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Summer Camp 2010: I Did It!

posted 1 Aug 2010, 05:06 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 14:55 ]
Over the last four days at camp we've crammed in a visit to the zoo, a traditional campfire, a night in the woods and a trip to the baths, as our action packed week of adventure came to an end. Yesterday we packed up the truck and headed home to civilisation, sad that the week has come to an end, tired from a non stop week of activities, but happy that we've made new friends and had a great time.

On Wednesday we enjoyed a day at Edinburgh Zoo, scouts were particularly taken by the pigmy hippos, which are about a tenth of the size of a normal hippo. The new born baby pigmy hippo was incredibly cute! We meandered our way around the zoo taking in the power of the big cats, the smell of the penguins and the agility of the monkeys.

Thursday was spent in the woods, constructing a shelter to sleep the night. Scouts worked as patrols to find a site for their bivouac, collect the materials and construct their shelter for the night. Scouts worked hard through the day and by mid afternoon their shelters had taken shape made from fallen trees, bracken and moss ready for the night. At dusk scouts set off from the campsite to their bivvi and bedded in for the night after a widegame in the woods.

A dawn chorus from the woodland birds woke patrols on Friday in their shelters, we the spent the morning in Selkirk for a little shopping and then the afternoon at the swimming baths to get cleaned up. For tea we had our biggest ever BBQ and then sang songs around the campfire as is traditional at a scout camp and was a fitting way to end an excellent week of adventure.

What next? We'll be adding photos and videos online into the members area as soon as possible and we'll be looking for your feedback on this year's camp. If you have any photos you have taken on your own digital camera, please email them into For the next 5 weeks we're on our summer programme, download it here.

Sumer Camp 2010 was made possible by the hard work of a team of volunteer adult leaders and supporters, our thanks go to everyone who made the week happen.