Summer Camp 2016 this year has been held a Great Tower Scout Activity Center , in the Lake District.
The Scouts and Explorers had a adventurous week of activities and fun. We left and traveled in convoy to this years campsite which was located next to Lake Windermere. We had a long journey up due to traffic but once there the scouts worked well together to pitch the tents and to get home set up for the coming week.
During camps we split the scouts in to camp patrols, called Elwes and Powell this helps the scouts know which activities they are doing on certain days. They also compete gaining points for working well together and completing certain tasks activities.
On the first day we were due to have canoeing sessions however due to the high winds it had to be called off, this gave the scouts chance to explore the large woodland site and play wide games. The next couple of days the scouts spent doing a variety of activities such as Archery, Crate Stacking, Leap of Faith and Jacobs Ladder. One of the main special events of the week was also a chance for the scouts to take part in some Ghyll Scrambling, this is a adventurous activity that involves working your way up mountain water ways or Becks as they are known. Although very cold water this was certainly a great experience.
Wednesday was Crag climbing day, so in there patrols the scouts took it in turns to climb a natural rock face. Thursday was are day out, so no onsite activities booked, we used this opportunity to have a day out in Keswick which was a hours drive from the Campsite. The day out started with the scouts being turned loose on the town center, and given time to go off and shop and spend some time exploring the market street. We then walked the Scouts to the Leisure pool for a splash and more importantly a chance to use showers and wash facilities. Before heading home we had a arranged a visit to the Mountain Rescue HQ to learn about the amazing work these volunteers do. After a long day we left Keswick and head back to site, taking in some amazing Lake District scenery.
Friday Was a day left mostly free, for activity cancellations and a chance to start sorting kit ready for packing site on Sunday morning, as we were all to aware that we had a busy day on Saturday. One of our patrols were once again unable to canoe due to weather so the site staff managed to change things about and offer them a high ropes session on the Gauntlet course. Saturday we had booked a Mountain day session which involves a guided walk in to the hills, due to the weather on the day the instructed spoke to us and it was decided that we would take a route around the land marks below the Old Man of Coniston. Despite the weather being bad in the morning by lunch time the weather had cleared and it turned nice. The guides proved to be great with the young people, and during the walk they taught the scouts about hill side plants and features.
Saturday Night we had are traditional last evening BBQ and social evening around a camp fire, we also awarded the winning patrol their prizes, this year it was won by the Powell Patrol.
Sunday was are day to leave and after a busy and wet week, we needed to get the site packed as quick as possible and hit the road. The scouts worked well on the whole and got the site cleared working together.
During the Week the scouts take it in turn to cook and clean in their patrols, this gives the young people chance to work together and with varying degrees of success learn to cook a bit. The menu this year was a follows:
Saturday - Home made Arrabiata Pasta with Tiger Bread
Sunday - Somerset Sausages
Monday - Fajitas
Tuesday - Curry
Wednesday - Sharon's Mince and Potatoes
Thursday - Carbonara Pasta with Bread
Friday - Sausage Cassorale
Saturday - BBQ & Campfire
This years summer camp has hopefully offered some great life experiences for our Scouts and memories that will stay with them. Next years plans will be started soon, and the new adventure can start.
I would like to thank all that made this possible from the Staff at Great Tower Activity Center to the other members of the Leadership team that help the camp run as smoothly as possible, and lastly I would like to thank the Parents for supporting the group.