Scout Summer Camp to Thorrington

This year’s summer camp was to Thorrington Scout Campsite near Colchester in Essex.

Overall, the weather was slightly damper than usual, but the occasional shower didn’t stop us doing anything – although you will see from the photos, Carl did end up building a roof over the fire!


Over the course of the week on camp we

  • Battled the 3D maze
  • Campsite orienteering
  • Challenged each other on a really good assault course across the bottom of a valley
  • Wide games
  • One of our favourite games on the site was rounders, there were some good fields although we did have to call it a night a couple of times when it got too dark to see the ball properly
  • A hike round Brightlingsea island, with en-route blackberry snacks and a fish and chip lunch at the end
  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Aqua park with giant inflatables
  • Giant table football
  • Air rifle shooting
  • Raft building and water fight
  • Trip to the seaside for a paddle and a game of crazy golf
  • Bouldering wall
  • Camp fire karaoke, singing less traditional campfire songs


As you know and arm (of scouts) runs on its stomach and food was an important part of camp. During the week we made and ate

  • Chicken fajitas
  • Strawberries and cream (twice!)
  • Hot chocolate
  • Home made minestrone soup
  • Spit-roast beef and roast potatoes with onion gravy
  • Campfire chocolate bananas and oranges
  • Porridge
  • Full cooked breakfast
  • Eggy bread
  • Pasta and meatballs
  • Leek and potato soup
  • Chicken curry
  • Home made blackberry sponge with blackberry coulis and custard
  • Camp doughnuts
  • Ice cream
  • Sausages and potato wedges
  • Pancakes
  • Omelette and toast
  • Lunchtime cheesy-pasta
  • Sponge pudding and custard
  • Breakfast burritos
  • Packed lunches
  • Pineapple fritters
  • Pitta breads and kebabs
  • Swiss roll with more custard
  • Individual dirty nachos with chilli and cheese

A huge thank you to everyone for taking part and making it a memorable week, especially the leaders for taking time off work.