The 2013 Scout Summer Camp was at Belchamps Scout Activity Centre in Hawkwell, Essex.
The Scouts parents were invited to our Summer Camp Parents' evening which provided them with an opportunity to meet the Leaders, ask any questions and have a brief look at the exciting activities we had planned. During this meeting we also gave out some important forms and all the final arrangements for camp.
Day 1 - Our day began at the scout hut where we all gathered together before setting off in the minibuses to Essex.
Putting up the tents took up most of the day but at least the rain held off until dinner time!
Some quotes from the Scouts this morning:
The Scouts worked on their Patrol Sites this morning - putting up fences around them, making camp gadgets and collecting wood for their wood piles.
After lunch they split into 3 groups and each did a different activity on the campsite. Above you can see Scouts on the Jacob's Ladder and Zorbing. Paul said "Jacob's ladder was difficult but Tom hauled them up by arms, legs and other bits ...!"
Other quotes from this evening:
Day 3 - Hot and sunny, the Scouts continued their on-site activities - Water Zorbs, fencing and Jacob's Ladder. They also tried a spot of pioneering with some huge logs. Some of the Scouts also did their knife and axe training and assessment, while others built their own fires.
Day 4 - Today the troop journeyed to Colchester Zoo in heavy rain. Once inside there were lots of animals to see including penguins, tigers and howling wolves. Oh, and a big adventure playground... The Scouts also had two presentations from the zookeepers, one about minibeasts and the other about endangered species. They even got to hold a few cockroaches and stick insects!
"The Zoo was so much fun and the wolves were so cute." - Daniel B
Day 5 - Nice day on site today. Orienteering was first - the Scouts had to find 30 bases using a map and compass. Their site activities were also finished today followed by playing an energetic game of 'Capture The Peg' (pictured).
Day 6 - With not a cloud in the sky, the troop set off on their day hike from the site to Hullbridge on the River Crouch, a walk of about 5.5km. A nice buffet was waiting for them at the finish along with a chance to just chill in the shade.
Rehearsals for the Friday night's entertainment took place in the shade around the site. The troop cooked corn beef hash in the evening, a very popular dish!
Day 7 - The rain threatened in the morning but thankfully never came.
The troop headed to Adventure Island where they spent most of the day being spun around, upside down and basically hurled in all directions. Plenty of candyfloss and other treats were available too!
In the evening, the Scouts performed their entertainment sketches. Let's just say that the Royal Shakespeare Company isn't quaking in their boots. Dylan got the overall best actor award.
Day 8 - Big day today. After a rather loud overnight thunderstorm the Souts had some more on-site activities - Pedal Go-Karts and Gladiator Challenge. They saw some budding Lewis Hamiltons, a few minor crashes (Claire's was spectacular) and a lot of energy released by bashing each other with padded poles!
Silly Sports, after lunch, provided a great opportunity for the Scouts to cool down and get covered in shaving foam. They used matchsticks for javelins and dinner plates for the discus.
After a nice dinner of fish cakes (cooked by the patrols) they then geared up for the Night Hike. Setting off from Chelmsford and heading generally east along the River Chelmer, the boys and girls had perfect conditions and a very starry night. Those who completed the full hike this year were James B, Daniel H, Jack, Jamie, Eddie, Tommy, George, William JP, Max and Simon. They were back on site for 04.30!
Day 9 - It's always a relaxing morning after a Night Hike - a late rise and a leisurely breakfast. The leaders did have one challenge organised for the Scouts even so - a scavenger hunt where they had to find natural objects from A through Z. (How many different words for mud can you think of!?) Livingstone Patrol had the winning score with 10/26.
In the afternoon everyone went on a magical mystery tour to find a beach where the tide was in. They weren't successful but the Scouts had fun exploring abandoned boats and sampling the local mud!
Day 11 - Lovely weather for our final morning at Summer Camp. We finish packing up the site and have a safe journey home with many hands making light work of unloading the van.
Mark does a final check of the scores and Cook patrol are unveiled as the winners of the Patrol Competition. Well done!
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