2020 has been a disastrous year, not just for IMC events but also for hills and scouting activities in general:
For the first time ever IMC were forced to cancel a trip in advance – our ever-popular winter trip to North Wales in February – because of the atrocious weather forecast. A very wise decision as it turned out.
A month later, the COVID-19 lockdown was put in place and this put pay to the almost-as-popular long weekend trip at the end of May.
Although those restrictions are slowly being lifted, the situation is so fluid that it is impossible to make solid future plans. This, combined with The Scout Association's current position on camping and residential activities, means that we will not be able to offer our usual September trip either.
It would probably be the same situation for the Training & Assessment trip in November but it's all academic as the venue we had booked has cancelled all bookings until next year – as have the other scouts centres in the vicinity.
Of course there is nothing we can do to change what is a very frustrating situation for us all, but as the old saying goes: "the hills will still be there, and you can always try again another day".
So fingers-crossed for a more productive 2021.