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!)
This years Family Camp was held over the weekend of the 22nd, 23rd and 24th June 2012. Although there have been some changes amongst the Leaders everything was much as it usually was. Mark and Chris did a great job organising the camp and we had a very good new team running the catering. Thanks very much to everyone who helped make the weekend such a success.
The Explorers held went hiking on Dartmoor again this Easter. They had five groups walking with a fantastic total of 22 Explorer Scouts taking part in the hikes. Well done to all of them. We are lucky enough to have a few photo’s from their trip.
Another very successful family camp in glorious sunshine. We had the usual numbers of about 120 camping and this year, the Annual General Meeting was held at the camp. I am sure that you will agree a great time was had by all.
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!
14 Cubs went on Cub camp this year. They all had a great time and the weather was good too, as you can see from the photo’s.
We had another very successful Family Camp over the weekend of the 26th, 27th and 28th of June at Bears Rails Scout Camp in Windsor Great Park. We had glorious weather for all three days and everyone had a great time. We also held our Annual General Meeting at the camp and special thanks go to those people who volunteered to help to run the Group.
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.
The Explorers travelled down to Hampshire early in the morning on a very frosty but lovely and sunny day. As you can see the weather was perfect for hot air ballooning.
This year saw our numbers increase yet again with approximately 180 campers plus various day visitors etc. 2nd Uxbridge seems to get more popular every year.