by susanne webster
One of Iona Scouting Group’s highlights this term was visiting Extreme Edge, a large indoor rock-climbing centre in Glen Eden. Having been on this experience many times before as an annual Scout event, you see the kids gain more confidence every time. It’s amazing to see kids who were at first scared to climb eventually get to the top, and some even start racing their mates to see who can get to the top first.
On the way home in the car my kids kept asking when we’d be going back. They obviously loved it which got me thinking, had we not been members of Scouts we never would have come here. Why? Because I’m scared of heights. I guess I just assumed that if I couldn’t do it then my kids couldn’t, but I was really projecting my personal fears on to them. The idea of climbing a wall that high terrifies me so I never considered it as an option for my kids, but there they were climbing up those walls like monkeys with no fear.
The kids were relaxed, exercising, having fun and learning a new skill whilst hanging out with their friends. My oldest son calls it exercising in disguise because it’s so much fun you don’t realize you’re exercising. The group atmosphere makes you push yourself. You see your friends doing it and having fun and you give it a go too. Having been on this experience many times before, as it has been a yearly event for our Scout group, you see the kids gain more confidence every time and it’s amazing to see kids who were at first scared to climb eventually get to the top or even as confident to start racing their mates to see who can get to the top first.