This year the scouts travelled north, to Beaudesert Park in Staffordshire. It is a large woodland site in Cannock Wood. The scouts enjoyed a wide variety of activities including Via Ferrata in a disused quarry, Ice cream making, a night hike and even a day out at Alton Towers!
The weather was varied as ever on a scout camp, but mostly dry and sunny, with a few heavy showers and plenty of mud to boot. Despite this the scouts, many of whom this was their first summer camp, got stuck in and certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Special thanks go to Tony for shuttling us all over the place with the Minibus, despite not actually camping with the scouts.
This year’s summer camp took place at Ferny Crofts Scout activity centre.
The week started well with weather staying very pleasant for us to set up our tents. This was after we had to wait an hour to get onto the campsite! Saturday is a busy day for new arrivals, so we sat and had our lunches whilst the congestion went down.
Tents went up at a… leisurely pace and by the time they were done everyone was ready for some food. The standard of cooking was very good throughout the week, especially considering the number of scouts who were on their first camp.
Our first rain arrived on Monday, and it really let us know it was there! By the end of Tuesday everybody had we clothes to deal with and we had to pick up and move a patrol tent after its former location was suddenly below the water level! Another patrol tent was protected by some hasty digging to create a deep soakaway area. After the tents had been dealt with, our ever-energetic (and penguin-loving) young leaders set to work in the drying tent. It was a thankless task, with 4 gas burners being used to get the inside hot and dry out kit, but over the next 24 hours they rotated wet clothes in and dry clothes out, so that everyone had dry clothes once again.
Among the activities of the week were a night hike, a cycle ride through the forest, rifle shooting, crate stacking and several others. The sun finally returned to us on our last day so that we could pack away mostly dry tents!! The journey home was uneventful and hopefully all the scouts went home happy and worn out (I know us leaders did!)
Over the weekend of the 27th to the 29th November 2009, Simeon ran a Christmas camp at Lees Wood Scout camp site. There were lots of activities and even a Christmas dinner with turkey and all the trimmings!
7 of our Scouts were joined by a Scout from 6th Hillingdon for Canoe Camp over the weekend of the 13th/14th June 2009. All the Scouts passed their Paddle Power Passport in glorious sunshine as you can see from the photo’s. Sroll down to find the video’s of the Scouts launching their kayaks down the slide straight into the River Thames.
Summer camp this year was the wettest in memory for all of us. This July had the greatest rainfall since records began in 1766. All the Scouts had a great time even so enjoying the many activities arranged which included horse riding and a visit to Alton Towers.
The Scouts arrived at Sandbanks in time to have their breakfast and board the 10.00 boat to Brownsea. The weather was perfect for the whole weekend and we camped on the same site as BP used 100 years ago! The activities were a little different but our Scouts enjoyed the camp just as much as BP’s did.
On Sunday 25th March 2007, 2nd Uxbridge entered a Patrol of Scouts in the District Indoor Cooking competition held at 1st Harefield HQ. There were just three Patrols entered and 2nd Uxbridge came second. Thanks very much to the Leaders at Harefield who organised and ran the competition and the Leaders from each Group who entered and supplied judges.
The Scouts Canoe Camp was held over the 1st and 2nd July 2006, the Scouts had a great time camping right next to the river Thames at Marlow and learing how to Kayak. The weather was very warm and sunny and everyone went home with a tan and a BCU 1 Star Kayak certificate.