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10 August, 2013 by webmaster
34 Scouts and Scouters from our Scout Troop and the 1st.Wessex BBS Scout Troop, plus a Beaver attended this year’s Annual Summer Camp that was held on Scubbiscombe Farm, Kingston, South Devon.
The first two days were cold and very windy, but then the weather changed and we enjoyed a beautiful sunny remainder to the week. The camp site was an excellent site for our traditional Scout Troops, miles from nowhere with excellent views across the cliffs of the sea, a woods, a large pond to build bridges across all set in a valley reminiscent of a Scottish Glen as the photograph clearly shows.
Wilf and Shioya Walters the farm owners (both originating from Streatley) made the Scout Troops very welcomed, and arranged really interesting and informative nature walks and tractor rides to discover and explore the beautiful natural environment of this area, as well as learning about the crops grown, feeds and general animal husbandry on the farm. We were very grateful to them for accommodating and entertaining us during the week.
The Scouts also attended the local Kingston Church for their Sunday Morning Church Parade, the church stated that we were the first Scouts ever to attend the church in the hundreds of years that it had been there, and so they made a very special occasion by giving us a very warm welcome and laid on refreshments, even requested a photograph of the Scouts with the congregation for their website, because they had never seen such smart Scouts and were very interested to learn that we, the BBS, uphold the Christian Faith and were still true to the Scout Promise and Law after all they had read in the newspapers about the other Scout and Guide associations.
The Scouts camped in Patrols, each cooking on open fires for themselves and for allocated Scouters, the standard of cooking was very high indeed.
The Scouts also erected a very long aerial runway and other camp pioneering and gadgets; took part in hikes in unfamiliar areas, some even completing their Senior Scout ‘Venturer Badge’ 20 mile hike and having to find their own camp site for the night, all hikes required them arriving at a set time to catch the small hand rowed ferry across the river estuary, the ferry man must have been quite shocked to see the number of Scouts wishing to cross. Everyone agreed that we had had a great camp and are looking forward to next year’s Annual Summer Camp.