Summer holiday fun has kicked up a gear with exciting outdoor pursuits giving youngsters an adrenaline-fuelled break from school.
A free outdoor adventure assault course saw youngsters aged eight to 16 climb, crawl, jump and slide through water, mud, confined spaces, smoke and foam at Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park, in Hell Lane, Wakefield.
Designed by members of West Yorkshire Police at Normanton and Featherstone Neighbourhood Policing Team and Fear Masters Entertainment, Thursday’s two-hour session brought smiles to the faces of dozens of children in the second of four events this month aimed to entertain over 250 young people in total.
Police Community Support Officer Katie Hester, Normanton and Featherstone NPT, helped organise the first Rookie Resilience Mini Mudder event having completed mud runs herself for charity.
She said: “The kids have absolutely loved it and they have all gone home knackered.
“Mud runs are so popular across the country at the moment but there’s nothing for kids to do – they’re all for adults. We’re hoping we can do it again next year, bigger and better.”
Two more mini mudders at Yorkshire Scare Grounds are scheduled for August 18 and 28, and limited spaces are still available.
Organisations including Coca Cola, Heath Cum Warmfield Community Fundraising, Building Production Solutions and a whole host of parish and town councils have donated time, money and materials to make the event happen.
PCSO Hester added: “We wanted to do something completely different and give the kids a real challenge in an outdoor environment.”
Elsewhere in the region, youngsters have been getting their hands dirty in bushcraft sessions at Otley Chevin.
Children aged 12 and over joined Leeds City Council countryside rangers for an action-packed day in the woods learning to build shelters from natural materials, foraging for food and learning first aid from plants in the wild last week.
Otley’s Sport Chevin project will also host a free family sports and activity day at Wharfe Meadows Park on Saturday September 6, with all money raised going towards funding the project.
Along with a 5k run and a cycling event, there will be sports tournaments and an assault course.
For further information on the mini mudder email firstname.lastname@example.org.