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canal boat Scouts from the Group took to the water over the Easter week this year and completed a week on the English waterways.  Using a charity operated 65 foot traditional canal narrow boat, the 'crew' completed the 'Black Country Ring' of canals. canal map

Starting at Lichfield the Scouts successfully navigated over 100miles of canals and upwards of 100 locks through Fradley, Great Heywood, Wolverhampton and the Birmingham area using the Coventry Canal, Trent and Mersey Canal, Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal and part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations.


Boat steering canal crew
Drayton Foot bridge
Drayton Foot Bridge
Jonathan Moritz (the Troop Scout Leader) said  ' This was a brilliant week away. We had good weather and a real adventure taking the boat through town and country. All of the Scouts had the opportunity to helm the boat and open loads of locks.  More importantly they had a chance to gain some independence and work together as a team.  I would like to express my thanks to the leaders who supported me in running this trip, the Stratford Upon Avon Narrow Boat Trust and of course the Scouts who joined in with the real 'Scouting spirit''
lock key operator
Lock operating
In the lock
Lock key Pair of operators We have done it

We are looking forward to running another trip next year.

Will you be there?




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