This weekend (11th-12th July) I am taking part in a Scout camp and I can’t wait. Since lock down started, one of the things I’ve missed the most, is not seeing my Beaver Scouts face to face, at their weekly meeting. We are lucky to have a very supportive group that has helped me keep Scouting during a weekly zoom Beaver meeting. But camping is what I love most about Scouting.
With sleepovers and trips to camp grounds cancelled, my Group Scout Leader decided to organise a virtual Scout Camp. Within days of it being planned, the official UK Scouts announced plans to host their own Great Indoors Weekender. Which means every Scout and even if you are not a Scout, can join a fun weekend of activities encouraging Skills for Life, with special celebrity guests and more.
There will be den building, compass coding, camp fires and even a bed time story. The great thing about it all being online is you can dip in and out of whichever activities you feel like participating in. You could also use it as inspiration to plan your own camp. Set up air beds in the living room, or dust the tent off and see if you can all spend two nights in it. I know we’ve all spent the last 3 months together within 4 walls, but mixing it up a bit might add some more fun to your weekend.
The little dude and I will be using the time to brush up on his Cub skills before face to face Scouting returns. He really wants to master using a fire steel, so he will be our camp fire starter for the weekend. I am looking forward to some tasty S’mores.
If you do join in this weekend, make sure you use the hashtags #TGIWeekender #TheGreatIndoors. It would be great to see lots of people joining in