So we landed at camp ‘Lesley Sell Activity Centre’ Bedford at 6.30pm. First job was to put up all the tents, by the time we finished it was dark. Instead of finishing before the dark as planed we carried on in the dark. Putting tents up by torch light is not as easy as it sounds, there should be a badge for it. After flag pole we played a game that no one understood, but one of the objectives was to collect carrots – my team got 3! Then we met for hot chocolate and hot dogs, they were very good. Around 10.30pm it was lights out. It rained quiet a bit in the night so we didn’t get much sleep. Most of the tents were put up in a rush so we finished them off in the morning. Breakfast was good, Eggy bread and cereal, lucky for me as eggy bread was my favourite.
We then all split into our chosen badge groups. Mine was astronautics, I paired up with Kabir. The first half we made model rockets with instructions and launched them. I launched ours, it went really high. You launched them by putting a gunpowder engine in the bottom, closed it with a cap and then pressed a button which sent an electric charge down the wire which ignited the engine (gun powder). We have a lunch break – with a choice of sandwiches (cheese for me), crisps, penguin & fruit.
After lunch we made our own rockets which were supposed to go up quite high because we used a bigger engine, but none of them did. Most of them span around in circles and smashed into the floor. These rockets were meant to protect a quail egg and most of them did believe it or not. But the funniest thing was when one rocket launched and left the egg behind, we all burst out laughing, it was funny to see.
We had vegetable curry for dinner and cake and custard for dessert. I don’t normally have cold custard, but it tasted really good. It really rained hard and we all met up in the activity hut to play the ‘city game’. It was okay, but we were all a bit tired by then. Jacob was so tired he fell asleep on the chair. We all went to bed, it rained again in the night and the tents took a battering. The girls one almost collapsed and another one leaked badly.
We had porridge for breakfast, which I don’t like so I just had cereal as there was still plenty of that. We made our packed lunches, mostly the same as yesterday and then did a multitude of activities…I was quite glad as I wasn’t looking forward to doing the hike. We stopped again for lunch and then carried on with all the activities. My favourite activity was when we all stood on a strip of cardboard and we had to flip over so we were standing on the other side with out stepping off onto the ground. Back at camp, the adults were putting down the tents and we helped to do the last few when we finished for the day. It was great fun drying out the inside of one of the tents, that was a cool game in itself. I thought we were going to take off! When all of the other troops had left, 27th played a massive game of capture the flag. We then went home.
Written by Hayden
Summer camp was very fun, it had to be one of my favourite camps. With sailing, wobble-boarding, dragon boating and raft building as activities it was very enjoyable and I would love to go again.
The walking journeys there and back were rather nice, not too far, but on the way there it was hot and drinks weren’t easily accessible. On the way back we took a shortcut through some woods so the journey was even shorter. On the train back we had to be shuttled on a coach to Stansted and then got a train from there.
We went to the ESSA water sports centre near Broxbourne in Hertfordshire where we did a range of activities. Sailing was the main part of our activities. Running over 2 days, we did ‘RYA youth stage 1’. The first day, water almost completely calm. We split up in to two groups, the taller in the 3 man ‘Picos’ and the shorter in the 2 man ‘Toppers’, I was in the shorter. To start with we had a paddler and someone at the tiller. We had to do some challenges to get us used to the boat and balancing it. In the afternoon we learnt the parts of the boat and did capsize drills.
The second day was all sails out and off we went. We sailed around, some of us on our own and some of us not. We did follow the leader, sail to the buoy, getting out of irons and lots more.
On the third day of activities, we did 3 activities: wobble-boarding, dragon-boating and raft building. Wobble-boarding consisted of me and Jakob paddling around whilst standing up on a surfboard. We fell in lots of times and the surfboard capsized once when we were trying to get back on. Dragon boating is where you paddle in time to the drum which the drummer is beating. I was the drummer and the seat was very wobbly. Raft building was successful for some but not for my group. Our raft was falling apart on the first race and fell apart on the second.
