Thorne 62nd Scout Group ran their summer camp last month at Squirrel Wood, a scout campsite in Burghwallis, Doncaster.
After weeks of wet weather, the group were lucky to have a mainly dry few days aside from a little rain overnight on the Friday evening.
“The whole event is a family affair with parents, children, leaders and volunteers all taking part in camping and activities”, said the scouts’ Zoe Geary. “There was lots going on all weekend. It started off with a bat walk on the Friday evening, where we were lucky enough to see Pipestrelle bats.
“During the day there were a range of activities for all age groups involving nerf guns, archery and axe throwing. Shout out to Helen who scored a perfect bullseye in archery.”
Zoe continued: “In true jungle style we held our own bushtucker trials where the kids and adults competed, we had some pretty gruesome food for the eating trials including crickets, mealworms and ‘vomit’, which was rice pudding and cottage cheese.”
“We also took part in some traditional scout activities such as weaselling, orienteering and making catapults. For lots of those attending it was their first camping trip and first time ever staying under canvas. The children that attended can use this event towards their Nights Away badge.”
Zoe added: “Our summer camps are always a fantastic family event with the whole family, including siblings, parents and grandparents. All activities involve the whole family, and each family competes for the grand prize. This year our jungle winners were Lorraine, Dave, Amelia and Olivia and they were crowned Queens and King of the jungle. As always, our events are run and organised by our hard-working leaders and volunteers and supported by local businesses. We would like to thank Cossgrove Associates for their use of a van, without which the event would not be able to take place, and Dining Divas for their discounted catering equipment for our wonderful spaghetti bolognaise meal.”