Scouts Survival Skills Camp 2013
A small group of the 5th Carmarthen Scouts took part in the Survival Skills camp this weekend. We had a gloriously sunny 2 days camped in the middle of the beautiful Carmarthenshire Scouts Area Campsite at Cwm Rhaeadr, Llandovery.
Activities included building and sleeping in shelters built from coppiced hazel and ash wands then thatched with moss. The Scouts prepared and cooked a chickpea and butternut squash stew over the fire and then rounded the evening off with a campfire singing session.
Whilst the daytime weather was warm and sunny the night proved unexpectedly chilly with a ground frost in the morning. Despite this the Scouts all slept soundly in their shelters and eventually surfaced to get the fire perked up and cook their breakfasts of boiled eggs and damper.
The camp was then rounded off with a short hike around Cwm Rhaeadr to give the Scouts a chance to navigate their way around without the use of maps and compasses. Many thanks to 1st Nottage Scouts who put up with us sharing their camp pitch due to a misunderstanding on our part and who are there for the rest of the week. I hope the weather remains fine and warm for you all.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 28 May 2013 17:12)
5th Carmarthen Group Family Camp 2013
We have just returned from my 4th Family Camp and it just gets better and better every time. I don’t think any of us were ready to come home (parents or children). What really amazed me this time was the spirit of adventure in all adults and children alike. There were 2 year olds camping and joining in with children of all ages, including explorers and as well as parents there were some grandparents as well, but we did not have to change our plans for any of the activities as they had all been designed as being inclusive for all.
Quite often as parents we stand by and watch as our children have all of the fun, but not this year. It did not matter what the activity was, how muddy the outcome and the price of aching muscles was forgotten as everyone had a go.
The atmosphere was chilled and relaxing, everyone went with the flow and it made for an unforgettable weekend.
I would like to finish by saying that Maggie, the camp cook, was outstanding. She always had a smile on her face, which when catering for over a hundred people in a little oven, is no mean feat. She was there from breakfast to hot chocolate at the end of the day and was an example to us all.
Roll on 2014 !!!
Diane Gilby BSL
Last Updated (Saturday, 11 May 2013 08:45)