Saturday, 20 August 2016


Just leaving the services near stansted airport so hope to be at marsh street at 4.15 ish

All together now

Pack down day

Almost all the bacon has gone, the bread is just about finished and the fruit bowl is empty. It can only mean one thing... 30 very tired but happy scouts and explorers packing up camp! Planning to get to marsh street at 4pm but will update when we are closer.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Thursday update

Christmas party went well and thankyou to everyone for the secret Santa presents. Dinner was roast turkey, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, stuffing, pigs in blankets and lots of veg. The leaders now have a new found appreciation for those who normally cook dinner in 25 degree temperatures...

Today we have been back on the water again with 3 sessions of rowing and sailing. Everyone has made great progress and we have some great sailors in the group. Particularly well done to those who did backwards sailing and the man overboard drills. As for rowing we have had trips to the other side of the reservoir for ice creams, races and even tug of war...

Tomorrow the scouts have high ropes and the explorers are windsurfing.  Now though they are all in bed!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

Bike riding and aqua park

The Explorers completed their cycle around the lake, complete with lunch delivered by boat. Scouts enjoying windsurfing and all earned their pulling badge. The aqua park later in the evening was great fun too.

Today we are back on the water sailing and rowing but off slightly early for our Christmas party 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Water pictures

More water sessions yesterday followed by pork kebabs and bread & butter pudding. Lots of tired Scouts and Explorers after being on the water from 9am to 7pm.

Today the explorers are off cycling around the lake, we're going to meet them half way at lunchtime with some sandwiches. The scouts are having windsurfing lessons and doing their rowing (pulling) badge. This evening we are on the aqua park and already looking forward to hunters chicken afterwards.

Here are some water pictures...

Sunday, 14 August 2016

First day

It's been a busy day today. Sailing sessions and rowing followed by electronics for the scouts. Meat pie is made and about to go in the oven..

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Good morning

Leaders and scouts are up and the smell of sausages is threatening to draw the explorers out of their tents...

A full day on the water is planned with rowing and sailing for everyone.

Here are a few pics of what the morning looks like...

Arrived and set up

We had a very good trip and all arrived safely. Marquee is up, tents up and BBQ being cooked. Photos and more updates to follow.

Friday, 12 August 2016

It's started

Actually Summer Camp 2016 all started on the August bank holiday weekend last year when we went to look for a suitable campsite. Now however it's really started.

This last week has seen bearings replaced on road trailers, toppers and topaz all re rigged and loaded, patrol tents taken out and checked, benches mended, water sessions and menus planned, 300 cable ties bought and shopping started. Now we're off to load the vans.

It's a smaller camp this year than last year with 30 Scouts / Explorers and about 20 helpers. Rutland water sports centre are working with us, letting us use their campsite and launch the boats. We even have use of their showers... It should be a great week!

Sunday, 6 March 2016

6am wake up call

All Cubs are up and had bacon sandwiches and cerial. It was quite a cold night but everyone slept well apart from the 6am wake up call!

Lovely clear and sunny morning at the moment.

Some pictures from last nights camp fire: