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Green Beret Challenge Competition: 1st Thorley Adventurer Scouts team triumphs in test of fitness, tenacity and teamwork





A team of six Scouts from Bishop’s Stortford have triumphed at the prestigious Green Beret Challenge Competition.

The group – Isabel Draycott, Amy Howard, Phoebe Dellow, Sophie Standish, Charlie Watts and Thomas Crawley – from the 1st Thorley Adventurer Scout Troop competed against 152 teams from across Hertfordshire and beyond.

Around 1,000 Scouts take part every year, showing their skills in orienteering, an assault course, daytime challenge incidents and a night exercise.

From left, Isabel Draycott, Amy Howard, Phoebe Dellow, team leader Sophie Standish, Charlie Watts, and Thomas Crawley
From left, Isabel Draycott, Amy Howard, Phoebe Dellow, team leader Sophie Standish, Charlie Watts, and Thomas Crawley

The Green Beret Challenge is designed to be tough, deliberately taking place in November when it’s cold, wet and muddy. The competition tests their fitness, tenacity and ability to work as a team in one long day lasting from 7.30am to 11pm.

Scout leader Simon Turner said: “It was great to see this team of young people do so well. We’ve been sending teams to this competition since it started 39 years ago and have never won it, so they did brilliantly.”

The team was first in the orienteering challenge to take first place overall. Two other groups from the Thorley troop finished 21st and 72nd.

Youngsters aged 10 to 14 can find out more about joining the Adventurers by emailing simon.turner@thorleyscouts.org.uk for details.



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