This week the Cubs had great fun decorating cakes for Mothers Day.
The 2007 Summer Cub Camp took place at “Ferny Crofts” Scout Camp Site in The New Forest. This year due to restraints of leadership we opted for a smaller than usual camp but as they say quality rather than quantity, and as I approach the big 50 I’m beginning to appreciate an easier time. (I may also take this opportunity to point out that Sue will get there before me) We had 13 Cubs, 1 Explorer and 4 Leaders. To get around we hired 1 Mini Bus and a Luton Truck for the gear and Jane brought along her car just in case (more of that later).
Saturday – We had a reasonable trip down with 1 stop for lunch at Rownhams Service station on the M27. On arrival it was all hands on deck to erect the tents and set up camp. The campsite was a lot quieter as most groups had opted for camping at the start of the holiday. First nights on camp are always late and noisy, this was no exception.
Sunday – With the weather being so unpredictable this year we were expecting the worst but first light saw blue sky and the promise of some late summer warmth. John and Annett Sears from 2nd Ickenham dropped in for a visit and were soon joined by Mike and Angela Day (Mike is our Scout Leader if you weren’t aware). The boys eagerly awaited the afternoons Target Shooting but before that we had to explore the campsite. Whilst on our walk we collected stout pieces of branch which are christened “faithful sticks” some parents may have seen these appear on cubs return. The site has some ponds and a lot of water left over from our “Summer” Jack and Daniel Simpson were the first to test it. Mike and Angela never sit around and pitched in with the cooking (thank you) while I sat fettling them faithful sticks. I spent some time cutting and carving these things so don’t use them for firewood! After tea we set the fire up and the cubs entertained us with jokes. Its funny how the theme of the gags never changes from year to year.
Monday – Again another lovely start to the day. I wanted to show the Cubs how easy it is to cook on an open fire so with our guidance they had a full english cooked in the traditional fashion. All the proper techniques, no incinerated sausages or blackened billies! It being Bank Holiday Monday we decided to head off to a less populated beach at Lepe near Calshot Point. The tide and currents here are very strong so unsuitable for swimming, still you can still chuck stones at Ben for entertainment. As with most evenings we were serenaded by owls and bitten to pieces by the mosquitoes. The squirrels were almost extinct but were replaced with extremely tame Black birds and Song Thrushes who would fly into the tents for a quick feed.
Tuesday – I got up early most days just to enjoy the piece and quiet but it doesn’t last long and soon the boys were up and vocal, morning didn’t just break it got damaged irreparably. After breakfast we tripped off to Mudiford for a spot of crab fishing. Unfortunately I reckon someone told the crabs because our catch was to say the least disappointing. The tide went out revealing large pools and a pebble free beach, time to kick sand in Akelas face. Then back to camp for tea, campfire and story. That’s how we like to do it…fun, food and scare the hell out of them!
Wednesday – By Wednesday the boys kit was looking a little disorganised so a full kit inspection was necessary. After some investigation it appeared that most of the cubs were washing and changing, either that or they were very convincing fibbers, they even told me they had a shower. When all was packed away we went off to Moor Valley Country Park and time to get rid of some energy. Then back to camp for a late evening meal. After a short rest we embarked on our manhunt for Ben who had hidden himself somewhere on the site, too good I might add as they never found him!
Thursday – We had a continental Breakfast because we were on site at 9 AM for Archery, Wall climbing and Abseiling. The climbing is quite testing and all the boys had a go. In the afternoon we were off out again to visit The Otter and Owl Sanctuary. They had, as you would expect rather a lot of otters and owls and of course a shop where weaker souls can indulge in a spot of retail therapy. With time to spare we drove to Southampton to see “Transformers”. At nearly 3 hours long it’s an epic of noise and mayhem, ideal for kids. The day wasn’t over quite yet so time for a McDonalds. (none for the leaders because they won’t eat their take away later)
Friday – Nearly there now but still time for another trip out. We loaded up again and set forth to Beaulieu Museum. I took a lot of pictures and Steve should have posted them by now. The high light was interacting with the Lord and Lady, The Maid, The Butler and also a Bobby. Lord Beaulieu even got them singing round the piano. (They’re not real just actors you know). So very tired and money all spent we returned to camp.
