Group Camp 2013 [updated 3x]


This year we were blessed with some fantastic weather for camp.  The programme included the ShelterBox challenge for the cubs and scouts, and a visit to Chislehurst Caves for the beavers.

Update 3: Added more photos from the ShelterBox flickr feed and the commentary.

Cubs and Scouts and the ShelterBox Challenge

The cubs and scouts managed to get up in time to catch the 07:44 to London from Sevenoaks station, which was a major achievement in itself!

When we reached BP House in Kensington, teams were issued with large green ‘ShelterBox’ and a list of questions.  Teams had to go to identify each question grid-square on the map navigate there.  The challenge then was to work out the answer!  The questions varied from purely factual, to cryptic puzzles and physical challenges.  By lunchtime, teams of scouts had walked to Trafalgar Square (avoiding the rehearsal for Trooping of the Colour on the Mall), just in time to be issued with a second set of challenges for the return trip. The cub teams had a similar set of clues, but had less walking to do.

We all made it back to BP House five hours later, with sore feet and worn-out brains.  After some refreshment the Managing Director of ShelterBox presented the winning team in each category with an award.  Our scout teams didn’t trouble the podium, but two of our cub teams came a fantastic second and third.

Beavers visit Chislehurst Caves

The beavers visited Chislehurst Caves.  They were taken on a spooky tour to the depths of the caves where they experienced a supernatural visit by a ghostly presence!

We finished the Saturday evening with a huge campfire, with all of the Group in good singing voice.

Father Robin

Father Robin from St John’s Church visited us on Sunday morning and spoke about not making assumptions about the people around you and your environment.  One of the scout leaders narrowly escaped from an early lunch of meal-worms.


Here are some photos of group camp.  Click for bigger versions. Update: Video slideshows below!


Update 1: Added part one of the camp photos, including the cubs Shelterbox challenge.

Update 2: Added part two of the camp photos

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