.”

The group’s last camp was a Greek Olympics-themed event tying in with the 2012 games, and Mr Tivey said this year he had spent six months making the props, with the assistance of a team of helpers.

That included six full-sized shields and 100 hardboard shields, with youngsters keen to try on the full armour.

On Friday evening they watched a display by adults in full Roman outfits, followed by a candlelight film showing.

The next day activities included archery and the participants learned about the testudo formation, used by Roman soldiers in battle, before having a chance to put it to the test.

Yesterday, campers took part in a huge water fight and had fun on a 200ft water slide.

Throughout the event, they helped put together a large mosaic which is set to become a permanent feature at the campsite.

Mr Tivey thanked those who had assisted with the props, parents who had come to the event and the 20 scout leaders who had also been involved.

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