1st Astwood Bank Scouts

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abseiling Peak 05


Winter Camp 10

A new camp site, we tried geocaching for the first time, the hike was longer than expected, Scout made beefburgers were voted yummy and a wide game demanding stealth and cunning was voted a success. Photo now in the 2010 Smugmug gallery

January Camp 10

A repeat of the December camp but this time there was snow on the ground! The Scouts had learnt something from the December camp and most stayed a bit warmer.

December Camp 09

A cold, but not frosty, night under canvas for the Dragon award. Breakfast in a bun was voted a success - particulary the lack of washing up!

Operation Bald Eagle
October 09

Well done to the eighteen Scouts who took part in Operation Bald Eagle. Congratulations to The Black Dragons who won the Teddy Bears night base. All completed the night hike and worked hard at the day bases. The weather was unusually kind and we were saved from the usual mud bath! Pictures are now up in the Smugmug gallery

September camp
September 09

Back to basics camp at Bearley and Snitterfield. Cooking on wood fires, playing in the woods and the inevitable wide game which was a first for some.

August 09

What a week. Fun, festivities and friendship. Notable for the painted fingernails and painted faces, the fantastic activities and the social life in the evenings.

Narrowboat Weekend
March 07

Six Scouts and four leaders took to the Stratford canal for a trip up to Hatton Country World and back. Notable moments were the geese trying to eat Tom for breakfast, the new look aprons, the fantastic pizzas cooked by the Scouts and the geese (again) who looked for all the world as if they were going to get onto the boat.

Winter Camp
March 07

Postponed from February when the snow made it impossible for anyone to get out of their drive this camp eventually took place in March at Hatton Scout camp site. The camp was notable for the visit from the local policeman who gave us a parking ticket for the Scout car - a remarkable team effort - for the hail storms on Sunday and for the wind on the Saturday night. These Scouts will now always check the direction of the prevailing wind before pitching tents!

24 Hour Games Marathon
December 06

Well it seemed like a good idea in January! Never seen so many different Monopoly games and that was definitely THE game of the day. Well done to those Scouts who stayed up for the whole 24 hours and well done to all for raising over £170.

Night Hike
November 06

The rain wasn't planned and we all got soaked but what's a bit of rain? Great hike from Studley Castle, via Coughton and back to the hut. Hot dogs and cocoa before bed.

Operation Bald Eagle
October 06

Not as muddy as some we've been on and lovely weather for the night hike. Don't think we've ever seen the Scouts so tired!

Chief Scout Gold Award Challenge Camp
September 06

Three Scouts at Blackwell Court. They did eat eventually and if the pasta fell into the washing up bowl the washing up liquid only added to the flavour!

Chamboree 06
August 06

What a great week. Water activities, a day on the 'beach' (specially imported for the week), global activities, craft and much more.

Peak 05
29 July - 6 August

For summer camp we went to Peak 05 in the grounds of Chatsworth House. We arrived after an eventful journey (only 2 punctures and the loss of the jockey wheel!) and with some skilfull tent pitching managed to fit onto our allocated site.

The week was jam-packed with activities including abseiling, canoeing, rafting, sports competitions, silly races, sailing, mountain biking, circus skills, crafts, music, making friends - not to mention the discos, talent shows and other evening activities.

During the week we made friends with Scouts from Nigeria, Sweden and Ireland together with others from many parts of the UK - our international cream tea was a great success.

The return journey was uneventful and quiet with the air full of zzzzzz's

15-17 July

Eight scouts and three leaders took to the local canals on the 12 berth narrowboat Centenary. Numerous locks, several 3 (ish) point turns and lots of bridges were all successfully negotiated. Scouts took their 'medicine' (coca-cola) without complaint and no-one fell in.

Malvern Challenge
1 - 3 July

Another great weekend from the MC/SR team. Astwood Bank had three teams of Scouts who tackled the route and all completed the walk and all the bases.

Well done to the five-a-side football team who entered the sports competition and won several of their matches. After the disco it was time to watch the fantastic firework display and then to bed.

Sunday saw the usual array of crafts and activities for all to try.

After lunch time to strike camp, attend the presentations and closing ceremony and then home.

The camp will be memorable for the interesting combination of sugar from the jam donuts getting onto all the rest of the lunch - on both days.

Giant SleepOver
18 - 19 June 2005

A hike memorable for the cows bunched in front of the only exit from the field and for the Andrex fluffy slippers which were just what was required after soaking the tired feet in cold water on the return from the walk.

After tea we had a camp fire with the mandatory toasted marshmallows and were happy to welcome the DC who joined us for a short time.

Craft bases kept us busy for quite a while and then it was time for a DVD and bed although the night was too short for the leaders.

After breakfast on Sunday it was time to go home.