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Kate Middleton did not shy away from an outdoor adventure with the Scouts despite heavy snow and freezing conditions.

Wrapped up in a khaki coat, a matching woollen hat and a Scout neckchief, the Duchess of Cambridge joined in a volunteer training event at the Scout Association's centre in Cumbria.

Kate arrived at the Great Tower Scout Activity Centre and was greeted by around 20 other volunteers to learn the skills she needs as a helper at her local Scout Group in North Wales.

The Duchess joined in with cooking dough twists over an open fire and was given a tour of the facility by the activity centre manager, Asa Gurden.

A spokesman for the Scouts Association said Kate would be learning how to light fires, 'backwards cooking' - without pots or pans - and climbing safety procedures.

She was supposed to get involved in the climbing herself, but being five months pregnant, the spokesman told IBTimes UK her feet "will remain firmly on the ground".

Kate last visited the Scouts in January last year, when she ran games, taught first aid and helped with cooking and campfires.

Chief scout Bear Grylls said: "The Duchess has an incredibly busy life, which makes it all the more inspiring that she has chosen to volunteer alongside us.

"Over the last few years it has been our mission to make it easier for adults who volunteer with us to give as much or as little as they are able - it is how we change our society: many people doing a little bit."


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