Last week Scouts from Swift, Chapman troops at the 4th and 9th Sevenoaks Scouts took their summer camp at the Kent International Jamboree (KIJ) at the Kent County Showground in Detling.
What is KIJ
Kent International Jamboree is an activity camp for scouts from around the world in the heart of Kent. With over 3,500 young people from coming together to take part in activities and celebrate scouting.
A Jamboree is an opportunity and an experience like no other. Most Scouts and Guides get to experience many different forms of nights away experiences but a Jamboree, whether it’s a local, national or international Jamboree is the kind of camp that will live with them forever.
Our planned microlighting session during camp unfortunately had to be cancelled. After a quick reassessment of our weekend, we decided to relocate the camp to Hamlet Wood scout campsite near Maidstone.
The camp was a patrol camp, with scouts doing just about all the catering for the whole weekend, including cooking for leaders!
We tried a somewhat different menu for a change.
Supper: Sausage-in-a-bun, hot chocolate
Breakfast: Full English (choice of egg, beans, mushrooms, bacon, sausage, toast/eggy-bread)
Lunch: Chicken or haloumi fajitas followed by campfire doughnuts
Dinner: Spaghetti, tomato sauce and meatballs and pineapple fritters for desert
Sunday Breakfast: Breakfast burritos
Eleven o’clock snack: Smores
We did manage to squeeze some activities in-between the cooking and eating – we threw tomahawks, ran a catapult shooting gallery (only tin cans and chickpeas were hurt) and ran some wide games.
We have masses of photos and videos – there are a sample below but you can view them all in the shared album
Both scout troops have been away on Christmas Camp, which was held at Waylands Scout Camp nr South Street.
We tried out two battery powered spit-roasts which we fitted to our altar fires for the first time. We gave them a work out with Turkey for the Christmas dinner on Saturday and roast pork in a bun on Sunday.
Apart from eating we managed to fit in some seasonal activities
Rope swing making
Christmas tree making
We also managed to invest two new scouts! but we forgot to take photos
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.