Scout Winter Camp 2011 was based at the Scout Hut from Friday 2nd December to Sunday 4th December and was enjoyed by twenty three Scouts, four Young Leaders and five adults. We based the camp at the hut to keep costs down so the activity would be affordable to more Scouts.
On the Friday evening everyone was split into three teams and we enjoyed a couple of hours of games and competitions. After supper we watched a DVD on big screen until we turned in to bed in the early hours of the morning.
On Saturday morning we had a fairly early start and some of us had a lot of difficulty in dragging ourselves out of our beds, perhaps we should have took Woody’s advice and got some sleep instead of larking around most of the night! After breakfast we were ready to head off for our day’s activities. Most of us headed off to Solihull Ice Rink in the minibus, as well Leigh’s & Meeky’s cars. Three Scouts plus Jason & Woody headed for Think Tank in Birmingham. Both parties had a great time. The ice skaters enjoyed whizzing around on the ice, and though there was the odd tumble, everyone survived without injury. Think tank was great fun and we had a great time pushing loads of buttons and playing on the telephones in the kiddies village.
After Ice skating and Think Tank we enjoyed some shopping. Around tea time both parties met up by the Bull in the Bullring. We couldn’t climb onto the bull to have our photo took as he had just been fitted with a brand new Christmas Jumper. Bravely we headed off to explorer the nearby German Market. The crowds were horrendous and we spent ages trapped in the crowds unable to move in any direction, but having said that , it was still good fun and some of us succeeded in buying doughnuts !
We were late leaving Birmingham and we had to contact Jo back at the Scout hut to let her know we were late. Jo had kindly volunteered to go up to the Scout Hut and put the pizzas in the oven for us. When we returned to the Scout Hut after an uneventful journey, there was a bonus! Jo had not only put the Pizzas into the oven , but she had also done the jacket potatoes and when we got back to the Scout Hut we were all able to sit down to a slap up feast prepared by Jo. We were all absolutely shattered after a busy day and we were grateful to Jo that she had saved us from doing any cooking. After a quiet couple of hours watching another DVD or just chillin’ with our mates we turned into bed a little earlier on the Saturday night. On Saturday we actually all got some sleep. We were just too tired to muck about.
Sunday morning soon came around and it was time to drag ourselves out of our sleeping bags again. Woody was his usual annoyingly cheerful self, how can anyone be that happy before the sun has even come up? After a hearty breakfast it was time to head off to Rough Close for a day’s worth of activities. For those of you who don’t know about Rough Close it is the Coventry Scout County’s own camp site near Tile Hill. On arrival at Rough Close we played a couple of wide games in the woods. The wide games were organised by Meeky & Leigh with the help of the Young Leaders and were really great fun. After the wide games we did some backwoods cooking, that is cooking on wood fires without any utensils. The Banana Dream Boats were very popular. To cook these we slit a banana and put in some chocolate and then cooked it on the embers in the fire-yummy. We also cooked eggs in orange skins and twists.
Another activity we did while we were at Rough Close was archery in the Maclean Building. This was great fun and some of us got quite good scores. After we finished the Archery and the Backwoods cooking we had another wide game before heading back to the Scout Hut. We were very lucky with the weather on Sunday, it was reasonably warm and there was hardly any rain which was great as we were outside most of the day. The day at Rough Close was organanised by Andy M and we would like to thank him for a great day. When we returned to the Scout Hut t was time to pick up our kit and head off home,, very tired but very happy after another fun weekend.
To close this report a few words by John who is one of our younger Scouts. Winter Camp is a fun filled weekend for everyone. This weekend was the best camp ever. I learned how to ice skate very fast. The new things, learnt how to cook on a fire, how to start a fire and how to use wood shavings to start it. Camping is one of the most fun things you can do and Winter Camp is by far the best camp”
Click the link below to see some photos of our day at Rough Close