Ottery scouts and explorers have a riot in Holland

A GROUP of 48 scouts, explorers and leaders from Ottery enjoyed a nine-day adventure in Holland.

Young people aged from 10 to 17 took on a packed programme of activities including a visit to Amsterdam and the Anne Frank house, a bike ride from Rotterdam and a battlefield tour in Arnhem.

The trip, which saw the contingent travel by coach to the historic Kruithuis - formerly Holland’s gunpowder store, took a year to organise.

John Green, group scout Leader said: “It was a great shock when the group returned to the UK to hear of the devastation that befell many of our major cities, with young people running riot.

“Our trip emphasised to me the value and structure that organisations like scouting can provide.

“We had 40 young people - many had a great deal of freedom on the days and nights we were in Holland - and we had no trouble whatsoever.

“The whole group was a credit to scouting.”

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Joint organiser Chris Evans added: “The whole trip was a massive success and the young people got so much out of the experience.”

Parents will next month get a chance to see a presentation of what the party got up to during the trip.

Group members also enjoyed a visit to a ‘movie park’ in Germany and indoor and outdoor water park.

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