Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hampshire scouts back from expedition to Peru

spitting image: Llama mother Peru with her newborn cria

HAMPSHIRE scouts have just returned from a six week adventure in Peru. Continuing the Scout’s reputation for expeditions, the team of 18 spent two weeks constructing an orphanage near Oropesa, using funds they had raised over two years. Having finished the build, complete with blue window frames and football nets, they set off on the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu.
The group, led by Dave King from Southampton, included Doug Bennett, from Chandler’s Ford, Wil Farmer and Becky Rowe, both from Eastleigh. Becky, 18, said “Looking down on the ruins of a civilisation that lived a thousand years ago, will be something I’ll never forget - it almost beats the look on the face of the children at the orphanage when we fixed their football nets!”
They returned to the UK on Friday, September 10, having found time for a spot of white water rafting, and a dip in the local hot springs to recover from their exertions.
For more information on the trip and the team, visit

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