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Elvington Youngsters Rise To Challenge

Twelve young people aged from six to 17, from the Elvington area in Dover, Kent, have benefited from a military-style youth intervention programme designed to push them both physically and mentally in a safe, controlled environment run by Challenger Troop CIC.

During the challenging one-week programme, which took place during the October half-term, the youngsters took part in a range of activities which included building a raft and kayaking on Hythe Canal, shooting and archery, camp crafts and military skills, through to reconnaissance patrols and laser-gun battles.

Key objectives included instilling self-discipline, raising self-confidence and self-worth, and working as members of a team throughout the exciting tasks. The week culminated in an awards ceremony at Eythorne Resource Centre, with certificates and other awards presented by retired Brigadier David Ralls, Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, representing The Lord Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle.

We would like to thank Kent County Council, who provided funding for the programme with support from Dover District Council and the Dover District Community Safety Partnership.

Founder and Chief Executive Simon Dean told the youngsters and their families: “This group had a very broad age range and it is to their credit that they worked together so effectively to tackle some really difficult and challenging tasks.” Team leader Steve Horne said “The week was a resounding success, with every youngster having finished the course with some new friends, increased self-confidence and better standards of personal behaviour”.

Parents were also happy to express their views of the programme. One mother said: “My son has benefited so much from this week. He seems to have matured such a lot. If he could do it all over again, he would.” Another said: “My daughter was very hesitant about taking part but has really enjoyed it and I think it will do her a world of good.”

We are delighted to announce that more  Challenger Troop programmes for young people in the Dover area are planned for next year.

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Posted: 7, November, 2013
by Kevin Campbell

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