ADVENTUROUS Scouts across Newport have taken social distancing to astronomic levels by hiking to the moon in aid of life-changing local charities.

The Newport District Scouts have taken part in Scouting’s UK-wide Hike to the Moon challenge, which saw members walk the equivalent number of miles between the Earth and the Moon in aid of charities supported by Comic Relief and Children in Need.

During the last few weeks, 150 Newport-based Scouts and three Explorer units have taken part in the challenge, with each member tasked with completing a mile in the most creative way possible.

Across the nation they were joined by thousands of Scouts, friends, and family who collectively walked 240,000 miles raising more than £328,000 for Children in Need and Comic Relief.

Newport’s Scouts added around £500 to that total by completing approximately 300 miles from their homes, gardens, and local areas while adhering to social distancing rules.

Deputy District Youth Commissioner Dylan Murray said he was “thrilled” with the creativity and determination shown by Newport’s Scouts and Explorers when taking on this initiative.


He said: “The Hike to the Moon challenge was a fantastic way to bring our groups together for something worthwhile a time when they are apart.

“The challenge really brought out the best in our members, who displayed their determination and creativity in undertaking their individual mile. Whether they skipped, danced or walked it was a highly enjoyable and rewarding event for all involved.

“We are thrilled with how much we helped to raise, which will make such a difference to the lives of vulnerable people throughout Newport and beyond at this particularly difficult time.”

The Hike to the Moon challenge is part of The Scout’s Great Indoors initiative, which has been launched to entertain and inspire children during the coronavirus lockdown.

Great Indoors is a collection of more than 200 free activities suitable for families to undertake at home.

To explore the Great Indoors, visit