Our 4th international camp in France started in the early hours of Saturday 20th August when two coaches containing 80 members left the Rossendale Valley at 2:30 am bound for Dover.

Making the rather choppy cross-channel ferry crossing we arrived at the campsite in Ardres, northern France in time for lunch.

A number of land-based activities were laid on for our members in the afternoon.

Everyone was split into a total of six Groups for the activities which included stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, katakanu and rafting.  Land-based activities included climbing, archery, fencing, night-line and the high ropes (crate stacking and leap of faith).  Everyone was given the opportunity to participate in every activity during the course of the week.
The traditional walk to the local ice cream shop took place on the Sunday and Monday evenings.  We were pleased to see the neckerchief donated to the shop owner’s 2-years ago was hung in pride of place for all to see.
For most the highlight of the week took place on the Tuesday with a visit to Disneyland Paris.  Leaving the site at 7:00 am and returning the following morning at 3:30 am.  Despite the long-day everyone had a throughly good time and came away from Disney armed with gifts for their families.
A visit to the local market took place on the Thursday followed on the Friday with the “Star Challenge” testing the members on many of the skills they had learnt during the week.  A campfire and awards ceremony was held on the Friday evening to finish off the camp.

With thanks to the Leaders without it would not have been possible to run the camp and a big thank you to all the members who did us proud with their behaviour whilst away.

For more photos from the camp view our Facebook Albums:

Land Based Activities – Album 1

Land Based Activities – Album 2

Water Based Activities


Ice Cream Shop

General Album (includes travel and market)


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