Head for the hills!

Originally planned for October 2023 but delayed by an Atlantic storm 12 intrepid scouts headed for North Wales in May to get some proper experience of the Snowdonia mountains and real hill walking. The target was the classic route of Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach via The Devils Kitchen. A classic North Wales route!

Spring term 2024

January came and it was time to shake off the Christmas cobwebs and so what better way to spend the coldest month of the year than head off to camp? The Tolmers Fire and Ice weekend was spent as part of a district contingent and meant everything from er…. fire to er…. ice and of course a woodland disco!

Meanwhile back at the HQ we had a curry night to warm everyone up and finished term with the district incident hike run by our friends at the university scout and guide club

 

A coastal ramble

As July drew into August and our various international contingents made their way home a contingent of scouts from both troops headed off to somewhere a little closer to home for a hike a long the Norfolk Coast.

Friday night saw us hosted by our friends at 1st Sherringham Sea Scouts who we would like thank for their brilliant hospitality! Saturday saw our intrepid gang first encounter a seal basking in the sun at Sherringham life Boat House before we headed along the coast.

Hiking is all very well but when its a sunny day…. and you happen to come to the beach at Cromer early afternoon… what else can you do but go for a swim? Even if the north sea is a touch fresh! Fully refreshed the scouts headed along the increasingly remote and beautiful coast reaching Mundesley for fish and chips and epic stone skimming competition on the beach at dinner time.

We were hosted for the evening by the very hospitable village hall and would like to thank them for the excellent accomodation 🙂

Sunday saw the scouts head in land and navigate their way through the Norfolk countryside to North Walsham, tired but very proud of a long trek well completed.

Wet round the ears

As March drew to a close the scouts spent a weekend at one of our regular haunts of Thriftwood in Essex. As well as shooting, archery and the eipc bunking bronco it was one of the soggiest camps we’ve had in a very long time. There were questions as to whether we should be awarding the swimming badge to the survivors….

London Calling!

In March our scouts entered 4 teams in the national scout and guide Monopoly run in London. A day of running around the capital as thousands of scouts and guides from across the country swamped the capital. Weirdly our team who had an adult who had never been to London before did best of all…..

Kip on a Ship

With our usual start to the year, the annual mud bath that is Gilwell’s world famous winter camp cancelled this year it was time to find something different for this year. And we found HMS Belfast! The Second World War cruiser, now part of the Imperial War Museum, welcomed 40 of our scouts aboard for the night, where they crewed the bridge, created morse code transmitters, manned the guns and got as taste of what life on the Arctic convoys was like.

Going light weight

After an epic summer camp where the scouts and explorers took every stitch of canvas we could lay our hands on it was time to get back to basics in October with an easy going camp in glorious autumn sunshine. A gentle hike into Copley campsite in St Ives, camp by the river and burn a load of food on the fires. What could be better to round off camping season?

Summer camp is back!

July 2022 and summer camp very much a come back for the group! With 2020 and 2021 being badly affected by the pandemic it was the first time for 3 years that our scouts and explorers were able to make the most of a full week away which took them to Hawkhirst on the banks of Kielder Water in Northumberland.

Kielder Forest is one of the most remote places in the UK which gives great opportunity for everything from mountain biking to sailing and hiking to canoeing. It is also a place of outstanding beauty and wild life where the scouts were able to see everything from the very small like Great Crested Newts to the enormous, our site being circled by a magnificent Osprey regularly over the week.

All the photos of a fantastic week below 🙂