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Summer Camp 2018

Posted on June 26th, 2018 by 1st4thscouts

Both cub packs and the scouts had a successful camp in mid June. The camp was at Birchmere Campsite, a new one for most of the group, which can be hard to find, but with an excellent sign in place there was no problems for the parents dropping off.

 The site is relatively small and located in woodland between the A3 and M25. Despite the proximity of two major roads the site is very peaceful and has a nice ‘remote’ feel.

 The cubs and scouts followed separate programmes for much of the weekend with the cubs cooking pizza on camp fires, hiking to the semaphore tower, playing ‘football golf’ and building ballistas.

 The scouts cooked their own breakfast over fires on both days and did extensive pioneering, including an impressive swing. On the Saturday evening we had a traditional campfire after an excellent barbeque prepared by the catering team. Apart from a brief shower on the Sunday morning the weather held up really well.

 The camp concluded with a brief closing ceremony and flag down.

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Bazzaz 2018

Posted on June 24th, 2018 by 1st4thscouts

Woodland Colony had a fantastic day out to Bazzaz 2018, a triennial event for Beavers and Rainbows from all over Surrey all meeting together at Merrist Wood for a fun packed day of activities, sports and craft events. Favourites included the Spider Man Wall, Zorbbing, Laser Quest, Electric Go Karts, Mega Slides and Caving to name just a few of the hundreds of activities to enjoy in the glorious sunshine.

 

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Hawk Conservancy Visit

Posted on June 5th, 2018 by 1st4thscouts

On 31st May both Lions and Tigers cub packs and the scouts visited the Hawk Conservancy.

The Hawk Conservancy is a charity that concentrates on the education on and protection of all birds of prey (not just hawks). At their base near Andover there are many birds to see and very impressive flying displays.

After an introductory talk about the work of the conservancy we saw the vultures getting their daily feed and learned more about the essential role vultures play in ensuring that the carcasses of dead animals are rapidly cleaned up. Straight after this we saw the first of the day’s displays “Wings of Africa”. This included vultures flying right over the heads of the crowd, so close you could feel the beat of their huge wings. We also saw a secretary bird demonstrate how it would attach a (rubber) snake. The display finished with a recreation of African savannah with fires, rain showers, storks, kites vultures and meerkats among the termite mounds.

The young people extended plenty of energy in the play area and a picnic lunch, we saw the second display “Valley of the Eagles”. This included a peregrine falcon, black kites feeding on the wing and a bald eagle flying from the far side of the valley.

The final display was perhaps the most impressive of all, in a woodland glade with different species of owls swooping gliding right over the heads of the crowd. The highlight was a barn owl flying right in between cubs and scouts stood facing each other.

We were very lucky that the extremely pessimistic weather forecast turned out to be wrong and apart from one shower it stayed dry all day. All the cubs and scouts conducted themselves very well and were a credit to the group.

Thanks very much to Penny, Steve BJ, Anna and Emily for assisting in making the day a great success.

Lawrence Way

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