Scout Summer Camp in 2011 was held at Lyons Copse Scout Campsite:
Parents were invited to our Summer Camp Parent’s evening which gave them an opportunity to meet the Leaders, ask any questions and have a brief look at the exciting activities we have
We also gave out some important forms and all the final arrangements for camp during the meeting.
The lorry is all loaded at the Scout HQ on Friday night. Ready to go!
9.00 am - Two mini-buses (full of Scouts) and one lorry (full of kit) leave HQ for Summer Camp.
Dick (our Chairman) says "Arrived just before lunch to unload the lorry and then after a quick lunch the Scouts and leaders worked very hard to pitch their patrol sites and HQ.
Good progress was made and after a dinner of roast pork, potatoes and gravy there was time for a game of 3 goal football (with 2 footballs!) and then a walk at dusk to explore the site.
The weather stayed fine all day and the site is really nice and not too busy."
Dave says "All is well and the Scouts have worked very hard pitching their patrol sites which now look very good. Today we have been doing archery and rifle shooting, which were enjoyed by all."
Dick says "Chicken stew tonight! Everything is going really well and the Scouts are eager to start patrol cooking tomorrow."
James says "The hike on Monday was really fun! We had to follow the map and on the way take photos of our mascot in different places. There were loads of great photos which were funny. The leaders went round with water bombs and water guns. They squirted us before we had a chance to get away. It was the best hike I have ever been on."
Elizabeth says "We had a great time on the hike. We didn't get lost and the leaders had a few surprises for us on the route!"
Joe says "I really enjoyed Tae Kwando because it was very good and really fun. We stood in lines with partners and did some punching and kicking. Tae Kwando is a sport from Korea. We were taught by Master Pat. I have been practising Tae Kwando around. I want to practice Tae Kwondo when I get home!"
"This morning we had a conservation group come and visit us at the camp site. We had a great time building bird boxes.
We welcomed back the expedition group! They arrived back safely at Lyons Copse after their 30km hike, having stayed overnight at another campsite.
Later on all the Scouts had a very enjoyable (and wet) afternoon playing our very own Scout version of 'Total Wipe Out'!"
Thursday evening - Elizabeth and Katie agreed that climbing and abseiling on the climbing wall was great fun! Thank you Matt.
Campfire entertainment was very good by the patrols, especially Joe's songs and the rapping.
Service crew work in the morning, clearing rhododendrons and burning them. Dave, Pete and Matt all got burnt, but luckily they were the old scarecrow versions.
In the afternoon the patrols tackled the on-site assault course.
Saturday night - Dick and Camel organised a night hike across the New Forest. It was a clear dry night but with some mist in the Forest.
"It was really fun and exciting walking in the dark" said Daniel who finished walking about midnight on the shorter route.
"I'm pleased I did it but I'm really tired and sleepy!" said James, who carried on with the older Scouts on the longer route, finishing about 4am.
Thanks to Paul for staying up to drive the minibus home!
Striking camp today. All tents down, sleeping under bashers tonight. Swimming in Portsmouth this afternoon – at least the Scouts will come back clean!
We ate the last of the cakes with supper - thank you parents for supplying them.
Loaded the lorry this morning and cleared the site.
We arrived back this afternoon in the sunshine. Well done Tasman for winning the patrol competition.
A big thank you to Dave and all the leaders for a fantastic camp.