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Family Camp 2017                                                                          14th-16th July 2017

 

For the second year in a row the 9th Maidenhead Scout Group Family Camp was at the PACCAR Scout Camp site near Chalfont St Peter. This annual event is always great fun and is an opportunity for beavers, cubs and scouts to camp together with their parents and siblings. It’s also a chance for families and leaders to get to know each other better.  

 

The PACCAR site has excellent facilities (including hot showers, a shop and even a few vending machines!). The campsite also provides plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied.

Arrival was on Friday evening and once the tents were up we had a choice of hot dogs, burgers or a chilli and rice supper. A great opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and generally unwind after a busy week.

The following day everyone was up early, campfires lit (usually by Bonnie in our patrol!) and a hearty breakfast was made and consumed. 

During the day children and parents got involved with the various activities. Kicking off with crate-stacking and swiftly followed by pedal-karting, climbing on the traverse wall and yet more crate-stacking.

Family camp represents the ideal opportunity for the Group to hold its Annual General Meeting – given that we have a ‘captive’ audience of parents, leaders and children. By tradition we try to deal with the business of the meeting as swiftly as possible. Details of this year’s AGM are given in a separate news item.

 

By this time, and particularly given the exertions of the day, everyone’s thoughts were turning towards food. Time to open the hay-box! 

The highlight of Family Camp each year is normally Baloo’s bravura camp fire performance. This year, however, we joined up with a group from Letchworth at the Campfire Circle and were treated to TWO bravura performances! One from Baloo and another from the Letchworth leader. 

After all the excitement time to relax with some marshmallow toasting and smores* round the campfire.

 

Thanks, as always, go to Peter Miles our Group Quartermaster for organising the event along with our wonderful group of leaders.

* traditional night time campfire treat popular in the United States

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