Words and Photos: Anne, 1st Keynsham Scout Group
On Friday 10th 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 chip supper.
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.