Buzz #3 – Borough Camp

Date: 9th Jul 2019 Author: Phil Hunt

Making friends, making memories and making rope …

An awesome Borough Camp weekend 2019! Thank you Sally and the team from the Guides for organising another brilliant event.

I managed to meet many new people and catch up with lots of existing Leaders and volunteers amongst the 900 campers from all over the Borough. It was a delight to see the beaming faces of hundreds of happy youngsters. At camp were young people from 20 Scout Groups, 7 Guide and Brownie units and there were 2 Explorer Scout sub-camps. And, for the first time we officially welcomed Rainbow Guides and Beaver Scouts as day visitors.

In additional to the usual wall-to-wall sporting competitions and the site ‘queue and do’ activities (new for this year – High Ropes! Epic!) this year’s activities included a range of brilliant Just-for-Fun things to do and make as well as #SkillsForLife and badge-earning zones. Far too many to list here! Highly popular was the Top Trumps activity, air rockets, anything to do with fire and – get this, in the Pioneering Zone – making rope! I didn’t know you could make rope. I’ve never made rope before. But now, and thanks to Steve’s ingenious homemade twine twisting device along with scores of young people I made rope, I learned how long a piece of string is and I’ve fulfilled one requirement of the Cub Pioneering badge. Yaay!

Borough Camp is also a great place to advance our Amazing Leaders. Lots of training conversations happened and a record eight Nights Away Permits were gained over the weekend, allowing even more residential opportunities for our young people. Borough Camp is an Amazing place on so many levels! And as for the campfire … really well done to Jasmine, Rich, John, Tim and all the young people who joined in and made it a memory to keep – at least for a week or two!
There are just too many people to thank here for their contribution in making Borough Camp a great event, but you know who you are.

Now my thoughts are turning to planning our District Conference in September and, of course I’m looking forward to reading about the galaxy of Summer Camps happening this summer.

Oh – and if you’re a member, do have a look at the new pages about Overnight Adventure Peter has posted which links to UK campsites, Scout centres and some forthcoming Big Events in the UK and abroad.

Happy camping everyone!


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