Centenary Camp Explorers Report
Report of Chipping Sodbury Scout Group’s Centenary Camp, dated May 2nd to May 4th 2014, written from an Explorer point of view.
The weekend started much like any other, except for the fact that it was sunny. Friday brought on a deathly hush, as the children dropped off their kit bags and left, ready for the following day. A quiet evening ensued, free of children and abundant with chips and prawn crackers. A sub-zero night of restless shivering followed, some were kept awake by the sheer volume of children that would soon descend on the camp and others shaken awake by the chilly night air.
Saturday dawned bright and relentlessly sunny, as the explorers gathered at their posts, ready to supervise the various Scouts, Cubs and Beavers that deigned to play on our well-crafted rope bridge, assault course and our Tower of Magnificence. The tower truly was a beautiful sight; this reporter would go so far as to say it was monumental. Many visitors came and went throughout the day, learning much about the rich heritage of the 1st Chipping Sodbury Scout Group and eating our delicious snacks.
Saturday evening brought on a wonderfully roaring camp-fire, along with campfire activities which Andrew Scully had delightfully prepared. It was indubitably a success among everyone and was a great way to end a fabulous day; despite the undeniable fact that everyone was horrifically sunburnt. Another freezing night came, which was accentuated by a lovely 6.30am wake-up call from many restless Beavers. Sunday was mostly packing up and it gave the Explorers a chance to try out all the activities for themselves, which were exceedingly brilliant, of course.
Sunday evening brought on a night much like Friday, but with better food and raucous entertainment. The overall comment on the weekend was that it was unmistakeably one of the best camps for a long time. The amount of activities and campers surpassed that of many other camps and was unequivocally a resounding success for everyone involved.
Many visitors felt compelled to comment on the impeccable parade which was executed with poise, precision and unbounded bravery in the face of a boiling sun when everyone had dressed for chilly weather. The troops and leaders have all come away with a special Centenary neckerchief to commemorate the special weekend, and will ensure they remember it forever.
By Claire Denning