We left in convoy to Beaudesert at just after 3 in the afternoon. It took us just under an hour to get there.
On arrival, we were directed to our sub camp and met our sub camp chief, Ray. Our sub camp’s theme was Malaysia. We were all given our sub camp’s neckerchiefs, which were blue with black edges, and started to set up the camp.
After our quick butties tea, we finished setting up and had a bit of a mess around.
We had to give a sign to the sub camp to put on their gate. Ours was the largest!
At about 8.45 a Scout band came round to collect us up for the opening ceremony. This was where the whole camp got together for the first time and met the camp chief, Glyn. All groups were invited to put a neckerchief on a friendship pole. After the camp was opened, we watched a rather good firework display. After that, we wandered back to the campsite for supper and bed.
An early start was needed as the Scouts had to register in their groups before going off to do their activates. During the day, the Scouts went canoeing, shooting, mountain biking, problem solving and generally buying loads of sweets from the shop!
I had to pop home to get a new regulator for our new stove – doh!
The weather decided to have a bit of a downpour in the afternoon, but it wasn’t too bad.
In the evening, we were treated to some live music.
Another day, another early start! Mat had to go to the sub camp for flag break and managed to get lost!
The activities completed this day included shooting, archery, mountain biking, various sub camp activities and climbing.
Jop came out in the morning, er, sorry afternoon (late again!) and decided to climb up a tree for a chill!
The evening’s entertainment was a showing of Back to the Future preceded by a Roger Rabbit cartoon. It’s a different experience to watch a film in a field!
After a slightly later start, we sent Mat off for the shooting competition, which he won! While he was off shooting things Jop and I started to build a sedan chair for the race that was due later in the morning.
After some testing it was decided that it would be better for Mat and Antony to carry it and Tom to be the passenger.
During the race the other team crashed and Mat and Antony nearly ran into them and ended up with Mat running backwards! We didn’t win, but it was good fun.
After packing away and lunch we went to the closing ceremony. Again, the Scout band picked us up and we followed them to the ceremony. Mat was presented with two trophies for winning the shooting. We collected another Group’s neckerchief (1st Norton Canes – Cannock Chase District) and a Guide group got ours.
The camp closed and we came home after a great weekend.
Nick Wood 29/8/02