Full Steam Ahead: Yorkshire Scouts Complete Brand New World Record Attempt
Members of three Leeds Scouting groups travelled more than 100 miles in order to set a brand new world record last weekend (2nd-5th August).
Young members of the Central Yorkshire Scout county unit 28 contingent including St Mary’s (Kippax), Scholes and Sherburn Scout Groups completed the longest journey by Heritage Railway in less than 36 hours travelling from the North Yorkshire Moors to the Welsh Highlands and on to the Midlands, stopping to set up camp along the way.
The attempt was completed in a bid to raise funds to send three of its members to the World Scout Jamboree next year.
Scouts Morgan Harness (13) from Kippax and Thomas Bliss (12) from Scholes travelled the equivalent distance of the width of the UK in 7 train journeys to raise the £3800 each needed to attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.
The third Jamboree participant to make the attempt was Thomas’ carer. The Scout association kindly agreed to allow a supporting adult to accompany Thomas during the Jamboree to provide the additional help his Autism needs. Part of the money also goes to help Scouts from less well-off countries attend.
The boys were accompanied by three supporting Scouts who collected sponsorship and donations, whilst two Scout leaders and a backup camping team helped them achieve their goal.
Paul Harness, assistant Scout leader at St Mary’s Kippax Scout group said:
“We’re absolutely thrilled at successfully completing our world record attempt.
“It was an action packed weekend, but we managed to complete the attempt with 7 minutes to spare of the 36 hours.
“We’re incredibly proud - now all that’s left to do is wait for the Guinness Book of World Records to validate!
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us and donated towards our cause.”
Morgan Harness said:
“The attempt was a challenge as our timings were really tight, but all our hard work was worth it!”
The brand new World record is pending official confirmation from the Guinness Book of World records.
Full Steam Ahead: Yorkshire Scouts Complete Brand New World Record Attempt, 10th August 2018, 20:41 PM