Over the weekend of the 19th to the 21st October 1st Cowfold Scout Group held a joint weekend camp at Blacklands Farm. Ten Cubs, thirty-two Scouts and eleven Explorers arrived on site Friday evening where they spent the first night exploring the site and getting to know each other. After a rather cold and frosty sleep the group were greeted by a beautiful October morning sunrise and after breakfast they set off for the first of their activities.
Mixing the various ages together, half the group hiked from the campsite around the local area while the other half participated in two of four activities – Crate Stacking, Climbing Challenge, Grass Sledging and Archery. After lunch the groups swapped round, with the morning hiking group staying on site for their activities and the others heading out for their hike. All members then took part in the short orienteering challenge before a greatly appreciated hot meal. The rest of the evening then consisted of a campfire with Explorers leading the singing and keeping the younger members of the group entertained.
Sunday morning offered the final set of activities – Tunnelling, Aero Ball, Bouldering and Low Ropes – before everyone helped strike camp and pack all the equipment away. It was a fantastic weekend full of many opportunities and challenges and a great chance for the three sections to mix.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the camp; the children should be proud of how they embraced all the challenges and thrived. Camping at this time of year is different but they persevered and ended up having a great weekend, gaining a positive skill set for life. Also a big thank you to all adult leaders and helpers with their organisational skills and support over this weekend. Without them, children wouldn’t have access to such fun adventures.
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Ellen Barker – Group Scout Leader
What did the young people think about the weekend?
“On camp I had lots of fun doing the different activities like the climb challenge. On the first night it was so cold that I woke up not feeling my feet. However, the funniest part of camp probably was when we put bags on our feet to stop them getting wetter and colder from the night before. It was great because we always came back to cake after doing an activity in the cold, which gave us energy. – Emily aged 13.
“I spent two days at Blacklands Farm. In the morning I could smell bacon when you got out of the tent. You got to do lots of activities such as tunnelling, low ropes, grass sledging and hiking. My favourite one was tunnelling because you could play hide and seek in the dark. On the last night we had a big fire. There were crates on it.” – Callum aged 9.
“On camp the first night I was a bit crazy and wore shorts and a t-shirt it was very cold. Thankfully Anna was like my Mummy and told me to wear more which helped. Although it was very cold, I still enjoyed crate stacking and the campfire – Lydia aged 11.