This year’s Summer Camp was a Group camp with all 5 sections camping together at Euston Hall in Suffolk. The Beavers even joined us for a couple of nights and got involved in camp fire songs, incredible amounts of running around, and lots of fun and games (they certainly wore the leader team out!) We had beautiful weather all week – apart from the last night where a thunder storm hit and Club Solebay went into full party mode as the Scouts hid from the rain. The following morning was also rather gloomy for striking camp giving the added excitement of the Explorer marquee taking off with Explorers and Leaders clinging on to hold it down!
We were especially fortunate this year to have the opportunity to spend a day at the Army Air Corps station at Wattisham Airfield. We were able to take a look at unit’s weaponry, have a tour of their Apache attack helicopters, and have a go with the fire hose from the onsite fire engine! A big thank you to everyone from the station who organised the day.
Both Scout troops tried some new activities this year at camp such as Tie Dying their own t-shirts; this went down a success with both troops and some of the patterns that were managed to be created were pretty impressive! As always there was badge work on the programme for the troops. The PLs and APLs took part in the Survival Badge which involved gutting and cooking a fish (the girls weren’t too keen to begin with, but soon got stuck in) as well as sleeping out in the woods in bivvy bags. This was an experience for all and I think they were definitely all more grateful for their tents the following night! On the Sunday evening, we were all very lucky to have a break from cooking over open fires and had a hog roast! Thank you Dawn for organising that! A particular highlight of the Scouts’ cooking, was the Syrup sponges – there was definitely varying success of these and Solebay Troop were definitely more patient with them than Renown, who seemed to have no problem with eating them almost raw!
Choosing a highlight of this year’s camp was difficult however I am certain my choice will be the same as many others! Not once but twice, we had the opportunity to go swimming in the Duke of Grafton’s private bathing lake. This was not only a beautiful location but also gave everyone the chance to relax, sunbathe, swim & cool off from the exceptionally hot weather we were experiencing. The first afternoon was rather magical with a fly by from a collection of RAF aircraft, including the Red Arrows and a Typhoon; everyone had such a lovely time no one wanted to go back to the site to cook dinner!
The Explorers took part in a lot of different activities this year too, including a trip to Go Ape, a day trip to the beach at Aldeborough, and of course swimming trips and the visit to Wattisham. However, despite these excellent activities everyone’s favourite was the absolute craziness of the Explorers to decide to play Volleyball in their swimming shorts and bikinis during the thunder storm on the last night!
The heat definitely kept our onsite first-aiders busy, but neither the less a great time was had by all and it was a very successful group camp! Now everyone is home and recovered, and clothes & hair no longer smell of fire, we are all looking forward to another brilliant camp next year! A massive thank you to all of the leader team who make it happen!