So many people are taking part in virtual camps, to bring people together even though we’re apart.
If you have any pictures, videos or words about your camps, post them on the FaceBook pages for Norfolk Scouts.
All camps are listed numerically by Group number and name, with District events at the foot of the page.
Bringing people together (virtually) when we must remain apart.
Largest camp in the world EVER with 67 countries, over 84,000 people joining in and the final total yet to be announced.
In our Group 53 young people took part by packing their bags, building a shelter and campfire, helping to cook a meal, taking part in a scouty activity and spending the night away from their bed. It was fantastic to see not only our members but so many families get involved.
Very proud of you all. We might even have to virtually camp again!
Between Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd May, 70 members of 1st Fressingfield Scout Group joined together online to attend a Virtual Group Camp.
Over 40 members of the Group and their partnered Explorer Unit went to camp on the moon.
Space Commander Gerry made a series of films to guide the Space Cadets on their mission and everyone had great fun exploring the Scouting Universe.
Beth Roe from 1st Old Buckenham Scouts and Bombers ESU commented on thier virtual camp weekend – We were booked on to the water activities weekend meaning that during late December I booked the weekend of work, and as its a bit stressful working at microbiology / virology at the Norfolk and Norwich right now, what a great opportunity to relax from work and think about something else. We tried to cover some for Norfolk Scouts in the House activities and at the same time do some water activities. Ended up with some science going on, we also shared some for Northumberland scouts “Carnival Marra” activities.
1st Shipdham (Thomas Bullock) Scout Group Camp at home April 30th to May 1st We took part in the camp at home…each member had a camp passport which had been delivered to them…started at 6pm by pitching tents or making a den, then we done a treasure hunt around our houses finding an item for each letter of the alphabet, guess the leader from photos of them as a baby or child, campfire, and then a story which was read to them by two of our leaders. The next morning they had a warm up and an exercise class led by a leader and ended with scouts own. Feedback was that they wanted another one!!!! Tracey
A good breakfast is the essential start to our virtual WAM camp. Looks good.
Just a few of the things 1st W & H Cubs have been up – to including some virtual camping.
75th anniversary VE Day sleepover with 12th King’s Lynn Beaver Scouts.
Decorating dens, preparing tasty treats, clearing up, doing the Norfolk Scouts ‘warm up’ and enjoying a scavenger hunt with the Mayor at our zoom online meeting.
Over the weekend 48 of our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts took part in a ‘Camp in the House’! Everyone joined in with zoom meetings each day, put up their tents or dens, cooked their own meals, took part in a pioneering challenge using marshmallows and spaghetti and created pictures and cards to send to the residents at Amberley Hall Care Home. The final zoom meeting was ‘down under’ in Adelaide with some of the Bloo Rovers from Scouts Australia, the children learnt many facts about Scouting in Australia.
The Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Leaders and families had a brilliant Scouting weekend full of fun.
Comments received from some of the parents –
“Wow what a weekend! I know that Lola and Willow have loved every minute of it and as a family we have had great fun! Some lovely memories made which they will look back on and remember in years to come.
A HUGE thank you to all the leaders and helpers from beavers, cubs and scouts, many of which I know are key workers at this time. Yet they still work hard to keep the children entertained and busy with activities on a weekly basis, which is keeping us all going during this time!
Well done to everyone who took part 12th Kings Lynn Scout group, looking forward to the next one….“
“Thank you to all who made this weekend possible. It was lovely for the kids to see everyone and feel part of the wider community again. We’ve been overwhelmed at the outstanding efforts being made by all the 12th leaders and teams to keep in contact with us and continue to think of new ways to engage and support the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts during these difficult times. Not forgetting the Australia call you managed to pull out of the bag at the last minute! It only proves my point that you all truly care about the kids and their wellbeing. Thank you so much for being there for our kids. It’s not been the easiest couple of weeks for ours, but the interaction with this group has restored some well needed normality and more importantly, smiles.”
At the weekend Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 12th King’s Lynn Scout Group took part in an Australian themed Sleepover.
The children, leaders and families, made dens and put up tents to sleep in at home. On Friday evening the children were set the challenge to recreate a famous landmark of Australia. The children built the Sydney Harbour bridge or the Sydney Opera House using Lego, Duplo or marshmallows and spaghetti.
17th Norwich camp@home complete! Brilliant time, check in 3 times a day and set the activities as a pick and mix!
Tea parties, quizzes, cooked outside, camped/made dens, tried activities, went on virtual visits, went on daily exercise, baked, questioned the CC, made gadgets and laid out kit!
We have Lift off – Eastern Norwich Space camp@home 2020!
Over the Bank holiday weekend during what would’ve been half term, the team at Eastern Norwich, decided to create an experience, that was out of this world, the District travelled to space together, from homemade dens and tents, inside homes or in the garden.
Assistant District Commissioner Gwen said, “The way we thought to run it was to have a dedicated Facebook group and email, for those that don’t wish to use social media, our Facebook group grew to over 300 families taking part, and more as some are sending evidence to their section leaders.
In these strange times, we had requests whether the camp could be undertaken the weeks either side of the main camp, which met with our approval, as our aim was to get the District together, and boy did our wonderful young people and families do just that.
We set a list of 5 activities, that had to be done, put a tent/den up inside or outside and sleep in it for 1 or 2 nights, cook something outside, have a photo taken in the top half of your uniform, go for your daily exercise, wearing your scarf (and if you were self isolating inside), then we asked the Beavers and Cubs to complete 3 more activities and the Scouts and Explorers 4 more activities, we used some of the activities from Pawprint family, Astronaut Challenge pack, and created some of our own, we then had Zoom meetings for each section, where they got to ask Mark Shuttleworth, questions about his time as a cosmonaut, there were some awesome questions.
Some of the activities were:
To find out about Tim Peake, make the phases of the moon, make a space suit for a toy, have balloon rocket races, make a galaxy jar, make space goo/slime, make a constellation, make space ice cream, make a moon base, land a space rover, and learn to moonwalk, we gave ideas for recipes and some of the activities, but how the families interpreted this was down to them, and the ideas that sprung up on the Facebook were fantastic.”
DC, Barry Manley said “I thought I would log on to Facebook to see what was going on, but it’s addictive watching you all, seeing what you are doing to join in”.
Eastern Norwich had over 300 on the Facebook group, from around our district but they also invited 1st Sheringham and Beeston Regis, and some from the Lakenham School group too.
It’s safe to say that Eastern Norwich plus invited guests, came together for a weekend that was out of this world.
Gwen has shared some of the great space themed activities on the Programmes to Share page of the Norfolk Scouts website – have a read and maybe you could blast off into outer space too…
The Southern Norwich District camp at home is well underway, with young people and leaders from all over the District either outside in tents or inside in dens.
We spent the afternoon colouring sunflowers for our blue light services and painting stones to put outside to make people smile.
Now it’s time for camp fires and s’mores.