A group of fifteen scouts from Bad Rappenau Germany, which is twinned with Llandrindod Wells, has recently completed a week’s stay in Wales. The visitors were hosted by Llandrindod Wells Scouts at a camp in Howey where the young people from both towns camped together. In 2014 a group of Scouts from Llandrindod Wells had enjoyed a week in Germany camping with the Bad Rappenau Scouts and this visit had been organised as a reciprocal exchange.

On the first evening of their visit the group enjoyed a social skittles evening and meal together at the Rock Park Heritage Centre. The Scouts were welcomed by Llandrindod’s Mayor, Councillor Jon Williams, who hoped they would enjoy their stay in Mid Wales and consolidate friendships forged when the two groups first met in 2014. He was pleased that through the twinning links groups of young people were able to experience and share cultural exchanges and raise awareness of the similarities and differences of our nations.

The Mayor of Llandrindod Wells, Councillor Jon Williams with Scout visitors from Bad Rappenau (Germany) and Scout hosts from Llandrindod Wells on their arrival at the Rock Park Heritage Centre.

A full programme of activities had been organised by Llandrindod Scouts for their guests from Germany. On their first full day the scouts experienced an exhilarating day kayaking and cycling in the Elan Valley before returning to their campsite for an evening meal prepared by volunteers from Llandrindod Twinning Association. The following day they travelled to Cardiff for two nights stay at the Llandaff Scout Hut, exploring the city and local attractions including St Fagan’s National Museum and the beach at Barry Island. The scouts were given thanks and praise from the Mayor of Barry for their gallant effort in picking up litter from the beach after their day’s stay.

Kayaking in the Elan Valley

On their return to Mid Wales the scouts travelled to the Brecon Beacons to climb Pen-y-Fan and spent two days walking along the coast path between Cardigan and Aberystwyth. The German scouts thoroughly enjoyed their first trip to Wales and thanked everyone for making their visit so enjoyable. Friendships had been consolidated and the hospitality shown had been exceptional the two scout groups looked forward to further exchange visits in future years.