Camping in January? Who’s idea was that?
It’s all part of scouting adventures which is why six scouts from 51st Bath teamed up with eight from the 28th Bath group in Bathampton for a trip to Epping Forest for the annual Wintercamp.
The event was organised by Scout Adventures and held at Gilwell Park, a camp site and activity centre well-known in the Scouting movement
Scouts had to decide for themselves how they would use their time at camp. The mini tanks were popular. The Jacob’s ladder was too, with the scouts working as a team to offer each other a leg up or grabbing on to pull each other up. One enthused: “It was the best thing, I can’t believe we made it to the top!”
Our group travelled up to London by train and across it on the Tube before a 1.4 mile walk to the campsite. All scouts were responsible for their own kit while travelling, demonstrating a degree of independence along the way.
Arriving at night in the middle of winter meant pitching tents in the dark. The combined group of 51st Bath and 28th Bath showed an impressive amount of late-in-the-day team spirit to set up camp.
For some of the group it was their first experience of camp. But a definite success, even if the weather was a bit chilly.