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