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Summer Camp 2017

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.

Eddie wrote:

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.

Photos of the camp are available here.

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.