About Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts

Hi! My name is Emma and I’m the Venture Abroad Representative based in Buitenzorg, The Netherlands. I’m currently a History student who has spent the past year studying at Leiden (The Netherlands) and I love all things Dutch (especially Stroopwafels) and I know plenty about the countries’ history and culture. On top of my studies I love to travel and meet new people. I also enjoy playing Netball and attending dance classes. I’m looking forward to meeting all of the new groups and showing them all The Netherlands has to offer.

Last days for Worthing Sea Scouts

20 Aug 17

As the week drew to a close, Worthing Sea Scouts spent their last full day heading into Amersfoort to do the High Ropes course and Swimming. Although it rained (heavily) and everyone got drenched on the high ropes, they were able to splash around in the pool after so it didn’t have too much of an effect!!

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After a soggy end to the week, the Scouts managed to get all packed up and onto the bus.

It was sad to wave the last group off…now the packing up of the camp site has commenced!!

Worthing – Making it worth every minute

17 Aug 17

Following a busy day in Utrecht on Monday; Worthing Sea Scouts took it slow on Tuesday biking around the local area and discovered the Netherlands in the Dutch way.

On Tuesday, the Scouts took on Amsterdam, they visited the Rijksmuseum; the NEMO science museum and then enjoyed a cruise along Amsterdam’s famous canals.

To finish the day, the Scouts had a sunset dinner at Butchers Burgers and enjoyed the Dutch tradition of al fresco dining.

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Today, after a sleepy start, the Scouts spent the day on site to take part in laser tag and archery. It was a fun filled day of activity, broken up by use of the on site pizza oven (which was a challenge for everyone!!).

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Sunshine and Showers for Worthing Scouts

15 Aug 17

As the final week of the season gets into full swing, there has been a great mix of weather from glorious sunshine yesterday to it pouring with rain today.

On Sunday, the Scouts ventured out to Utrecht where they climbed the Dom Tower, the tallest church tower in The Netherlands! The group then had some time to explore the city themselves (a few of whom found a rare McDonald’s).

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On Monday, the group took part in the infamous Photo Hike – some groups only took 1hr45, the quickest time this season!!! In the afternoon, they played Mini-Golf (or Midget Golf in Dutch) before cooling off in the Swimming Pool.

Today, I have sent the Scouts off on a bike ride. As one of the nations favourite past times, I have my fingers crossed that it’ll stop raining enough for them to enjoy this!

Roller coaster of a week

12 Aug 17

This week with Potteries North has been somewhat of a roller coaster; the emotional visit to Ypres, to the quieter day with a photo hike finishing with actual roller coasters at Walibi Theme Park.

Friday morning, we set off early for Walibi and it did not disappoint! With many of the group going on the famous Goliath ride, as well as lots opting to get wet on the log flume. After the busy day at the theme park, the group visited a restaurant in Baarn for Build Your Own Burgers to celebrate a lovely week. A brilliant week with lots of happy faces at the end.

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This afternoon, of course, we had to say goodbye to Potteries North and a hello to Worthing Sea Scouts. They have already settled in and even did some Geocaching on site this afternoon! It looks to be another busy week…

Potteries North Take on Amsterdam

10 Aug 17

Potteries North District Scouts continue to be busy! Yesterday, they recovered from their day trip to Ypres while some of them still managed to take a self-guided trip to Amsterdam, others visited nearby Amersfoort and Baarn.

Today, the whole group (fully rested) made it to Amsterdam where they had an emotional visit to the Anne Frank House, many of the group buying copies of her diary to further read up on her life. In the afternoon, the Potteries North enjoyed a canal cruise through the famous Amsterdam Canals. Upon returning to the campsite, the Scouts enjoyed Domino’s pizza which was delicious!

 

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Two Countries for Potteries North District

9 Aug 17

After arriving on Saturday, it has been busy start to the visit for Potteries North!  The group set out to explore Baarn, which continued into Sunday with their Photo Hike up to Groenveld Castle.

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Then, on Monday they took a trip to Amersfoort to try out the high ropes and swimming pool. Everyone was very tired by the end of the day but enjoyed the challenge of the course.

Tuesday was the busiest day for Potteries North as we set off for Ypres. This was a long 300 mile round trip but worth every minute!

The day began by visiting Tyne Cot Cemetery; everyone was silent as they absorbed the atmosphere and the weight of Ypres history.

Next, a visit to Sanctuary Wood Museum (Hill 62) which was very informative; the visit allowed the Scouts to walk around real trenches to fully experience what the war could have been like for soldiers, some of which would have been the same age as them(!!!).

The day continued into the centre of Ypres as they went around In Flanders Field Museum which had an interactive element to it allowing the Scouts the read about all aspects of World War I.

The day was finished with the Scouts participating in the Last Post Ceremony and laying wreaths under the Menin Gate. The service was very thought provoking and it was fascinating to see how Ypres is still so influenced by it’s history in war.

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