On Friday 10 th May 70 scouts and 25 leaders from across Wansdyke District all converged on
Chelwood Scout Camp for a Tough Mudder themed camp.
On Friday the Scouts enjoyed an evening of orienteering around the site followed by a sausage and
On Saturday following flag break the Scouts were divided into groups and sent off on their various
challenges and activities. They enjoyed crate stacking, some going as high as 12 crates high before
falling and swinging on their harnesses usually in fits of laughter. Over at the Survival base they learned how to cook cakes in a Dutch oven over a fire. They wrapped mackerel in cabbage leaves and cooked them on the open fire. Fire lighting skills were taught so they could use a Kelly Kettle to boil water and fry an egg.
A caving system was created using wooden frames and canvas which the scouts enjoyed crawling
through. A slack line challenge was attempted by many of the Scouts. Walking the A-frame was a challenge not to be missed and encouraged excellent team working. Watching the Scouts attempt to put a tent up blindfolded was really quite funny. The Scouts also learned shooting and archery which
are always popular activities. The day would not be complete without the sound of the climbing wall
bell when a Scout reached the top.
An entertaining evening was spent at the camp fire with the scouts taking turns to perform.
Sunday saw the scouts enjoy the Tough Mudder Challenge itself. A river run with challenges along
the way, then climbing through the spiders web, up the water slide whilst being washed back down
with buckets of water, over the standing rope net, pushing a giant ball up the hill, and under the net
to the finish line.
New Scouts were invested at the camp flag down and closure marking the end of a brilliant weekend
full of fun and adventure.
With thanks to Anne Hodgkins (Keynsham) for words and photos.