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Christmas Camp 2017

We survived the freezing conditions over the weekend for our ‘Christmas’ Camp at Kingswood Grosvenor Hall in Ashford.

On the first evening we all went to the huge gym to play a few games in an attempt meet our group leader, Finn, and to burn off some energy.

Before bed time one of our scouts decided to see if the smoke detectors could really be triggered by an aerosol, as we had been warned (spoiler: yes).  We had a fire alarm drill….

Saturday and Sunday saw us split into four groups and rotate around the following activities:

  • Leap of Faith (climb up a 10m pole then throw yourself off in the direction of a trapeze
  • Archery
  • Obstacle course – circular course with challenging things to do
  • Laser tag – either inside or outside
  • Nightline – maze games while blindfolded
  • 3G swing – be hauled up to 10m before being dropped on a giant swing. It is 3g as you experience 3g at the bottom.
  • Problem solving – team brain games
  • Jacobs ladder – in pairs, climb up a ‘ladder’ where the rungs are increasingly far apart
  • Ariel runway – huge zipline

The full album is posted on our Facebook Page in the Christmas 2017 Album

Scouts go Microlighting

The scouts went camping at Old Hay Airstrip at the weekend. It is tucked away down some very narrow roads about 10mins from Paddock Wood in Kent.

On arriving, it took everyone right until late supper to get the tents up, but there was a wonderful moon as we all retired to a well-deserved night’s sleep (all I can say is the leaders slept well).

This was the first greenfield camp that many of the scouts had done, so there was lots of basics to cover (pitching tents, altar fires, wet pits, chemical loos, cooking for themselves, washing up).

Apart from the basics, we managed to cover knife skills – the scouts (and the cub and beaver) produced many good tent pegs and some fair attempts at cutlery. We all had an archery session c/o Carl and an enormous camp fire c/o Donald, complete with s’mores.

The catering worked out well this camp; the menu included a traditional scouting breakfast, hearty chicken stew, chocolate cake and custard, pancakes and lots of hot chocolate.

The main event was microlighting.  As usual when doing anything to do with flight, we spent the whole weekend looking at the weather.  On Saturday only three scouts got to fly before it was blown out, but on Sunday they managed to get all the scouts apart from the last three up in the air.  Overall though we had some great weather (too much sun was a problem rather than too little), it was just a bit blowy.

A big thank you to the Lee and Tony from Kent Scouts Air Activity Team

Scouts go Crazy!

crazycampingThe scouts held a crazy camping night at the end of September.

After considering options from hanging a tent from a tree, camping on a rope bridge as well as several involving water, the troop decided to build a ‘camping penthouse’ using their pioneering skills.

The platform was surprisingly stable, but a little bit uncomfortable for daily use.

The sleepover was a first-time sleeping under the stars for five of the scouts, and fortunately the weather was as good as we could have hoped for.

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Successful Camping Skills Weekend

We have just got back from a really successful camping skills weekend.

The programme was on Saturday

  • Tent pitching school
  • Flag break and investitures
  • Axe and saw training
  • Lunch (always popular)
  • Cooking Competition
  • Cake break
  • Wide game – man hunt including the new occasional game ‘shoe hunt’
  • Camp fire with cocoa and doughnuts
  • Sleep!

The menus our teams cooked in the competition were

Stags: Homemade tomato soup / Chicken curry with rice and flat breads / Grilled bananas with chocolate filling

Foxes: Kebabs made with chicken, red peppers, onion and mushrooms / spaghetti with tomato sauce with meatballs and cheese / pancakes topped with fresh fruit

On Sunday, after an early start as the clocks had sprung forward

  • Cooked breakfast
  • Strike camp
  • Tracking
  • Home in time for lunch

The scouts did very well and all enjoyed, what was for many of them, their first camp as scouts.  Maggie and Natasha did an excellent job as  patrol leaders too.

See what we did at Bears Wood

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After a surprisingly short journey squashed into the minibus, we arrived at Bears Wood campsite on the outskirts of Croydon on a chilly Friday evening.

There was some initial shock at just how cold it was inside the hut during flag-break and investitures, but the scouts warmed up after they explored the whole site with a game of capture the flag. They were welcomed back to much warmer hall by a roaring fire and mugs of hot chocolate.

One good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast later, we faced the outside. I think they describe the weather on Saturday as ‘wintery’ – waterproofs were going to be required!

First two activities were mini quads and bungee-run.

After lunch, the scouts tried the trust wall – where one scout traversed each side of a climbing wall, where each ‘hold’ could only be used on one side of the wall at a time; the assault course and the blind trail (one scout attached to a guide rope, the others blindfolded carrying cups of water).

The whole group played laser-tag until it got dark, before retreating to the hut for some impromptu fort-building in the hall and sock-drying in front of the fire.

Christmas dinner for 23

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We held a Camp Carol-fire round their splendid terraced camp fire circle before topping-up with mince pies and hot chocolate.

Sunday arrived with brilliant blue skies, so after breakfast we went out for a mini orienteering course before even more mince pies, silly games, secret santa and striking camp.

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Good bye until next year!