Our Summer Camp this year will be at Stock Park,Newby Bridge. Emma will attempt to update as much as signal allows, and please feel free to leave as many embarrassing comments as you wish! See you Sunday!
We made great timing this morning, we made it to site and managed to put up the marquees before the heavens opened! We worked in the rain today but all are in high spirits. We have set up all our tents, as well as a few activities for tomorrow ready for parents day. We had spag bol for tea with pie and cream for puddings! All made and washed up by the scouts! We are currently gathered round the campfire for a hot chocolate and biscuit before bed. Hopefully see most of you tomorrow!
What a fabulous afternoon we had on our parents afternoon – thankyou for everyone who came to see us And luckily the weather stayed off for us! For all those who couldn’t make it, I took some pictures for you!
Tonight our original plan (after a BBQ tea) was to build our Bivis (a makeshift shelter), however the rain that was in kirkham this morning descended about 7pm, so we retreated into the warm mess tent, to play some games alongside a hot chocolate. The older ones are currently prepping for their Expedition, using tranjeas to cook on and setting up their tents ready.
First day of activities, so we started this morning with cereal and and English breakfast. All slept well and are eating well too! Today we are splitting into three groups, all creating a bivi (an emergency sleeping shelter), sailing and canoeing..including capsizing! The sun is shining and I’m currently writing this on the raft watching two groups in the sun! Will update later with our Fajita tea!!
Tuesday – or should we call it rain day?
This morning we said goodbye to our older ones who were going off on their expedition! They were split into two groups, and over Tuesday and Wednesday were completing four activities; sailing, kyacking, walking and biking. They were staying overnight at Wray Castle at the top of the Lake District where they are cooking their own meals, pitching their own tents and sleeping overnight. I’ve been told that despite Benedicts flat tire they made it in one piece and survived the night! Here are some of the last pictures of the older ones, in case they are never seen again parents I thought you would appreciate them in their boats setting off!
The younger ones went up Gummers How this morning, then proceeded to make fires to cook their tea of Pizza and Jacket Potatos on. As you can see, those and the chocolate bananas went down well!! Like I said before it was quite rainy so we also had a few games inside rather than getting too wet. We had a quick go on the zip wire and a campfire before an early night!
Some pictures of the view at the top of Gummers How, where the younger ones went on their walk, and a picture of them on top of Gummers How from the campsite.
Older ones have survived the night and are now on their way back completing the activities. The younger ones have just finished their breakfast and inspection. For those who don’t know we have inspection every morning, where the Scouts lay out their kit so we can see how much they have left, and we also check that their pots and dishes are clean, and their cooking areas and tents are tidy. These get ‘marked’ and the points added up to get a total at the end of each inspection- to win the inspection penant- and then to a added to a week long total. These are the younger ones looking proud of their areas this morning.
First it was axe, saws and stove work, then shower and hair wash time! I must admit – seeing Anna using an foot air bed pump as a hair dryer really was a highlight!
We then took them out on Crazy golf – where Kenyon was been sacked because she was too good! Despite more of the wet stuff we still managed an ice cream on the way home!
Older ones are back- -and despite some slightly undercooked pasta they have all survived! Time for tea, shooting/archery/geocaching and then a fire and to read all the 26 comments we have tonight! Thank you so much for sharing them all, we love reading them and look forward to it each night (and all the embarrassing names our scouts are called behind closed doors!!)
Gosh today we have been busy! Early start and full breakfast again before a round of shooting/archery/geocaching…Aiden was rubbish and we nearly sent out a distress flare to get him back but luckily all was well and (unfortunately) we found him.
We then had a quick competition to win some points with patrols fighting for the swing-ball champion (Daisy and Rhys) jousting horse champion (Aiden) and giant Jenga champion (Sam) – all adding up to the final scores to be announced tomorrow!
A quick dinner before rushing to Brockholes for an afternoon, where Benedict, Ruth, Jenni, Joseph and Sam all braved the skies on the sunniest afternoon we have had to complete the ‘Tree Top Trek’.
The rest of us went orienteering around the site and I’m glad to say that Aiden was slightly better! However Rhys’ pencil mysteriously broke so he had to go round with other people! Strange how that happens…
The even better thing about Brockholes is you can see the majority of the orienteering points and the trek from a lovely cafe up at the top…that do very nice scones!!
After that was a final jump of the raft and a bit of a wash, and then had chippy tea (we are not that predictable surely Mrs Parker?!?) but unfortunately the heavens opened so we had to have it inside rather than our ‘table with a view’ like we normally do!!
After a pudding of pie and ice-cream we started dismantelling camp…:(
As I’m writing this a few games are being played before a campfire, and because they have worked so hard today we have given the Scouts a treat of a lie in until 8.00 tomorrow!! Night night!
Our last day!! We have been putting down all the equipment today and because we got lots done we managed to have a few hours in Bowness this afternoon. We announced our Camp winners tonight. The Winners of the games trophy was Hawk, led by Joseph. The winners of the orienteering/geo-caching trophy was Hawk, led by Joseph. The winners of the archery/shooting trophy was Falcon, led by Sam . And the winners of the overall Camp trophy was Hawk, Led by Joseph! Well done to all the scouts this year, especially the PLs, who despite two of them having never been on a summer Camp before, they have really excelled.
We also announced our ‘Above and Beyond’ award- awarded to a scout who this Camp has gone above and beyond what we would expect of them. This particular scout has kept spirits high, organised everyone as well as bringing a smile on her face to everything she does..well done Daisy!
Time for a final campfire before bed. Get your washing machines ready and your baths run…we stink!!!
We shall get at approximately 11am tomorrow to unpack. Many hands will made light work if anyone can help!