Unfazed by recent inclement weather, twelve Scouts attended the annual Activity Camp. The Friday evening saw the Scouts meet at the Scout hut, beginning the weekend with enthusiasm and excitement. The hour-long journey to our venue for the weekend did little to quell the enthusiasm. 12 excited Scouts quickly made themselves home in their weekend
accommodation. Pybus is a new venue on our rotation. It offered indoor accommodation, keeping us warm and dry. The site also offered space for camping. Given the state of the ground
following recent snow and rain, it was probably a relief that we were not camping this weekend. The Friday evening was a relaxed affair; with a warm drink, muffin and film night to ease the Scouts into the weekend.
Saturday morning saw the Scouts enthusiastic to start the day, endeavouring to ensure they were awake prior to the sun rising. A breakfast of cereal and pancakes followed an early kit inspection; aimed at ensuring the Scouts were prepared for the weekend, whilst having slept somewhat in preparation for the weekend ahead. The morning was spent learning about various aspects relating to the planning and preparation of Expedition. This included map work, bag packing, and route planning. The Scouts also put some theory into practice with basic navigation skills on site. Lunch was consumed on site, and after packing rucksacks, we set off to nearby Roseberry Topping. Roseberry is a popular hill sitting between Teesside and North Yorkshire; affording fine views in clear weather. Splitting into two groups, moving in opposite directions, the Scouts walked a
circular route taking in the summit of Roseberry Topping. By happy coincidence, both groups met on the summit; before the descent back to the minibus. Returning to base, the Scouts had some down time prior to the always popular evening meal of pasta and meatballs. This was followed by a generous portion of celebratory birthday cake.
The evening saw the Scouts complete an orienteering course on site in the dark; practicing their navigational skills, whilst overcoming the on site mud and dark skies. The evening concluded with a quiz and supper of hot dogs.
Sunday morning arrived with clear skies and bright sunshine. Breakfast of cereal and sausage sandwich was served and well enjoyed by all. During the morning, the Scouts learnt about geocaching, and planned a route to visit several geocache sites surrounding a local town. This enabled the Scouts to learn about completing route cards, and route planning. Leaving the site for the final time, we headed to the nearby village. We took a short walk to Captain Cooks monument. Hear we enjoyed the fine views as we ate our packed lunch. The Scouts also looked for and found a nearby geocache. Sadly, time was against us. We headed back to the minibus and returned back to Crawcrook.
The weekend went well and the Scouts enjoyed themselves. It was great to see a weekend of Scouts working hard, yet enjoying themselves. Not only will they come away from the weekend tired, and probably a bit smelly; but hopefully they will have learnt some map reading, navigating, and orienteering skills. These skills will stand them in good stead for future Scouting activities.
Finally, thanks to everyone who helped make the weekend a success; from the Scouts who participated wholeheartedly, to the leader team who worked tirelessly planning the weekend, and ensuring the Scouts were fed, watered and constantly offering a varied and interesting programme.