Scouts from the Newbury/Kintbury/Hungerford area recently held a district camp in the fantastic surroundings of the Englefield Estate near Theale. This District Camp, with the kind permission of Richard Benyon and the Benyon family saw over 350 young people enjoy a fantastic 2 day camp. The older Cubs, Scouts and Explorers camped from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and they were joined by the younger Beavers for an action packed fun day on Saturday. Apart from some showers on Saturday morning, the weather was fantastic and all those attending had a brilliant weekend.
The fun filled activity day saw the young people enjoy a wide range of activities including an Army assault course provided by The Rifles, Archery, Laser Quest, Bouncy Castles and other fantastic inflatables - alongside a number of traditional scout activities such as Pioneering - crafts - games etc. The day closed with a traditional camp fire provided by campfire master Bruce Meldrum and attended by everyone on site. Sunday saw the Cubs and Scouts enjoying a traditional it’s a knockout competition while camp sites were being dismantled and packed away.
130 adults, all volunteer leaders and parents, made this weekend possible. Without them and the dedicated organisation committee, none of this would have been possible.
Alison Taylor, District Commissioner for Kennet District said “The young people had a brilliant weekend. There were lots of smiles on faces over the weekend and some very tired young people on Sunday. District camp was a fantastic chance for the young people from the different groups in and to the West of Newbury to come together for a weekend of fun and adventure, learning new skills and making new friends. It was also an opportunity for parents to have hands-on experience of scouting“.