Summer Camp 2018

During the last week of July, 44 members of 1st Woodcutts packed their rucksacks and headed to Guernsey for a week of adventure, challenges, fun and friendship on our annual summer camp.

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 25th September 2018 :: Latest Blog Posts

Guernsey and Woodcutts have a long history together with many camps there over the years. As all of the young people and leaders boarded the ferry at Poole early in the morning and set sail past Brownsea, there was an anticipation it was going to be a special week, but no one could have guessed just how amazing the seven days ahead were going to be.

Once at the campsite, tents were sorted, sleeping bags rolled out and all ready for the activities planned. What does a 1st Woodcutts camp look like? Packed! It looks packed!

There was climbing, abseiling, go karting, kayaking, paddle boarding, days on the beach, evenings on the beach, bbqs on the beach (the sun shone all week – we made the most of it!). Visits to Castle Cornet, the Underground Hospital, Little Chapel, Occupation Museum, Lihou Island, Herm Island, St Peter Port, the hill climb and swimming in the Venus Pool.

Once back at camp there were games late into the evening until bad light stopped play and the normal fun and laughter of being on camp. The intrepid Scouts decided to shun the tents in favour of hammocks in the trees. By the end of the camp all of the young people had slept out under the stars.

A group of the older Scouts planned an expedition on the island. They completed this successfully and in doing so some of them fulfilled the last element required to achieve the Chief Scout Gold Award.

A week later, we were back on the boat and heading home. One last surprise was a private tour of the ferry and a chance to meet the Captain on the Bridge, Hector even having the chance to pilot the boat. Memories and friendships were made that will last a lifetime, thank you to all the young people and leaders who made the week so special.