• 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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  • Jan
    13

    Camping

    We have just heard the dates and location for this years District Winter Camp, it is to be held on 11th -> 13th March 2010.  More details are to follow shortly but if you would like to join us on a fantastic camp please book these dates in your diary.

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  • Aug
    29

    We awoke on the last day to a lovely morning with the sun streaming through the trees onto the site.   The previous day we had managed to get the first aid tent and one of the dining shelters down so we were all hoping that today would be an easier day!  Breakfast was centrally cooked by the leaders and was the best breakfast of the week of fish finger sandwiches (yes it sounds horrible but is really really nice).  Once breakfast was over and everything was washed up it was time for full kit inspection that we had missed out on the previous day.

    Skip and Paul laid out there kit at one end of the ground sheet and then the Scouts had to layout their kit in the same way.   The boys tent was such a mess we were surprised that they managed to find all there stuff in the first place!  The kit was all laid out really well unfortunately it took slightly longer than planned. This unfortunately meant that we were up against getting all the tents down and we still had quite a few left (Mess Tent, Leaders Tent, Dining Shelter, Patrol Tent and 2 Hike Tents).  With a really push by everyone we managed to get all the tents down by 11.  It was now time to get the kit moved to the explorers site, because they were leaving a day later than us we were leaving our equipment behind for them to transport back later.

    At just about the time that we had to leave the site (12 noon) everyone carried there equipment down to the mini-bus that was waiting to bring us back to home.  After a few presentations (unfortuantely not round the flag pole as planned) we were all just about ready to depart.  We a last rush to the toilet everyone climbed aboard the mini-bus.  I’ve never seen so many sleepy scouts in one place before, by the time we had reached the M25 most of the Scouts were fast asleep!  After a short stop off at Fleet Services to eat our packed lunches we arrived back home at the Scout HQ around 3.30ish.

    Thanks to all the Leaders that helped out over the 6 days and all the people that helped transport Kit and Scouts to the site.  I hope everyone enjoyed the camp and we are already thinking about next year!

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  • Aug
    24

    Day four started with a bit of lay in not having to get out of bed until 8am! The day started with a breakfast of Spam fritters and beans before heading off to the first activity of the day at 10am after doing all the washing up. The first activity of the day was a game of giant table football in an inflatable football pitch. We joined up with the explorers for this activity so that we had 12 players a side. The same as normal football its who ever can score the most that wins. But like table football you are attached to “poles” restricting your movement.  After a couple of goals the teams would swap round to ensure that every just about got a go in a different place.  There was also enough time for a round of Silly Yoya! with Ooo.

    After the table football is was onto probably the bravest thing that we attended this week, going into the “heated” swimming pool.  I think that is most probably the coldest I’ve been in a swimming pool.  Unfortunately the wind was blowing and the sun was not quite out to give us enough warmth.  We were luckly that we had the whole pool to ourselves and we played some silly games with the balls that were around including “Skip in the Middle” plus there was lots of splashing happening with everyone.  The life guard did turn more of the heats on but it did not really make much of a difference, by the end of the hour there was only a couple of fool hardy souls left in the pool.

    After the swimming there was abit of free time before lunch of cheese and ham ploughmans and sadly more washing up.  The afternoons activity was orienteering but just as the activity was about to start the heavens opened and we had to delay the activity while we waited for the weather to clear up.  After about 30 minutes the clouds parted and the sun started to shiny, so the scouts headed out on the orienteering course around the site.  The course headed around the main paths of the sites and was to last for about 30 minutes -> 45 minutes.  The scouts were about 10 -> 15 minutes into the course when the heavens opened again.  After a call on the radios everyone started to head back to site alittle bit wet!  We all gathered in the mess tent after getting out of the wet clothes and having a nice warm drink.

    There was a short amount of free time before it was time to start sorting out dinner that like Day Three was to be cooked on open fires.  This meant that wood had to be gathered and chopped, just as we were starting to light the fires with some damp food its started to rain again but thankfully this only lasted for a few minutes, an hour or so later and the food was cooking on the fires.  Tonights dinner was a lovely sausage cassarole followed by a fruit flan and cream.  Once the washing up for all the equipment was done it was time for the last activity of the day before supper of a camp fire.  The day was rounded off with songs around the camp fire before just enough time for drinks and a biscuits before it was time for bed.  Everyone was in bed and asleep by 10.30 (just about!)

    Day Five

    Alarms went off at 7.30am with the leaders already up and about sorting out breakfast the sleep scouts rose from their tents to put on kettles for teas and coffees.  It was abit of a slow start to day five with everyone feeling quite tidied from all the activities so far.  It was boiled eggs and soliders for breakfast this morning, which was nice and easy for the washer uppers.  The morning activity was a small pioneering project that was done on the main activity field near the main entrance of the site.  Using some of the site poles and alot of tent poles that were brought along from our Scout HQ we made a rocking bridge, unfortunately we could not find a great location for it so had to just use it on the field.  With a great effort from everyone we managed to complete the project in double quick time finishing it by just after midday and giving time for everyone to have a play on it.  Everyone did some fantastic knots and lashings on it so maybe we will have to make this one at the scout hut next term.

    We then had to have a very very quick lunch of sausage rolls and pasta salad organised by the leaders plus washing up before we had to be back near the main activity field for the crate stacking in the afternoon.  For the final time this week we joined up with the Explorers for the crate stacking.  The aim of the activity was to get as high as you could standing on some old milk crates.  There was two people ontop of the crates and two people stacking them up underneath.  Each pair stacking and being ontop were given two goes to see how high they could get before the crates toppled over.  It was great fun watching the stacks go up but even greater watching them fall over with Scouts and Explorers on ropes hanging in the air until the crates were cleared and it was safe to come down.  The explorers managed to get the highest with 9 rows (I think it was) but two of the scouts gave them a run for the money with almost getting 8 rows which was a fantastic score.

    Crate stacking was the last organised activity of the camp before we had to start thinking about striking camp and heading home.  With the rest of the after we started to pack away cooking equipment and ensure it was all clean and tidy.  This is probably the most borrowing part of the camp but the Scouts all chipped in and did a fantastic job to get everything clean and tidly put away.  Some of the frying pans I’ve never seen so clean before.  Tonights evening meal was a BBQ organised and cooked by the leaders so it was a nice easy evening.  With all the wood that had been collected we gathered around a fire for the evening to sing a few songs and talk about the week.  Asking everyones best and worst bits of the camp.  Before long it was time for supper and bed, leaving one more day to go of striking camp!

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  • Aug
    15

    Summer camp was really good especially being able to try new activities, cook new foods and learning to work in a team. At the beginning of the week, we were all struggling to work in a team, but by the end we were all working together to get things done so we could have more free time.

    There were a range of activities for us all to try. Some of us got over fears of heights and we all tried something new.  My favourite activity was the crate stacking. It was quite funny when we fell off the crates because we could pretend to fly in the air. The swimming was a very cold experience but it was lots of fun.

    It was really good to be independent and learn how to live on absolute basics and realise that we manage without TVs and computers and still have fun.  Though it was great to get on the minibus at the end of the week to sit on a seat that actually had cushions.

    I had a really good week and I would really like to do another camp next year. Hopefully without a thunderstorm in the middle. Thank you to leaders for organising it.

    Alice

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