The FARG have just completed a TRENCH EXPERIENCE for a local Scout group over the rememberence weekend.
FARG constructed a small trench system in the countryside outside Bristol, and ensured it was as realistic as possible in the time frames available (and without the use of mechanical diggers - oh! my back!!)
One visitor to the site we had during construction had wondered if it was a set for a film we were making!
We trained and briefed the local Scout Group over the proceeding week and led them throughout the evenings activities - where they got as close to a First War experience as we could make it (safely) for them. There was live firing of blanks, pyrotechnics, uniforms and helmets and some very exciting missions (for the Scouts - oh and the directing staff!)
The night although initially hamped by rain cleared up and the exercises went late into the evening - and everyone came back thoroughly exhausted, wet and muddy!
In the words of the Scout leader;
'I just wanted to say thank you and well done for a fantastic night last night. It will live long in the memory of everyone who was there. I have a particularly striking image in my head of 18 soldiers marching in a line across no-mans-land, having just gone over the top, in bright clear moonlight.
I believe that the whole session will be a formative experience and positive influence in the development of 18 young people.'
The FARG hope to help out in similar ways over the coming months - next is an 'escape from Colditz' evening!
If we can help with your youth groups activities - feel free to drop us a line!