Saturday – No problem with the weather and all dry tents for the 18th consecutive year… sorted! It was a short journey home but not without some drama. We had to leave Jane and Sue at Fleet Services because her car didn’t want to go home. So if you missed them they were drinking coffee and chatting up two AA men! To sum up…….The weather…..Dry and sunny all week who would have thought it after this summer of ours. The cubs ….small in numbers but BIG in personalities, parents you know what I mean. Will we do it again? …..Probably if my body holds out for another year. Many thanks to all my leaders who gave their time to make it happen. The End
Mike Payen Akela
2005 Summer Cub Camp took place at “Buddens” near Wareham in Dorset. Traditionally Cub camps have been well attended and this year was no exception. We had 25 Cubs, 5 scouts and 1 Beaver attending with 10 Leaders and I helper. To get around we hired 3 Mini Buses and a 7 tonne Truck for the gear.
Saturday – We had an easy trip down with a stop for lunch at a country park near Ringwood. On arrival it was all hands on deck to erect the tents and set up camp. The campsite was quite busy with some 14 groups camping. I think we needed a bigger site but once every thing was in place it looked…. well cosy. First nights on camp are always late and noisy this was no exception.
Sunday – Despite paying or was that praying for good weather, the dry spell came to an end and Sunday was mostly wet. Fed up looking at the weather we decided to get out in it and went to Tynham (the village that stood still) Then a short ride over to Lulworth cove to throw stones at the seagulls, turn over rocks and torment any sea life that remained on shore! We returned to camp for tea. The camp backed on to a wooded area, which the boys made full use of. I don’t know what they did in there but they never came back clean.
Monday – Again another dull day so while we were waiting for Graham and Sue to come back from shopping we had a quiz. The last question was a decider. Could the cubs name and pronounce all the leaders full names. Sounds easy but it took nearly 25 minutes to get it right. After the marathon quiz we tripped off to “Monkey World” where suprisingly they had monkeys. The high light of the day came when one of the orang-utans managed to break an electric fence. In his hurry to fix the situation a keeper had slipped and cut his face and so without the relevant facts rumours of killer Monkeys abounded nothing to do with Akela of course. Then back to camp for tea and ping pong etc.
Tuesday – By this time the tents were looking a little dishevelled and a quick kit tidy was necessary. The resulting photo looks like the scene from a plane crash site! Not deterred by the weather we set to lunch in a “Backwoods” style. Burgers, onions, tomatoes, trout, chocolate in bananas and not all in that order. In the evening we went to see “The Incredible Four” and incredibly the leaders stayed awake.
Wednesday – We thought it was about time that we explored our site so off we walked. Akela introduced the cubs to “Faithful sticks”. You may have noticed these items amongst their kit. A faith full stick has many uses….moving nettles caring a rubbish bag etc but boys being boys need I say more. The weather oh I wont go on about that we just got on with it, I suppose. So off we went to Mudiford for a spot of crab fishing. This was one of the most popular things we did. Then back to camp for tea and later Ghost Stories (not too scary mind)
Thursday – During the week we ran a tuck shop but a camp is never complete without the ritual blood let known as retail therapy. Poole was the answer to our needs. After lunch we decided to opt for the indoor pool rather than the beach (it never got hot enough). The pool had an excellent range of diving boards, I’m a big woose but some of them cubs have no fear. Mark was the only leader to get a telling off for jumping instead of diving tut tut. Then home to a nice portion of chips and chicken burgers. The leaders were flagging so a takeaway rounded the day off nicely. A dry night and we actually saw the stars.
