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Scouts from Bathampton go on Guernsey Adventure

9 September 2016 written by : Ethan - Assistant Scout Leader and Webmaster

2016-08-18-15-08-17Scouts from Bathampton, aged 11 to 14, have recently returned from their annual summer camp in Dorset.

Despite a few days of challenging gale force winds and heavy rain, the hardy Scouts took every opportunity to have fun, including a visit the Bournemouth Air Show to watch the Red Arrows and military displays on the beach. They also visited Corfe Castle and planned and went on a night hike to Poole Bay. As the weather improved, the Scouts hiked along part of the coastal path and tried their hand at crabbing. There was a sandcastle building competition which was won by Eagles with their ambitious interpretation of Corfe Castle, and the Scouts made evening hot chocolate on Studland Beach, whilst watching local fireworks.

2016-08-22-12-13-55Midweek the young people took the ferry to Guernsey for the day and enjoyed a quiz in the capital, St Peter’s Port, to learn about the Island.

One highlight for the Scouts was taking part in a 36 hour survival camp, living in shelters they made and eating fish they prepared. The end of the exercise was marked with their annual party, this year’s theme was Halloween, complete with fancy dress, games and ‘scary jelly’.

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Camp finished with a visit to the Little Down Centre for a morning of adventure with high ropes, climbing and water slides, followed by a gourmet meal cooked with ingredients chosen by the Scouts.

The camp competition, where points are awarded for cooking, Scout craft, sandcastle building and the quiz was won overall by the Eagles, led by Deeva whose Patrol was awarded the Spadger Trophy.

Throughout the camp the Scouts slept under canvas, cooked their meals on wood fires and designed and built camp gadgets including dressers to help make camp life easier. Working for most of the camp in teams called Patrols, the Scouts embraced the opportunity to develop skills and levels independence as well as trying a range of new activities, and above all enjoying the outdoors with their friends. For more information about how you could get involved in our next adventure, get in touch here.