May 22 2012
It has come to the notice of the team that Wayne Bulpitt, The Scout Chief Commissioner, has made mention of the team and very long serving Bolton MRT team member Mike Marsh on his official blog site, the details of which we reproduce below;
Wayne Bulpitt, Scouts UK Chief Commissioner was in Greater Manchester on the weekend of the Pike View Hike and visited the event on the Sunday (13th May 2012) to present the various awards and then have a chat with all the groups taking part.
Greater Manchester North
The Pike View Hike (www.pikeviewhike.co.uk) was started 10 years ago by 6 people, including District Commissioner, Paul Mather. It is now organised by a small team led by Mike Marsh and has strong links with the Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, which is a great partnership. This year saw more than 320 participants in 79 teams of Cub Scouts, Scouts and Explorer Scouts who were taking part in the three hike challenges around Rivington Pike. It was great meeting with the many participants and to hear about their fun and adventure.
It is great to see events like this flourish. They really do bring together so much of what is behind our success, including young people demonstrating skills they learn in regular meetings, from map reading and compass work to the benefits of teamwork and leadership.
All of this is done with leaders either walking with them in the case of the Cub Scouts or shadowing from a distance and manning the bases.
It’s an incredibly sophisticated operation that Pike View has developed to track participants, estimate times and to ensure that everybody completes the event safely. This was a great way to end my brief insight into Scouting in Greater Manchester.