Scout Leader, Arthur "Clover" Garlic, was rapped yesterday for losing his entire troop of scouts.
The 3 and 1/3rd Lytham St Annes troop in the Fylde district were out on an orienteering course to earn their Homing Pigeon badges, however, only one returned, and he by sheer chance apparently.
The thirty scouts had been taken into the middle of the Peak District national park and given a map and a compass. In an effort to save money, Garlic had bought thirty compasses from a well known high street pound shop. All of the compasses pointed in different directions from one another, which should have told Garlic something was wrong.
The scouts were released into the wild, with the instructions on getting to Kinder Scout, ironically.
Seven days later, one scout made it, bedraggled, dehydrated and wanting his mummy. Apparently, he had located Kinder Scout by climbing every hill he could, until he located an adult, and then begged shelter. He had lost all the other scouts at various points, as their compasses demanded that they were not heading in the correct direction.
Search parties have been sent out in all directions now, as this will have been the direction that the scouts took.