The food was very nice we had a hot option for breakfast and always cereal and bread, at lunch we had normal sandwiches and at tea we had a range of meals.
Overall I think that everyone enjoyed summer camp and had a wonderful time.
Written by: Micah
With a few of our Scouts and leaders being regular parkrunners, it seemed a great opportunity to introduce the other Scouts and parents to parkrun. We agreed a day when our troop would “take over” the event at Coldham’s Common – this would mean we filled most of the volunteering slots as well as taking part in the run.
parkrun is a weekly timed run, taking place a thousands of locations worldwide on a Saturday morning. Encouraging fitness, fun, volunteering and community, it is a fantastic fit with Scouting. Anyway, after a slow start to signing up, we ended up with 26 volunteers and about 15 runners promising to come to the event.
On the morning of the event it was an early start: 8:30am. Luckily everyone arrived and were briefed on their roles. The marshalls set off to their positions and then it was the turn of Owen, one of our Scouts, to brief all the first-time runners on what to expect. Micah, another of our Scouts, was the (shadow) run director and briefed everyone on the course conditions before starting the clock.
It was great to have our Scouts out as marshalls – they did a really good job of encouraging all the runners. The finish funnel was also expertly managed by Scouts George, Esmé and Sienna.
Running 5km is always a good excuse for a treat and many Scouts and parents had baked yummy cakes which we were selling to raise money for Jimmy’s Cambridge.
Micah also wrote the run report which can be read here, and Finn and Otis have committed to running and volunteering at parkrun over the summer towards their Personal Challenge badge. All in all, a fantastic morning and we look forward to doing something similar next year.
Owen briefing the first-times
on the 7th of july the 27th scout group did an environmental project day in which there was 3 different activities.
1. A litter-picking session,
2. a church clean up and hedgehog home making session and
3. A garden makeover.
I was part of the garden makeover.
Before makeover, the whole garden, a bush
When we saw that we were meant to level this, i’m sure a few of us felt a little disheartened. But does that stop the 27th scouts? No it doesn’t. So we set of on the 2 hour makeover and sure enough, we started to make good progress. Discovering a part of the garden that had probably not seen sunlight for the better part of 3 years was interesting as there was a long forgotten water butt and a packet of unopened magic stars that were long out of date. Also, we had a little competition, Who can find the weirdest thing? Ranking 1st came a bird table which had been swallowed up by the bush. Ranking 2nd was a thermal jacket.
After about an hour we had finished a little more than half the garden and we were feeling proud. And for some reason, we were asked to keep the bush at the back of the garden. So we decided to keep it in style, we gave it a bowl cut (no bowls used). Soon we found that our Madingley Mulch cutting bags were full, so we did what was necessary and jumped on them. At the end of the session it was impossible to recognise the garden as it was before and we were ready for the AGM (annual group meeting) barbecue.
After the garden makeover:
Written by: Gabriel
On the weekend of 8 & 9 of June the 27th Scout troop went on an expedition camp to Danemead campsite near Broxbourne. In preparation each patrol were given a budget to buy their own food and arrange their own travel to the campsite. All patrols decided to take the train to Broxbourne station and walk the rest of the way.
When we arrived on site we first had to put up camp, for us that was the hammocks but other patrols had to set up tents.
Then it was time for dinner, but first we had to cook the food on the stoves, some of which did not work so some patrols had to cook on the open fire instead.
After dinner we all enjoyed the big camp fire with songs and games for entertainment.
After a good night s sleep it was time to make our breakfasts and lunch and then pack away the camp before the walk and train journey back to Cambridge.
Overall it was a very good camp and everyone had a great time.
