This year’s Christmas Camp was held at Broadstone Warren, just outside Forest Row in East Sussex.
Weather was a lot warmer than last year, but the 16mm of rain made things fairly damp.
After a scout survey, we went for a climbing heavy programme. It included
Christmas Quiz – which team of scouts (or leaders) will triumph in a festive quiz. The leaders only get to answer questions that the scouts have missed.
Crate stacking – the scouts see how high can get as a stack of milk crates is built under them
Abseiling – scouts descend the side of the 12m climbing tower on a rope
Tunnels – the scouts explore a multi-room man-made underground tunnel system
Leap of faith – scouts climb up to a platform high above the forest floor and see if they can grab hold of a hanging bar several metres in front of them
Jacob’s Ladder – scouts climb up a ‘ladder’ of logs, each gap between logs getting further apart
Climbing – scouts pick a way up the side of the climbing tower
Silent disco – scouts choose to listen to one of three
Christmas Carol-fire – a Christmas-themed sing-song round the camp fire
Festive campfire sketch – each of the five quiz-teams perform a campfire seasonal skit.
And no camp would be complete without everyone’s favourite activity (apart from complaining about the weather), eating!
This year featuring: Cooked breakfast, porridge, soup, sandwiches, Christmas dinner featuring spit-roast turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes and veggies followed by panettone or Christmas pudding and custard; camp doughnuts, more porridge, spit-roast pork and apple rolls and mince pies
A huge thank you to all the scouts, leaders and parents that helped make camp happen.
If this looks like something you would like to do, then you can join scouting too! As an adult or a young person.
Eight groups of scouts went out exploring on Friday evening, with a night navigation hike from locations across the district to Sevenoaks Weald.
Walking parties from 10th Sevenoaks (Weald), 9th Sevenoaks (Seal) and both Chapman and Swift troops from the 4th set out from locations stretching from Westerham to Shipbourne and navigated their way to the scout hut in Sevenoaks Weald.
Today was Monopoly Run “Live”, an event where 8000 players from Scouting and Guiding play a real time game of Monopoly across London.
This year 62 of us from Swift, Chapman and Seal Scout Troops, formed eight teams and ventured into central London to take part.
Eight hours and 38 kms of walking / tube rides / bus journeys, most of our teams had managed to visit every place on the standard Monopoly board.
Seven of our teams ended up in the same game – with the ‘Brave’ team (Nick, Robin, Holly. Caitlin, Clemmie, Lexie and Christopher) taking the crown. The one team out there competing with the public ‘The Influencers’ managed to come second in their game.