Last weekend saw North East Norfolk District Beaver Scouts held their first ever Jungle Book themed District camp under canvas at Eaton Vale Activity Centre in Norwich.
Alison Smith (Assistant District Commissioner for Beaver Scouts) said that it took a year to plan the camp along with Rosie Burrell who she has worked with since 1998.
The camp was an enormous success with 83 beaver Scouts camping, along with 8 Young Leaders. and 61 Adult volunteers.
The Beavers arrived at camp on Friday evening from 6pm were their tents were already pitched. The Beavers then set out their bedding in their tents and took part in an opening ceremony whilst in uniform, followed by a campfire with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Camp was quiet by 10pm.
Saturday started with a typical camp breakfast of a full English, with toast, cereals and fruit. Then the Beavers moved onto the activities of the day.
Saturday’s activities were archery, air rifle shooting, canoeing, crate stacking, traverse wall climbing and backwards cooking. The day was then finished off with a BBQ for tea and a film of the Jungle Book or some quiet time colouring. There was also a birthday celebration as Alison turned 50yrs young!
Sunday began with a similar breakfast to Saturday and then onto activities. Sunday offered grass sledging, pedal go karting, keyring making, crafting, human football and some colouring and word searches.
Roger Smith (Deputy District Commissioner for North East Norfolk) took the lead fo the catering for the camp. He had a team of 8 adult volunteers who catered for everyone over the weekend.
Roger and his team were planning the menu for the camp 4 months prior to the event. The menu was extremely balanced with challenges such as dairy and lactose intolerance’s. Roger and his team still managed to deliver a healthy and balanced menu for everyone on camp
We also managed to catch up with Marylyn (Trustee of Norfolk Scouts and County Advisory Committee Chair) and chat to her about why she volunteered for the camp.
Marylyn told us that she was involved in the planning of the camp and helped to source the badges for the event through her contacts she has made through the Norfolk International Jamboree.
Marylyn was running the craft tent at the camp and making elephant masks with the Beavers.
Marylyn enjoys working with Beaver Scouts, and this was what attracted her to volunteering to help at the camp over the weekend.
Alison concluded that the camp had been a great success and thanked all of the adult volunteers for dedicating their weekend to supporting the Beaver Scouts and that she hopes to arrange another District Camp in 2 years’ time.