The traffic lights have changed and camping is back on!
The 12th took the opportunity to do a short one night camp on the grounds at Elm Ridge (thanks to the church). For some of the scouts this was the first time they have camped for the others it was a chance to get some more nights away for their staged badge. We dusted the tents off, played the game of which bottle has gas in it and setup camp. First night was all about cooking and campfires.
The scouts made a mountain of bolognese, followed by campfire treats and a few wide games in the dark. Highlight of the night was the campfire song written by one of the scouts for their personal challenge badge. You’ll never hear “take me home” the same way again.
After eating our body weight in eggy bread, Saturday involved a #MillionHands activity making planters, followed by a multi-geocaching challenge to crack the hidden code. Scouts went home tired but happy and a few more Outdoor Challenge badges were completed. On to the next adventure.
Carmel Road, take me home To the place where I belong
After what seems like an age on Zoom, the Scouts at the 12th have been out and stretched their legs. It was time to put those navigation skills learned online to use in the real world.
The hike was an opportunity for the Scouts to complete their stage three navigation badge by completing a 10 km walk, and for our older Scouts, the chance to lead and earn their challenge badges.
Our scouts were split into groups of six, with a lead scout in charge of navigation. Early morning meet at Low Dinsdale, a lot of rain and mud and away they went, alone with nothing but a route card, compass, and whistle (possibly a big bag of sweets).
The walk took them across fields, through forests and to potentially face the mighty Sock Burn worm. Teamwork was needed to bring all scouts home safely, with only a few detours on the way.
They returned tired but having used those #SkillForLife, one more adventure done.
Camp@Home was what we needed in this lockdown, for the sections of the 12th Scout Group coming together to Camp in their own homes but joining together with others as the Scouting Movement does so well. Just before lockdown we had our own camp at Kettleness with all the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and we had a great time. But this was different this time it was in our own back yard literary.
We also roped in our parents and they got an insight of what happens when we meet up with our Durham County Scouting Friends.
Durham Scouts did an excellent job from start to finish with their virtual Opening Ceremony to Wide Games (standing in buckets who came up with that LOL??). The Camp fire sing along, Breakfast Club and the Closing Ceremony
The Activities presented by Durham Scouts got our sections involved from Design a Camp Badge to necker flips and Superheroes – the superheroes photos seen on our own FaceBook Page and that of Durham’s were excellent!!!
It was 24hrs of fun and gave all our parents the chance to temporary be a Leader, or was it the parents been taught new things? Did you have a secret midnight snack? Posts by many Leaders and adults on the Durham Facebook Page were a hoot, I think one Leader had the full Chocolate biscuit isle of Morrison’s with him.
Above all the photos and emails received by parents of the 12th Darlington Scouting sections along with the praise, I need to pass on a BIG Thank You to Durham Scouts Organisers and thank you to all that took part the 12th had a Blast !
If any parents wish to help out at section nights or even put a necker and shirt on then just speak to one of the leaders on our return to normality whenever that will be, there will always be Scouting, and whilst we have Beavers, Cubs and Scouts we need Leaders, to carry on the Scout Movement for the future generations.
Below are just a few of our photos submitted over the weekend..