• Jun
    18

    Its almost time for bed, the kids have been to a fantastic sounding camp fire and were all in good spirits when they left. Just enough time to have some supper before lights out.

    The end of the first full day and the judging starts bright and early for breakfast.

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  • Jun
    18

    Its getting close to 7.30 nearing the end of the first day and everyone is in high spirits. Most of the teams have finished their three course meals on the open fires and the last judging of the day ia almost complete. Its been a busy few hours with the teams dodging the showers to get the fires lit. Thankfully looking at the forecast we are due no more rain.

    The sun is setting behind the trees (yep we have seen the sun today). The last activity of the day is a giant camp fire with all the teams.

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  • Jun
    18

    Its almost time for dinner…. All the fires are crackling and the smells of dinner 2 minutes till judging. Shame about the rain came down heavily as fires were getting started.

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  • Jun
    18

    Its been a hard afternoon dodging the showers that keep coming across the site. Heavy rain for a few minutes and then the sun is back out.

    All the patrols have been hard at work chopping wood for their fires tonight to cook on. The gadgets are coming in thick and fast with just a few below.

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  • Jun
    18

    Lunch is just been judged as I type, its the second judging of the day after the site inspection this morning. Just as we were finishing our inspections of site 1 and 2 we saw a dining shelter in the middle of falling down on the other site of the site.

    Its been heavy showers on and off but thankfully the showers are really short. In between the showers its lovely with the sun out.

    All the lunch menus looking interesting and there are some good ideas for next year. Next judging is site layout and program implementation, after the washing up has been done for lunch of course.

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  • Jun
    18

    5 minutes till flag break and then its the first judging session of the weekend. Just one small shower so far this morning, we all have our fingers crossed that the weather will hold for the rest of day. All the teams have had there breakfasts and are in high spirits. There is a gentle sound of malleting in the air.

    Thankfully no one this year was malleting at 5am 🙂 but one patrol was awake at 4am thinking it was time to get up!!!

    Site inspection is the first judging of the weekend checking their sleeping and storage tents. The sun has just come out for flag break.

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  • Jun
    17

    Its the end of day one at pulborough all the sites are up and thankfully the rain held off from 8pm to allow all the tents to go up in the dry.

    The 15th team did a fantastic job pitching all there canvas really fast and really really well.

    Fingers crossed for the forecast tomorrow. The judging starts at 10.15 after breakfast. Good luck to our team.

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  • Jun
    5

    Friday 27th May saw eight scouts and three leaders leave Baddesley for a nights away adventure, destination unknown. Heading out over Baddesley common, a route card of bearings and grid references revealed the final destination which we got to by passing train tracks and through the common. Closer to the final destination, we spotted a deer. Eventually we arrived at our camp for the night, the wooded close of a generous local farmer.

    The first job was to assemble the equipment (helpfully already planted there) at our site and then we had to clear an area to camp. Gathering firewood, clearing nettles and assembling basic between the trees using groundsheet and rope, the sun was going down as we finished our preparations.

    This meant it was time for the campfire to be lit for warmth and, of course, supper. Gathered around the fire we toasted marshmallows and sandwiched them between chocolate digestives, and drank hot chocolate. Then it was time for bed. It was warm enough for most of us just to use our bivy bags as something to lie on, rather than lie in, and as we snuggled up we could see the stars overhead between the branches of the trees overhead.

    It was a fairly quiet night (although what the frogs thought as they hopped through our camp is unknown!) and as the sun began to rise again the game birds, raised on the farm, began their dawn chorus. This is probably the most effective alarm clock I’ve ever seen on camp, and most of us were awake by 6am.

    The fire had been glowing all night, which meant it was easy to restart to cook breakfast. Sausage, bacon and fried bread cooked by the scouts got us all going and then we were ready to strike camp. Shelters down, we got to have a close up look at our alarm clock, including the hatchery on the site. Then, rucksacks packed, we headed back to the scout hut, arriving only slightly late, tired, dirty but smiling.

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