Whatton house, Leicestershire Saturday 30 July – Saturday 6 August 2016
[4000 scouts and guides from 24 countries plus leaders]
1st Fleckney Scouts
On the 30th July 11 Scouts and 5 leaders from 1st Fleckney arrived for a week of fun and adventure at Charnwood International Scout and Guide Camp. They arrived on Saturday 30th July to find their tents already up (thanks to 3 leaders who arrived the night before) and ready for them to move in. With nearly 5000 scouts, guides and leaders on site, we were all allocated a sub camp for the week – Fleckney found themselves in the Smashing 70s sub-camp. Cue lots of awesome 70s music to accompany the week!
Events unfolded with the opening ceremony in the big top on Saturday night where each sub camp had a go at their Camp Chant. Ours was based on Rockin’ All Over the World by Status Quo.
Sunday saw a day of Thousand Stars challenges where Scouts had to choose from hundreds of activities around the site and patrols competed to earn stars to win the subcamp trophy. This was a chance to meet others and find their way around the site whilst doing something fun! In the evening was the Charnwood Walk Street Fair with street entertainers, mocktails and candy floss and at which each camping troop provided and ran a game. Our ‘Tin Can alley’ game was a roaring success. Scouts and leaders all had on their 70’s fancy dress and spent all their Charnwood money.
We had 2 scouts compete in Charnwood’s Got Talent. Euan Wright with his tumbling act and Nicolas Wood who performed a juggling circus act. Nicolas got through to the top 6 from over 100 acts in the 70’s sub-camp. He had to borrow some clubs for his act from i-circus, the professional performers. On seeing him juggle, they invited him to learn to juggle with fire clubs! Nicolas practiced with i-circus each evening and he was then asked to perform in the closing ceremony in front of the entire camp – a very proud moment for Fleckney Scouts!
On Tuesday three of our scouts, Kian Cooper, Luke Bowley and Daniel Howells accompanied by Fleckney’s GSL Cathy Howells, were up early, a 0615 wake up call, in full uniform to do flag break for the camp, quite an honour!
Over the week the scouts had different activities to do each day: Diversity; The zone/sub-camp challenge; offsite activity day; Extreme 16; and the Baden Powell challenge.
Diversity involved activities representing different regions from around the world, Crafts [paracord bracelets, turks head woggles, pyrography, glass engraving, fabric painting], performing arts plus exploring the science behind the discovery of Richard iii and the DNA techniques used to identify him.
The Zone – quiet games,table football, pool tables, Wii dance mats and bean bags for a bit of a relax! I-circus – tight wire walking, juggling workshops and fire performance workshop plus stilt walking with Stiff and Stilted.
Sub Camp challenge was an assault course type challenge.
Offsite day – the scouts were all shipped off for the day to Foremark reservoir in Derbyshire where they participated in a wide range of activities including Kayaking, canoeing, sailing, fly fishing, caving, cycling and raft building.
Extreme 16 – inflatable water wars, bungee trampoline, mobile laser maze and scramble nets plus our scouts’ favourite: petrol go karts!
Baden Powell Challenge – back to basics and bush craft plus master at arms and old fashioned games. Roast a pig turned by pedal power, pluck/skin and cook pigeon and rabbit, pizza ovens, archery, shooting and pioneering.
The Fleckney Beavers came along for the day on Thursday. They followed the yellow brick road to discover the site and meet some of the scouts and guides at camp, bounced on bouncy castles and played outdoor games; stamped leather bracelets and decorated t-shirts and ate smores.
Everything there was live music and game shows in the big top and a chance for Scouts to meet up and swap badges in the International Zone. This became very competitive and i expect to see some very elaborate camp blankets in the coming months! We met loads of Scouts from different parts of the world and it was amazing to see them in all their wonderful native dress.
Daniel Howells, 13 said: “It was awesome, I couldn’t choose a favourite activity, it was all so good!”. Matthew Howells, 11, said: “It was very good, my favourite activity was Water Zorbing. I met lots of new people and they were all very friendly”
A fabulous week was had by all, scouts and leaders alike. It was a great chance to try new things, meet people from all over the world and have some good outdoor fun. We can’t wait to do it again!