This year our Summer Camp will be at Stott Park Estate for a week. For those that remember, we stayed here last year, we are just camping on a slightly different campsite! We are meeting at the hut at 7pm on Friday (25th) to pack the van, if you have packed already it would be great for you to bring your kit up then. All scouts have been given a kit list, there are more copies in the hut if they are needed. On Saturday we are meeting at 9am. As per usual, we are having a parents afternoon on the Sunday, all are welcome!
We arrived in good time this morning, a good trip up, and some lovely weather to put up the tents. It took us a while, but we did it properly! We played a few games and started setting things up for tomorrow, including an Aerial runway (Zipwire!!).
Hi all! Sorry for the late update, my fault! Internet up here is very temperamental, so please bare with me! Expect a big post when I do get all sorted though. We all had a fab time at parents afternoon, thanks to everyone who came. It didn’t rain too much, and the BBQ went down a treat. Just got back from a lovely walk Gummers How, and now all the scouts are just playing a few games. I have a hot chocolate and biscuits here waiting for them and then we are heading up to a campfire to end the evening. Hope everyone got home safe and well, and catch up with you (hopefully) tomorrow!! Arron wanted to let you know that he managed it up mum, and we are all very proud! He is over the moon!!
A very busy day today, first with all the activities going! I was with the younger ones all day, we went to grizedale park and did some orienteering, apologies to any mums (including my own!!) we got some very muddy pants from a particularly slippery path! Picnic lunch back near the van and off to do some biking. Both activities did really well, all of them loved it, and very proud of them! The others did some archery, sailing and bivis today, and all are buzzing with excitement! For part of your chief scout gold badge from scouts, you have to build a bivi, and sleep in it before the end of your time in scouts. The bivis we make are using a sheet of tarpaulin and some string, and just using nature, trees and stones etc to make some shelter for the night. Most the scouts are out there now as I write this, hoping that their work is waterproof! We have had a night activity of some more of the above, and then a couple of games, before our first successful campfire (Last nights was rained off!) and bed! We wanted an early night tonight as it all starts again with lots of activities tomorrow! They are loving the comments, which we read out round the campfire, the soppy ones even more so. All are well, having a brilliant time and the leaders are very impressed with their maturity and get up and go positive attitude! Time for a biscuit and bed now I think, I will check in with you tomorrow!
We have some tired campers this morning! But all the bivis held up well. Cereals, Spam, spaghetti hoops and waffles for breakfast, inspection after where kestrel won with 31 points. For those who don’t know we have inspection every morning, this is where all the scouts wash up and sort their areas, their tent, their personal kit, themselves and all their kitchen utensils. The leaders mark them out of ten on each areas, to make sure they are all washing, eating well and looking after their kit. Bit of a manic morning, the older ones of patrol leaders and assistant patrol leaders have all gone to Grizdale forest this morning to do some biking. I have the middle aged ones with on doing some geocaching around site, and the young ones are currently out on the water doing some sailing. It’s only slightly raining here but not too bad at all! It is 10.45, and next I am starting lunch! 25 hungry scouts = a lot of sandwiches!!!!
Mrs Bilsborough, no scones as of yet! We are working on it though! 😉
Arrons mum, I will sort that out no problem!
This was the result of my lunch making skills! Some of us had a picnic, and the rest stayed on site and did some geo-caching with Geoff. The rest of us went orienteering, with the patrol leaders going onto go ape! All of which loved it! Even if we did all get some messy clothes from not landing too elegantly on the zip wires! Jack says ‘Go-ape was great, a first time for everyone and we all really enjoyed it. The zip wires were the best!!’.
Tonight the last lot are doing bivis, some archery and the oldest geo caching. We will have time for a wide game tonight and then a campfire, but we are all very tired! (Connor fell asleep on a bench at tea, he reports it’s not very comfy!!)
Arrons mum this is Arron just for you at about 9pm tonight, proof he doesn’t melt when having his photo taken 😉
Up, packed lunch, off and out the door on a hike! All patrols are out on their own, led by their patrol leader, going off for about a three miles walk around the local area. Geoff has gone off to meet them all at the lunch spot. We are currently waiting for them all to return! I took pictures of them all for you to see them one last time/show to the police when we file missing persons reports!
Back, and no one got too lost! One patrol went forwards and backwards a few times, but nothing too bad! It was very funny watching the GPS trackers following them. Then we went more or less straight into making tea. We made tea tonight on open fires and on some rocket stoves (stoves powered by wood). The scouts worked hard as patrols to get the fires started with only three matches, and keeping it maintained. We had chicken fajitas, jacket potatoes and chocolate bananas. Best tea so far in my eyes, and it’s been so tasty all week!!
After that we were all a bit mucky, so into the lake we all went, shampoo and a good wash for all and we smell a lot better!! All warmed up now playing a few games, having a campfire an a hot chocolate. They all love your comments, we gather around every night and read them, trying to guess who the comment is for. We are having a competition of who gets the most embarrassing kisses. Charlotte thanks for your message, we miss you lodes! Hope your having a lovely time pomme frite!
Today we had a lie in (til 8am!!) woo!! Sausages, beans, cereals and waffles for breakfast as per usual went down a treat. This morning we had some free time, some of us did some sailing, and others did the aerial runway. Someone (cough Jack) may or may not have broken the rescue boat (depends who asks!). Lunch was a treat of pot noodles, and then competition afternoon started. The scouts had s number of tasks to complete in their patrols, and the better they did it, the more points they got towards the competition day trophy. Then we had three areas with three different challenges; including an slippy slope, where the scouts have to get as much water into a bucket at the top of the hill on a bungee; a cross country cycle challenge; and a elephant egg trail, where scouts have to work as a team whilst blindfolded to negotiate a trail and rescue a valuable ‘elephant egg’ (a water carrier). The evening was topped off with a chippy tea in front of the lake and some after dinner speeches, marked for points by the leaders. We had the final challenges after tea, before hopefully a campfire, if it stops raining!…(-and pouring!!!)
It held off! We had a lovely campfire tonight with lots of singing. One of the Scouts dad had made us two camp candles to burn, which turned out beautiful! Thankyou Mr Shelliker!
Rainrainrainrainrain! But we didn’t let it get us down, today has been lovely. All the scouts have pulled together and despite the awful weather they have been singing and dancing all day long. After putting away some kit this morning, this afternoon we spent in Bowness, having a wander and tea out. Back to site and packing some more into the wagon, before a last swim in the lake and couple of games. Such a good end to the week, I just wish it wasn’t so wet! All your children have done you so proud, thank-you to every one of them for letting us leaders have such a good camp! Make sure your washing machines have an early night, it’s going to be a busy day tomorrow!
Even tired the leaders out!!
PLEA FOR HELP!!!
So it didn’t stop raining, in fact it got worse! We have done our best and got some of the kit down ready for tomorrow, we will be back around 11am and then have an hour of putting away. If any strong (and handsome…but that’s just for me!) men are available, we have lots of wet canvas which needs to be hung up in the hut. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
A BIG THANKYOU
To everyone who turned up to help us sort out the canvas yesterday, many hands really did make light work. The tents are drying out nicely in the stores now.
Below is the video that the Scouts made for the leaders as a thankyou for all their work in the week. It requires a password to view, due to its content. If you would like the password, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email address, and I will email it out to you.
ITS FINALLY HERE!! The summer camp video 2014, Enjoy!!!