August 2014 - Summer Camp
Our third Summer Camp was definitely the best so far, and the most adventurous. We went to the heart of the Lake District stating at the beautiful scout camp site called Great Tower. We can only give a small taste of the exciting week here, but this and the photos should give you a good idea of the week's activities.

First the bad news... everyone was woken at 7.30am every morning! On the plus side, that meant that everyone was ready and leaving to do an activity by 9.30am.

Sunday - Everyone went down tiny rocky holes in the middle of a moor, in the pouring rain and wriggled and crawled about through tiny, wet tunnels and slid down rocky slides into rock pools. Not as scary as you would imagine in fact, far more exciting and wonderful than it sounds.

Monday - climbing up and abseiling down a large cliff of rock jutting out of the hillside. Coming down is always scarier than going up for some reason. Then we went to the town of Windermere to explore and do some shopping.

Tuesday - mountaineering on a challenging hike to two 800m peaks, or, a day on Lake Windermere in boats and on rafts. The mountaineering was done in almost perfect summer conditions.

Wednesday - Ghyll scrambling along a mountain river, up and over natural weirs and waterfalls and through pools.

Thursday - mountaineering on a challenging hike to two 800m peaks, or, a day on Lake Windermere in boats and on rafts. The mountaineering was a total challenge in real mountain weather! 1st Crawley beat another troop in the rafting race.

Friday - a 6 mile hike near Grassmere on Loughrigg Fell taking in climbs, moors, a huge open cave, Skelwith Force waterfall and part of the Cumbrian Way.

Saturday - everyone cleaned and tidied the lodge and packed the minibus. We left at 11:10am and arrived at the hut at 6:40pm. On top of all that there was free time in the woods of the Great Tower site, a scavenger hunt, a costume making competition, a fire and the great marshmallow game of Chubby Bunny!

Food for the week included; roast chicken dinner, spaghetti with chorizo and pesto, korma curry with rice, backwoods cooking, Cumberland sausages with Yorkshire puds with mash and home-made pizza with chips. All were served with a large salad, fruit and fruit juices. Breakfast usually consisted of a choice of cereals, juice, fruit, tea, toast and a cooked dish - egg on toast, bacon on waffles with maple syrup, gypsy toast or porridge.

During the week everyone had a chance to cook and everyone helped with washing up and cleaning. Everyone also had hands-on contact with the Lake District National Park's stunning environment; over water, over land and even underground.

The camp went without a single hitch and we had virtually no health, behavioural or safety issues during a very challenging week of exhausting outdoor pursuits. Everyone returned with all four limbs, a bag of wet clothes and a big smile on their face.

A huge thank you to Andy, Tim, Karen, Alex, Genna and Harry, the camp would not have happended without the leadership team - you are all stars! Now to start planning next year's adventure...