At the end of July 2017, 30th Abingdon Scouts went on their annual week-long Summer Camp. Activities included caving, stand-up paddleboarding, cycling, trampolining and swimming, as well as traditional scout skills. The scouts cooked in their patrols each day, on stoves and on open fires.
Leo, a scout, wrote about the caving:
On summer camp 2017 as an activity we went caving in Swildon’s Hole with West Sussex Scout Caving Team. We were split into two groups each group had two instructors, in my group we had Sam and Toby. The caves were public and we went in a little hole in the ground then through this very tight bit called the zig zag. A stream ran through the cave going a long way down and there were some water falls. We went all the way to this place called the 20 foot pot but we did not go down but the other group did. We made our way back towards the top and then through a really tight tunnel into an opening, after that we carried on walking through the caves and up Jacobs Ladder until we found out that we walked in a circle. When we got out we found out that the other group had finished one hour earlier. I would recommend trying caving out and I would like to do it again.
Summer Camp was enjoyable because there was a wide range of activities. Most of all I loved the cycling because it was exciting to go through the tunnels on an old railway line just outside Bath. It was nice to go through an old Roman town. But there were plenty of other things that I liked. It was fun to cook and eat the food. There were some mishaps which made us laugh. We had great fun caving and stand up paddle boarding. I really enjoyed the whole week and would love to go again.
Another scout wrote:
Scout Camp was brilliant; I like that we got to choose what we cooked and what we did. I also enjoyed the sense of community and that every one pitched in to get something done. I liked that there was never moment when you were standing around doing nothing and always had something to do. We also got to do a wide range of activities from cycling to caving which was great fun. I particularly enjoyed singing and playing around the campfire where I got to know several of the Scouts better.