This year marks the 110 yr that 1st Colchester has been offering Scouting experiences, before this we operated as the St Georges institute for Boys. which changed to a scout group after the founding of the movement by Baden Powell.
To help mark this year we decided to hold a Birthday camp for the group, the event was held at Hallowtrees Campsite near Ipswich. The weekend started with the Scout and Explorer Section arriving on Friday evening and after setting up camp we had chance to have some wide games and relax around the campfire. We welcomed Dan one of our Scout leaders who is currently away working as an apprentice activity instructor in Northumberland.
Saturday morning we had the cubs join us for the rest of the weekend after they pitched their tents, we came together to go over the safety bits.
During the Morning we split up and did activities for sections the scouts went down to the river after requests from scouts. The Cubs section had a blind trail challenge and learn't/practice some knot work.
After lunch we gave everyone a chance to have a ago at Archery, that was run by an Archery instructor team that we brought in for the occasion. While some were doing archery the other had a chance to make Water pressure rockets, which considering the weather proved popular, and the cubs had a chance to launch their previously made paper rockets.
After the rockets we played a wide game with everybody while the BBQ was fired up ready for dinner. After dinner we started to get the Campfire ready for a traditional campfire sing along. The campfire tradition can be tracked back to the early days of scouting our was run by Sam (a young leader in the scout section) and Dan who had come down from Northumberland for the weekend. We also had two of our new Explorers help out.
After campfire the Cubs started getting ready for bed, so after popular demand the Scouts and Explorers went over the sites activity field to play some wide games till it was time for them to go to bed.
Sunday morning members woke to a bacon breakfast, we then started the job of packing up. Once the site was clear we came together to lower the camp flag and carry out the site litter pick, which involved some interesting dance moves for a change.
Collection time was fast approaching however we had time for a bit of Birthday Cake and a old Scout game called the Stave game which was played at the first meeting of 1st Colchester Scouts 110yrs ago.
This camp proved to be a relaxing but very warm weekend away and a nice way of coming together. The Scout section will soon be off on their activity packed Summer camp and the Cubs section have Kayaking to look forward in the coming weeks.