Five members from ESCAT, who are usually found providing public announcement equipment and 2-way radio services for events, had a whole load of fun taking part in the London Scavenger Hunt on Saturday 12th June.
Starting (last) from BP House they followed a map across Kensington Gardens & Hyde Park, to solve clues on route, carrying one of the iconic Big Green Boxes, thankfully empty, (bar the 1p found outside Royal Albert Hall).
They got to meet some great friendly people at ShelterBox, as well as Scouts from around the UK, and members of the public enquiring “What’s in the box?” There were plenty of funny looks, some from the geese on the Serpentine. One young member of the team got to play with the lights on the London Ambulance, just before a dash to keep in front of the team of Sea Scouts that we had overtaken earlier.
After the prize giving, which included 1st prize to 18th Ilford Guides and 2nd prize to 1st Castle Hedingham Scouts, the team offered to take a box away with us to continue raising awareness of ShelterBox at events they attend through the year. This meant an ‘extended’ tour of London sightseeing with box in tow, meeting more new ‘friends’ in the form of police officers, guards and underground staff, barriers not being designed with Big Green Boxes in mind.
The event was part of Big Green Box Week, which raises awarness of ShelterBox, a disaster relief charity, which in partnership with Scouts, delivers tents and living tools to areas struck by hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunami and alike.