At the end of a long week in school or work, there’s nothing better than to put your feet up and relax in front of the tv right?... Not if you’re a Scout! On Friday 23 October ASJ Scout patrols assembled at the Scout Hall to pack the tents and supplies, then head north up the M6 to set-up the weekend camp. The traffic on the motorway conspired against us and it was almost 8pm before we arrived – so the Scouts were setting up a camp in the dark for the second weekend running!
The tents went up rapidly and we were planning routes for the next day, programming GPS way points and nursing mugs of steaming hot chocolate by 10pm.
On this campsite there was no shouting from noisy Cubs to wake us in the middle of the night, as there was last weekend, but there were a lot of unruly pheasants making a racket in the early hours!
The next morning we had a typical camp full English breakfast to provide fuel for the 14-mile circular hike up to Parlick and along the ridge to Fair Snape Fell. The weather was windy and cold but very clear, so there were fantastic views in all directions on the tops. OS maps and compass were used principally for navigation, but GPS were also used to confirm we were on course and to hunt Geocaches en route. This allowed the scouts to gain valuable experience towards their Navigator, Geocaching and Hikes Away badges.
Skip knocked up a, surprisingly, good pasta meal in the evening and we all had just enough energy left for some games of Man Hunt before it was time to light the campfire and eat supper.
The tents were put to the test throughout the night, with driving rain which turned the site into a mud bath by morning! Scouts love mud though, so after breakfast two patrols of scouts went orienteering around the Waddecar site and then return to pack up camp and head home.
All in all, another action-packed fun Scout camp :0)
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