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Summer Camp 2015

P1030835Some photos from Summer Camp 2015 are available here and here.  There are videos available too:

Congratulations to the “Chocolate Bacon Banter” patrol who narrowly beat the “G. A. S. Banta” and “T. B. D.” patrols in the camp points competition.

The Scouts were asked to write something about the camp.  Some of their pieces are in the comments section of the post.  Toby wrote:

This year Summer Camp was really fun (as always)! We experienced a wide range of activities such as: cycling from Greenwich to camp (28 miles),
snowboarding in Hemel Hempstead and fishing at Cassoibury Farm. They were fantastic! We had great fun pitching tent and banter in the hammocks, even making up a parody. We all had an immense time although none of it would have been possible without Geoff, Ali and James our wondrous leaders who were with us keeping us safe every step of the way. In short, it was a joy to be at Summer Camp, it was AMAZING!

Thames Ridge District Chess Competition

Chess Competition Shield
The shield for Thames Ridge District Chess Competition

The district chess competition was hosted by the 30th Abingdon Scouts on the 26th November at Abingdon Baptist Church hall. We had 21 Scouts participating which made seven teams. Due to the numbers and time available each game was limited to three minutes. It was a round robin competition where every team had the opportunity play each other. After all the games were played it was a draw on points between 1st Harwell and 30th Abingdon. One last game was played to determine the overall winners. Again, with the time limit imposed, of the three games played by the team’s first game went to 1st Harwell, second a draw and the third to 30th Abingdon. This mean the overall winners was joint between the 1st Harwell and 30th Abingdon.

Many thanks to all who helped organise and transport Scouts and of course to the Scouts who participated. We hope to repeat the event again in November 2015.

Summer camp 2014

30th Abingdon Scout Troop went to South Wales for their Summer camp this year.  We asked the Scouts to give some feedback on the camp and three replied:

Scouts in hammocks
Scouts sleeping in hammocks

What was the highlight of the camp?

What was the lowlight of the camp?

  • Caving
  • Spraining my ankle and having to go to A&E.
  • There wasn’t a lowlight as I enjoyed everything but not good to fall out of my hammock!

What difficulties did you have on camp?

  • Pioneering
  • It was difficult to get everyone in the patrol to stay focussed on the jobs around the camp, and looking after myself but that will be easier next time.
  • The only difficulty I found was getting back up the top of the ski slope!

What could have been done differently?

  • Nothing.
  • Having to work out what you need to do yourself is part of being a scout so don’t change that. Somewhere to dry wet kit would have helped. I found a week was a long time to be in camp.
  • The washing up rota was quite confusing.

Do you have anything else to add?

White water rafting at Cardiff International White Water.
White water rafting at Cardiff International White Water.
  • This was my second camp. It was really fun because we did tons of interesting activities like white water rafting. I got to camp away from home for a week.  All the other scouts made it great fun. Geoff and James and Ali are good leaders and made sure we were safe and had fun.
  • It was my first full week Scout camp and I had an amazing time. I was a bit nervous about white water rafting but it turned out to be my favourite thing. It was good fun sleeping in the hammocks. I got to know the other Scouts better and made good friends with them. I think it is great that our Scout leader, his wife and assistant Scout leader and parents gave up their time to allow the camp to go ahead. Thank you.

Running success

30th Abingdon were successful at the District Cross Country competition on Monday 23rd June.

Scouts from the 30th Abingdon Scout troop filled the top three positions at the Cross Country competition held at Tilsey Park on Monday evening.  Congratulations to them all.

Aqua camp 2014

From the 6th to the 8th June 2014, Scouts from around Oxfordshire took part in a wide range of water sports.  Here is what one Scout from 30th Abingdon had to say

Kayaking at Aqua Camp 2014
Kayaking at Aqua Camp 2014

about the weekend:

We had a great time at aqua camp this year in Standlake in June. I really enjoyed the time I spent camping there. We did a range of activities including: dragon-boating, kayaking and sailing. I enjoyed sailing the most because it was a new skill I learnt. It poured at first but then the sun came out and we got hot chocolate to warm up. A few people fell into the lake but otherwise it was a great camp overall, with thanks to Geoff and Ali for organising the event and for cooking

Photos from the weekend can be found here.

Winter Challenge 2014

Winter Challenge LogoOn Saturday 1st March a group of 30th Abingdon Scouts took part in the Oxfordshire Scouts Winter Challenge. Here, three Scouts write about their experience.

Ashley writes: 

We started off at around 7.50 and it was below freezing. Lee’s team (Alert) sprinted to get first but Tom’s (Weather or not) team caught up again. The weather soon got warmer so we took of our coats. We made steady progress to checkpoint 2 and stopped to eat bacon butties at checkpoint 3. There were some icy parts but none were that bad. At checkpoint 6 we stopped to eat lunch and recuperate. Lee found a large stick and insisted on keeping it until just after checkpoint 8. We also saw an air ambulance landing and a lot of foxhunters! On the final stretch between checkpoint 9 and the finish we were all worn out and weak but we kept going and felt a great relief when allowed to sit down at the end. It was a great experience that left my legs very weak.

Lee writes:

The team did really well even though we were it a bit slower this time. We did have a larger team, also more younger ones, Toby did continue to be ahead of the team so age is not everything. From check point 1 to 3 was quick then we stopped for food for a while thus slowing the team down. Then again not really stoping through till point 5 for a cake stop. At a hay bale tower between 6 & 7 during our stop we saw an air ambulance land. At this point I had acquired a small tree which I was carrying around until 8 or 9 when it started to slow me down.Overall we all did well, all of us were good company to each other and all had a good time.

Daniel writes:

On Saturday 1st March I and nine other scouts completed the 18 mile Winter Challenge scout hike. We started in the darkness at 7.50 am and moved through the weather until it was sunny at checkpoint 2 and began to cloud over near the end. We ate delicious bacon butties at checkpoint 3 and there were tuck shops selling tasty chocolate bars and drinks at checkpoint 3, 7 and at the end. We had lunch near checkpoint 6 and watched the air ambulance land in the next field. Altogether we had lots of fun and it was a great experience. I would recommend it to other scouts and I would definitely do it again.