The Scout and Explorers sections always look forward to this event in the year, we have run Summer Camps for most of the 1st Colchester's history and they are a traditional part of the scouting year. The camp has taken many forms over the decades. In recent years and since taking over the Scout Section myself and the leader team have run this week long camp in a number of locations, but one that has always remained a great memory was our 2013 trip to the Scout center on the banks of Kielder Water. This year we decided to revisit this venue. Planning for a trip like this takes some time and initial plans normally start, not long after returning from the camp the year before.
The Scout Center near Kielder offers an amazing selection of activities and stunning scenery to camp in. We started our preparations the week before, which involved puling all the kit out of the stores and checking over various items making sure we were ready. On Friday we collected the kit van to enable loading on the Saturday, Saturday was a busy day of food shopping for os tof the week, loading the bulk of the kit into the van and we asked members to bring there personal kit down in the afternoon to speed up departure in the morning.
We arrived on Sunday after a full day of traveling with a few stop. The aim then was to setup camp which includes sleeping tents, Kitchen and mess tents. As well as unloading most of the supplies for the week. After a busy day we then finally could relax with some dinner and run over the plans for the week with the Scouts.
We had a very active week planned out, with a large number of activities and a day trip planned. The choice of activities is made after discussions with both the Explorer unit and Scout section months before we leave. So they can be booked up and scheduled in advance, along with the important decision of Camp T shirt colour.
Our Program for the week
Day Hike around the Lake side
Climbing, Abseiling and Raft Building
Canoeing and Sailing
Day Out to Alnwick Castle
Archery, Jacobs Ladder and Zip Wire (largest in Scouting)
The scouts all joined in and some over came nervousness and concerns to achieve great personal challenges. The instructor proved once again to be some of the best we have worked with in our travels around various Scout activity centers, and proved great at helping the scouts relax and enjoy there activities.
We also run a traditional camp system where the young people take turns in helping with chores such as cooking and cleaning, earning points for there camp patrol when done well. This is often a maturing step for members and soon realize how important team work can be. The Scouts choose their names and this year we had the Bod Squad and B poppin' with the wining patrol at the end of the week being Bob Squad.
After a busy camp as has become a tradition we had a BBQ on the last night, this time held down on the down on the lake side. This gives everyone time to relax and take in the scenery whilst do some stone skimming.
Below are some images of our Trip, for those that are members please feel free to visit the Summer Camp Album on the members page. www.1stcolchesterscoutgroup.com/summer-camp-2017
We are all looking forward to next years adventure, which will be Jamboree closer to home details coming soon. Summer Camp 2018