350 Scouts from Northamptonshire Start their World-Walk Adventure Monday 5 October 2015 PDF Print In a World’s first for the Scouting movement, groups of Scouts are walking in teams of 10 to Nyeri in Kenya – to the grave of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout movement – without leaving the County. Through a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery, Northamptonshire’s Scouts have linked-up with local health and wellness Company Activ8rlives. Each Scout wears a BuddyBand2 waterproof activity tracker throughout the day and uploads their step count to their team’s website using an App on their Smartphone. Progress of the team of 10 is plotted on the spectucular route automatically. Teams can see where the other teams have got to on Google EarthTM, to introduce a bit of motivating competitive spirit. They will need it: the journey is 8,000 miles long and will take 6 months to complete together. All this and not a Country border to cross or passport in sight! The World-Walk Adventure is a team game. Everyone is encouraged to contribute only what they can manage and will be rewarded with a specially commissioned badge at the midway point and on completion. We all know that being active everyday helps us to stay healthy and fit, raise our mood and help concentration at school. What is unique, is that this programme in Public Health is being delivered by a Charity not the NHS or Local Authority, with Mums and Dads as volunteer leaders (who also have to walk their talk as well). The Scouts movement was founded at the start of the last Century when many children lived in wretched poverty. Ex Army Baden-Powell created clubs run by volunteers for impoverished children from the slums of London, where they learned new outdoor skills, leadership and how to keep themselves in good mental and physical health. Society is very different today, but the Scouts are still leading in teaching generations of young people the skills needed for life. World-Walk Adventure is a 21st Century version of what the modern Scouting movement represents today. Martin Scudder, Leader of the 1st Higham Ferrers Group of Northamptonshire County Scouts commented: “The World-Walk Adventure has been an excellent way to bring the scouts together for a single cause. It's rare to see this much enthusiasm from every young person for a single activity but every member of our group wants to take part, including leaders and many parents. There is a friendly rivalry between teams and it's the first thing the young people talk about each week at Scouts. I know for a fact they all talk about it at school as well. It becomes quite addictive to monitor your activity levels and make sure you hit your target each day and then translate that into the progress of the group on the walk to Nyeri. Our group has already walked over 700 miles collectively and the whole group has a real pride in what they are achieving. It's making being active fun.” The Scouts and Explorers are enjoying taking part in the World-Walk Adventure and love the technology as well, as Aaron Scudder from the 1st Higham Ferrers Scouts explains: “I'm really enjoying taking part and wearing the BuddyBand2. I was surprised how many steps each day I already do but now I want to do more and more. I wear the BuddyBand2 all day so it measures my sleep as well. Now I know what my mum means when she says I'm a wriggle monster. The app is really good and I like to show my friends how far we've gone on the map on my phone. I'm really enjoying the World-Walk Adventure, it's fun and exciting.” If you or your Company would like to join these intrepid Adventurers by forming your own Community groups or as part of a Corporate Wellness Programme to help raise money for the many good causes supported by the Scouts (a registered Charity), you can contact the organisers for more information (t: 01480 352 821). When you call, just say that you want to walk to Kenya! Ends Notes to Editor: Scouts are aged 10-14, Explorers are aged 14-18 and Scout Leaders 18-80+Twitter handles #NorthantsScouts #ScoutsNorthants #WorldWalkAdventure #Activ8rlives About Scouting Scouting is a worldwide youth led organisation which puts fun and adventure at the heart of everything we do. Founded by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in 1907, Scouting takes place 216 countries around the world and has over 31 million young people enjoying Scouting activities on a regular basis. Scouting is based on the fundamental values of Integrity, Respect, Care, Belief, and Co-Operation. By combining these values, young people are encouraged to explore their personal and spiritual development as well as being able to make a positive contribution to society. Whilst the founding principles of Scouting may not have changed in over 100 years, the young people’s programme is constantly evolving to reflect the world today. This includes the increasing use of modern technology in our lives as well as looking at traditional Scouting skills and putting a modern twist on them. This ensures a modern learning experience that gains maximum engagement from the young people. In Northamptonshire, there are 106 Scout groups divided into 6 Districts. From Corby and Nene Valley in the north, Northampton and Wellingborough in the centre and Grafton and Daventry in the south, you should never be more than 2 miles away from your local Scout group even if you don’t know it’s there! Every week, just under 1500 adult volunteers are helping 6000 young people from across the County take part in Scouting activities covering the whole young person programme. This is supported by a structured award scheme (earning badges!) as well has specific resources to enable the young person to gain new skills and practice existing skills in a safe environment. Bear Grylls, our Chief Scout said it best: ‘Every child has a right to have an adventure. Life is about grabbing opportunities. The prizes don’t always go to the biggest, the best and strongest—they go to those who persevere. These are simple life lessons that Scouting teaches people.’ Scouting is always looking for new volunteers and if you fancy a go, why not join the adventure at www.scouts.org.uk/join About Activ8rlives Aseptika Limited is a healthcare technology company developing and marketing an integrated suite of self-monitoring devices and services under the Activ8rlives brand. The Company is developing integrated systems which can be used by laypeople and their healthcare service providers to better self-monitor long-term wellness and support those with Long-Term Health Conditions through self-management. The Company’s goal is to provide everyone with tools (and the understanding of how to apply them) so that most of us can keep healthy and well for most of the time. Self-management through self-monitoring is the motivation driving technology development. For more information about Aseptika Ltd, Activ8rlives and products, visit: www.Activ8rlives.com About the Big Lottery The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Since June 2004 we have awarded over £6.5billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans. Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £33 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded. Press Contacts: Northamptonshire Scouts David and Jennie Curtis, Northamptonshire County Media Managers firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 (0)1327 261886 Mobile: +44 (0)7775 758580 (Jennie) Mobile: +44 (0)7778 421442 (David) Activ8rlives (Aseptika Limited) Jessica Auton, Marketing Director Jessica.email@example.com Tel: +44 (0)1480 352821 Mobile: +44 (0)7455 922122 This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Aseptika in the following categories: Health, Leisure & Hobbies, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.