Over the weekend of 12 – 14th July 2019, the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts of our Group, joined over 450 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 13 other Groups from Newcastle District, for this year’s District Camp. This is only the third full District Camp in 12 years, so it was a special event.
The Cubs and Scouts arrived on the Friday evening, and after setting themselves up in their tents, they joined in with the rest of the camp in the opening ceremony.
Each of the Groups were given a Country to represent as the camp had an international theme partially due to the forthcoming World Scout Jamboree. The evening’s activity was a wide game for the whole camp! Following a lot of running around, it was time for supper and bed.
Everyone was up early on Saturday morning so we could get breakfast. This was cooked by a great cooking team in the Fox Glen. Food was served in two servings due to the large amount of people on camp, so after breakfast, our Group had a bit of free time before flag break. During this time, the Beavers arrived and just had enough time to get into their tents before flag break.
The mornings activities were based on the Groups countries. Our Group was representing France, so when we hosted the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the other Groups, we got them to play boules! Our young people threw boomerangs, wrote in hieroglyphics, played cricket, had henna tattoos and played hockey.
Then it was lunchtime.
Following from lunch, we took part in an ‘It’s a Knockout’ competition. Our young people were split into teams and we had some Cubs from Basford join us. The competitions involved a lot of bouncy items and water (see the photos!).
Following tea, we took part in an international parade around the camp. Everyone dressed up in costumes from their countries and were led by the talented young people in our Drum Corps. The parade went over to the road to the Training Centre side of the camp for a huge campfire. Each Group performed a song or sketch. Due to Rachael losing her voice, Beth stepped into her shoes for the evening and led us and the camp in a rousing rendition of Frere Jacques!
The campfire finished and the fair opened. There were bouncy castles, slides, candy floss, trampolines, a BBQ and a live band. To close the evening there was a firework display.
On Sunday, after breakfast, there was a short Scouts Own and flag break. Following this was the District’s world record attempt for the largest human Fleur De Lis (the scout symbol). At the time of writing, we are waiting for confirmation of the record!
The final event before the camp close, was a huge colour run for all the young people. They ended up covered in paint!
The camp was closed, thank you’s were said and everyone went home very tired!