Friday – Nearly there now but still time for activities. The cubs had a go at Archery between full kit inspection. I can only say that some of you will have virtually no washing to do. How is it possible to only use 1 set of underwear all week? I won’t go there. So in the after noon we went to “Honeybrook Farm”. Don’t bother with the animals where’s the adventure play ground and shop!. Seriously it was a lovely place well worth the visit. Shame we couldn’t stay longer but we had to go off to the Dogs. We got some funny looks but hey we had been on camp for 6 days it’s difficult to look your best!
Saturday – Will it or wont it. The Scouts in Bude were washed out and it looked as if we were headed that way but someone up there likes us and the Sun came out just long enough to de camp. All dry tents for the 16th consecutive year… sorted!
To sum up…….The weather….. below par. The cubs ….challenging I will say no more. Would we do it again …..of course we will because were stupid. Many thanks to all my leaders who gave there time to make it happen.
Mike Payen Akela
We all met up on Friday at 9.30 PM just after Scouts. The Sleepover was as usual a joint effort between 2nd Uxbridge and Perseverance Cubs. So that’s 33 kids and 6 adults with some occasional help from other leaders and parents. After the cubs had settled down we kitted up and began our night hike. The route took us over the common to the river Frays then along the Grand Union Canal and up through the golf course. Akela did his usual history talk as we walked…. Yawn! No lectures please Akela! We had a short break at the Golf course car park for some refreshment and then the final mile home to the hut. We were lucky with the weather, dry but very cold. Graham had been busy cooking some sausages which were devoured double quick. Then to bed if not to sleep. The boys were pretty tired and most were a kip by 1.30 am (I think that’s a record) in previous years we’ve been up till 5.30!
Breakfast on Sat was the full Monty …. Cereals, eggs any way you want, bacon, beans, eggy bread and tomatoes etc. After a short kick around out side (football that is) the boys started their Badgework. We opted for the “Entertainers Badge” and we gave them some ideas. We ended up with plays using wooden spoon puppets. The titles were as follows: The Rebel Chickens, Akelas Revenge, Animal Hospital, The Electric Boots, The Garden Monster, Robbery in Uxbridge. I thought that with that range of titles we should get mixed entertainment. Strangely it all boiled down to general spoon on spoon violence, odd children!
After evening meal we watched some DVD s and by 10.00 PM they all went to sleep (result!)
On Sunday it was rise and shine early because we were off to the London Eye and Belfast. Boy that is one big hamster wheel! Worth the wait to get on although we were very cold. After the wheel we took the tube to The Belfast and had our lunch. The leaders needed hot coffee if only to warm their hands up!. Refuelled we boarded the Ship and the cubs began to explore. Unable to either start, move or scupper the ship we proceeded to the shop to blow I mean carefully spend their pocket money, some boys even went home with some change…. Very odd!
Then home again and back to Mum, Dad and a hot bath for the leaders.
A success as usual we had no homesickness in fact a few of the boys wanted to stay longer. Thanks to all who came along, it’s always pleasure organizing this event with so much help. Summer Camp is not far away!
2004 Summer Cub Camp took place on the Isle Of Wight at Corf Camp near Yarmouth. Traditionally Cub camps have been well attended and this year was no exception. We had 29 Cubs attending with 9 Leaders. To get around we hired 3 Mini Buses and a 7 tonne Truck for the gear. As you can see from the photos Corf was very picturesque with a tidal pool populated with all manner of bird and insect life not that the cubs had much time for sitting around watching. Activities ranged from Jousting at Carrisbrook Castle to a day on the Farm not to mention Abseiling and shopping trips in Yarmouth and Cowes to spend their pocket money! Check out the photo of Tom and Adam in the trek cart. I told them that discipline would be harsh! Weather? well yes we had weather all right I blame Graham (the Bopit King). Sunday was about the warmest so we went swimming at Colwell Bay. Let’s just say that after that the weather tested us and our tents… most nights! A big hello to all that were there and if you wern’t there is always next year. Mike Payen C.S.L.