When I took over as ADC Cubs last year I was given the task of organising a District Cub Camp. I haven’t known of one in our District since I’ve been running Cubs which is well over 25 years. So, 10 months later & resulting in me becoming a complete insomniac, I’m relieved to say that I think it went pretty well!!
84 Cubs arrived in Penycae on the Friday evening and after setting up their tents & embarking on a scavenger hunt the rain began! Fortunately after a quick drink & a bit of cake it soon stopped & a wide game resumed. Amazingly enough the Cubs were all in bed & actually asleep by 11.30 leaving the leaders having to make a bit of noise to keep up appearances with the neighbours.
After a quick breakfast the Cubs hiked approx 3 miles to Cae Llwyd campsite
and the days activities began…..
The Cubs completed their Naturalist & Pioneer badges as well as Rafting, Canoeing & Kayaking, learning different methods of Fire lighting and learning about Birds of Prey.
After lunch we had a couple of surprise presentations by Gordon (the Area Commissioner), the first being to Sion Davies who was presented with his Queen’s Scout Certificate and Roger Cragg then received his Medal of Merit for all of his work as DC over the previous 10 years. The afternoon followed with more of the same & a welcome bus to get everyone back to Penycae.
Later on we had a campfire. Joshua Green (aged 8) said that he particularly liked joining in with the campfire songs but also watching Ashley (CSL 1st Trevor – seen above making rope with orange sleeves!) takeover the ‘Chubby Bunny’ title. He managing to beat the previous record of 29 & took the title with an impressive 33 marshmallows crammed into his mouth & still managing to say ‘Chubby Bunny’ audibly!
Sunday was a similar ’round robin’ of activities……
During lunch time (the highlight of which being the Banana Dolphins) the leaders took over the Bouncy Castle and had a few races – I tell you what, how these kids kept that up for 1/2 hour is beyond me – I think most of us agreed that 1 turn was enough to see us reaching for our chairs!
This was followed by our Ice Bucket Challenge (which can be seen on the Clwyd Leaders Facebook page) and then the activities resumed…..
With so many activities going on over the weekend I was interested to find out which the Cubs enjoyed the most – expecting it to be the Abseiling or Archery, maybe the Rafting or Canoeing? Possibly even the Birds of Prey? But no – on a visit to 1st Johnstown it was the Waterslide, Go Karts & Bouncy Castle!
I have to finish with a huge thank you to all of the leaders who took part & made our first Llangollen District Cub Camp in many years the success that it was – and the next one? Mmmm – we’ll see……..