Weather fails to dampen spirits

WET weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of hundreds of Northumberland youngsters as they enjoyed a taste of Brownie camp.

About 350 Brownies, leaders and helpers took part in the Stepping Stones camp at Dilston near Hexham.

The youngsters, aged seven to nine, sampled a range of activities, including climbing, nature trails, archery, geocaching, messy science and walking on custard.

Most of the girls had never slept in tents before, but they thoroughly enjoyed the three-day stay.

An army of volunteers helped to organise the events and prepared mountains of food.

Chief Guide Gill Slocombe, who visited the camp, said: “At Stepping Stones I’ve watched girls being girls and experiencing simple camping skills in a stress-free environment. This shows there really is a place in children’s busy lives for adventure and outdoor fun.”