Sleeping with Sharks

Date: 14th Mar 2020 Author: Scout Websites

In March 2020, West Monkton Scout Group visited the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth for an exciting way to see what happens in the underwater world at night.

With the super heroes of the sea swimming silently overhead, their presence fascinated 120 Cubs, Scouts, Young Leaders and Leaders who braved enough to spend the night in their company. With a combination of entertainment and education, the evening shared an understanding of the marine environment and how we all have a part in helping to keep it safe.

The evening consisted of a twilight tour of the Aquarium, arts and crafts in the Just Add H2O Creative Centre, games around the building, a big screen movie in front of the Eddystone Reef tank, a midnight snack, finished off with a continental breakfast the following morning.

All young people were exceptionally behaved during our visit, and we would like to say a massive thank you to the Staff at the National Marine Aquarium for our trip.

The following day, parents showed their appreciation by posting to Facebook…

Thank you all for running yet another amazing event. James and Ben had a brilliant time

Thank you so much for giving Edward yet another unforgettable experience. He had a fantastic time x

Thank you to everyone who gave up their weekend to take our children to sleeping with sharks. Scarlett really enjoyed it xx

Jack really enjoyed Sleeping with Sharks! Thank you very much!

Thank you for organising this fab event. The Ryder girls loved it X

Thank you all so much William had an amazing time! X

Thank you everyone involved for a great camp, millie loved it. Thanks for giving up you time as usual for making great memories xxx

Thank you all very much for taking the time to organise this fantastic opportunity for our kids! We’re always grateful to everyone who dedicated their time and effort (as tiring as it is too!) to enable our children to have these amazing childhood memories! THANK YOU!

Thankyou everyone involved in this trip ?. Felicitee and Ashton had an amazing time. They thought it was fantastic so two very happy children ?. Thanks again Xxx

Charlotte had a lovely time this weekend. Thanks for all the effort that everyone put in.

Thank you once again!! Immy and Isla had a wonderful trip. They are super lucky to have you guys xx

Poppy had a fantastic time, thank you for making childhood memories with our children ?

Thank you, Oliver has had a great time sleeping with sharks ???

Thanks for an amazing trip – Bosley has a fabulous time and is full of beans telling us all about it. Thanks for giving up your time for them all to experience such wonderful things x

Thomas had a brilliant time, thanks x

William had an amazing time thank you ! ?? xx

Thank you once again for giving them an amazing experience. Ripley and Dexter had a great time. ?

Thank you so much – Max & Holly had a lovely time


Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls