Fresh faced and full of enthusiasm the members of Red Troop arrived on a somewhat chilly Friday evening to begin the first of hopefully many camps together.
The tents went up and in some cases down then up again in the dark, with the more experienced members of the Troop showing their skills patiently to the relative ‘newbies’. Hot drinks and a game or two to tire them out then it was off to bed.
Saturday started cold with sleet but it didn’t dampen the Scouts spirit and after a hearty breakfast they dived into using our pioneering skills building trebuchets. While the theory was sound the practice met with varying degrees of success but much was learned in the art of tying knots.
Safe use of axes and saws followed lunch and on to a Scouts favourite, lighting fires. Even with the wet conditions a decent fire got going to cook part of their tea – baby baked potatoes. Tea was devoured and it was back out to the fire for the obligatory marshmallows and smores.
For those who still had energy it was games before bed.
An exceptionally cold night saw the Scouts shaking ice droplets off the tents on the Sunday morning, but the Scouts set to packing up and washing down the tents ready for home, a warm bath and an early night.
Section Leader Pete, said many thanks to my fellow Leaders for their support and to the Scouts for their hard work. Now to plan the next one.
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