Written by: Charlie
On Sunday 12th May the 27th Scouts met up at the train station meaning to go to Ashwell&Morden but annoyingly the trains were cancelled so the leaders had to look at the map and decide were to go. Once they had decided where to go we split into groups (we got to decide who we were with). When it was our turn we set off. We all took turns reading the map. We went through Grantchester then Barton then Coton. When we got to our lunch point we had a break and had lunch which was around 30 minutes then all of the groups set off again. We were last but that turned out to be a good thing because we had to go through a rifle range and they were shooting so the other groups had to go back but we didn’t so we were then in 1st place. When we were outside the rifle range they weren’t shooting so we went round the long way for nothing. We went through fields and fields and fields then somehow we were in the city center. We were all really tired so we took a bus back to the train station.
Written by: Jacob
On Tuesday 30th April we had a MasterChef evening. Each patrol picked a celebrity and cooked food to do with their chosen celebrity. There were celebrities like Bear Grylls, Steve Jobs, Jamie Oliver, Beyoncé, Elon Musk and Gino D’Acampo.
The guests got to vote on the best savoury dish, the best sweet dish and the best table wow factor. The guests were made up of parents, scout leaders from other troops and some former scouts. We had two hours to prepare everything! Falcon patrol won best savoury dish with burritos, Mexican rice, salsa and guacamole. Cobra won the best sweet dish with tiramisu. Their table also won the best table wow factor. Other dishes included apple themed food on the Steve Jobs table, halloumi fries on the Jamie Oliver table, tomato soup on the Elon Musk table, vegan cheesy garlic bread on the Gino D’Acampo table and buffalo worm brownies on the Bear Grylls table.
Whilst the guests went round trying food there was a slide show of pictures showing events from the last year of scouts.
We worked hard and it was a fun evening. The guests also enjoyed the delicious food.
Written by: Kirsten
The PL and APL Camp is an annual camp where the leaders of the patrols go to practice scouts skills for themselves without having to watch their groups. Camp lasted from Saturday 30th March to Sunday 31st March and this year we cycled to a remote campsite in between Wicken Fen and Anglesey Abbey with platforms to sleep on. I enjoyed the camp with it’s scouting activities such as estimating distances and the height of trees. The PL/APL’s led the activities and helped to cook meals under the supervision of the troop leaders. I like this camp because it gave me the opportunity to practice my skills in a small group of scouts at the same age as me.
Written by: Tomas, PL Eagle
This Saturday, 9th of March, the 27th Cambridge Scout troop headed to Linton Village Hall, to take part in a hike.
There were 42 teams at the event in all, and there were eight points to get through (A,B,C,D,E,F,G,HQ). We all started from different points at different times, with an interval of ten minutes between teams. At B,D and F there were activities, at the others was an unmanned cone where you had to pierce the mark sheet. For Base B you had to complete a logic puzzle in which you had to move a stack of rings but could not place a bigger ring on top of a smaller one. Base D was another logic puzzle, where you must retrieve ducks which are out of reach, and you are given equipment such as a baseball, two small lighter balls, a pair of oven gloves, three pieces of rope, a water gun and a spade. At Base F we had to deal with a first aid situation, one conscious and panicking, the other which needed CPR, and we also practised using a defibrillator on a dummy. The weather was changeable, it was sunny, then windy, then back again, and for a brief period it rained, but then cleared up once more. The hike was very well organised, with a method for helping a team if they got lost, and if a team did not reach a manned base for two hours they had to be called, with HQ being the Village Hall.
Patrols Tiger, Cobra, and Falcon met at Maker Space on the 5th of February. We met a person who worked there, who then told us what we would be doing.
Firstly, he explained what rapid prototyping was – basically you build something and then test it – and that we would prototype a stamp. He showed us a 3D design Software called “123 design” and how to make 3D structures using it. We designed a handle for the stamp and also had a go to design something by ourselves. I designed a rocket. Then he showed us the 3D printer while it printed the handle, and the laser cutter making the rest of the stamp. The stamp had the Scout logo on it and then we put the handle onto the stamp and tested it using ink to stamp our “Certificates of Achievement”.
He then gave us keyrings he had cut out of a sheet of orange see-through plastic with the laser cutter and used the laser cutter to engrave our names and the Scout logo.
The week after, the other patrols visited Maker Space.
Written by: Jakob
The laser cutting machine