A real adventure.
TV presenter, explorer and naturalist Steve Backshall, and double Olympic champion rower Helen Glover, are proud ambassadors to the Scout Association, and were keen to take a group of young Scouts on a very special adventure.
It was great to be asked to embed within the group and document the jam-packed 24 hour experience, where the Scouts first sharpened their skills in firelighting, building shelters, knife and axework, and first aid, before setting off by giant canoe across Windermere.
On the other side of the water, the Helen and Steve led the Scouts up a wooded hill, where the Scouts would be building shelters to sleep in, prepare a stew and light a fire to cook it on.
The weather at this point was... some of the worst conditions I've ever shot in. The rain was so heavy that it took Steve and two pyromaniac Scouts over an hour and a half to get a fire going!
A super early start in the morning, and after very little sleep, the Scouts (and Steve and Helen!) were still all in brilliant spirits for a hike up the Old Man Of Coniston
Steve and Helen are both incredible and inspirational people, and the conversations, skills and new experiences for the group of Scouts, who had all met for the first time, were so impressive. They talked of the change in their own lives that Scouting has brought about, and it was inspiring to see the awareness within these remarkable young people at how they are part of something truly special, not just in this trip, but in all of the experiences and challenges that being in Scouts has presented them.
The images are being used to tell the story of the adventure through various social channels, and today had a nice double spread in the Sunday Express - it's great to be able to tell the country about the adventures that both young people, and their leaders, who are all volunteers, can have within Scouting.