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May the 4th Be With You (and also with you!).

8 May 2013

Over May Bank Holiday weekend, we had over 40 young people from Nanpantan Scouts join other groups from across Loughborough to join in the District Camp. The site was open on Thursday evening to pitch tents where a number of parents helped put up the large marquee to eat in and patrol tents to sleep in.

Cubs and Scouts arrived on Friday evening and set up their sleeping gear in the tents. Having got themselves ready, Cubs and Scouts made their way to the campfire circle for the opening ceremony where they danced to Purple People Easter and Big Fish Little Fish, played Star Busters (loosely based on BlockBusters) and had an introduction to the camp from the organiser Daft Vader. Once the opening ceremony had finished, they all went on a small hike in order to make sure they all went to sleep that evening – didn’t really work though!

On Saturday, camp was in full swing where everyone got to do different activities, including Archery, Shooting, Bouncing (on a castle) and Backwoods Cooking. Meanwhile, on Saturday our Beavers arrived to join in the fun. They had a number of activities to do too, including crafts, light sabre training. The activities continued on throughout the day. In the evening, the Beavers had their very own campfire while the Cubs and Scouts watched a film and then had a disco.

After another night of little sleep (this time the Beavers woke up early), everyone made their way to the chapel for “Scouts Own” – a short reflective service. Activities then continued throughout the day again. After lunch, we said goodbye to the Beavers and normal chaos then resumed. In the evening, it was the Cubs and Scouts turn to have their campfire. Once it had finished, everyone took the opportunity to have an early night.

Monday morning, the weather was looking good that we could take down the tents dry. All Cubs and Scouts kit were packed in their bags before the activities started up again. While they were off on the activities, most of the tents came down and were packed away.

Lunch time came and the final tents came down, helped by the Cubs and Scouts before the closing ceremony started. A number of awards were giving out and a presentation made to Lorraine, one our Scouts, who designed the camp badge (who unfortunately couldn’t make camp but was collected on her behalf).

Everyone was exhausted by the end of the camp, but everyone was happy and really enjoyed themselves.

Many thanks to the leaders who helped out on camp, the parents that came and pitched/put down tents and most of all, the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts for making this camp great!