Today's news, tomorrow’s lesson - Flames spark the start of preparations for the Paralympic Games

Four teams of Scouts have scaled the heights of the UK’s highest peaks to light flames as part of a 24-hour relay ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games.

Today's news, tomorrow’s lesson - 22 August

Flames spark the start of preparations for the Paralympic Games


Four teams of Scouts have scaled the heights of the UK’s highest peaks to light flames as part of a 24-hour relay ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games.

A group from Northern Ireland were the first to light their flame at the peak of Slieve Donard on Wednesday morning. Their flame will be joined by others lit on the peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon; the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales respectively.

The flames will be placed in a miner’s lantern and taken to the capital of each of the four countries. They will then be used to light cauldrons as part of Paralympic celebrations taking place over the bank holiday weekend. The Paralympic Games will start on Wednesday 29 August.

Scouts spokesman Andrew Thorp said that the movement was very excited to be involved with the Paralympics, and added that he felt the association was apt: “If there's one thing Scouts are known for it’s for lighting flames and having adventures.”

Questions for discussion


For primary:

  • If you were asked to plan a Paralympic torch relay, how would you design it? What would the torch look like? How would you light it? Which places would be on the route?
  • Are you a Scout or member of another group outside of school? What do you enjoy about it?

For secondary:

  • Why is it important that the Paralympic games exist?
  • Do you think the Scouts are a good choice to carry the flame? Why/why not?


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