Belchamps has a great range of events over the coming Scouting year with something for every section. We are trying to offer leaders some great easy additions to their programme.
Kicking off in September with some 24 hour sleepovers a great easy way to get the section together for and overnight event. In October we have our first ever Jamboree on the Air where you can talk to other Scouts from around the world followed by our creepy camping weekend when the centre turns eerie.
In November it’s the annual Firework display with 2 displays this year one for the younger children with less bangs and the main one with our usual 20 minutes of spectacular fireworks. There is also the giant Bonfire and some fabulous light shows from Pluto jugglers.
In December we have our annual Christmas sleepovers and the fun spectacular day on the last weekend before Christmas with the centre lit up in its normal winter wonderland.
In January and February its 2 nights for the price of one on all of our buildings, with badge weekend in January and Winter Camp in February, its a busy couple of month.
March see’s more Sleepovers plus Mud Mania; the new tough mud style challenge. We’ve got lots of training courses running in March and April too, including rifle shooting, Archery, campfire leaders and Fencing. And in April its the second year of Survive Belchamps.
For a free events guide call 01702562690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Essex Scouts – Looking Forward to Wintac?
Wintac will be back on 13th – 15th November at Skreens Park Activity Centre.
A weekend of winter fun for the Explorers, the event this year will feature more activities on Saturday, including a Music Bar with a dancefloor and playstations, 3 tin tucker trial, bushcraft skills and bushcraft craft barn. There will also be a Leaders’ Retreat and evening programme.
Bookings now being taken. £35 each. £30 early bird. £16 catering (including pudding). £10 per leader. Early bird close 15th October. Closing date 29th October. Email email@example.com
On Sunday 12th June 2015, myself and the Yangtze Explorer Scout group were to kayak along the Hadleigh Ray from the edge of Two Tree Island. We had to wait until after midday for the tide to go out. It seemed that I was the only one in my group that hadn’t kayaked before, so naturally I was a bit apprehensive as to what was going to happen. Once we had manually hauled all the kayaks and equipment to the water’s edge, it was time to set off.
After a good 5 minutes of minimal progress and paddling in circles, I managed to move in a moderately straight line out towards the Ray. It was very windy and whilst some of the more experienced members of the group were powering on ahead, the rest of us were desperately trying to avoid the mud banks and anchored boats. After a while we stopped at a bank to empty the newly made lakes that seemed to have accumulated in some of the kayaks. By now, I was already coming to terms with how awfully weak my arms were, as I was already beginning to get tired; but before long we set off again to kayak a little further up the ray before setting up a barbecue on the mud flats.
After disembarking, we messed around kicking up mud and getting absolutely drenched in gritty mud and attempted to have a game of mud football. We then ate food (which ended up getting awfully gritty from all the mud) and did some raft racing. When it came to coming back, the wind had picked up a lot and was blowing in the opposite direction to which we needed to paddle. I climbed back into my kayak and was determined to paddle all the way back up the Ray, but it became apparent that I was in fact moving backwards no matter how hard I paddled, and so I gave up and began the trek back up along the mudflats with the other less experienced kayakers. After what seemed like hours of dragging kayaks and falling over in the mud, salvation came along in the form of a speed boat and got us back up to the slipway at Two Tree Island.
Overall, it was an absolutely fantastic experience, and I can’t wait until next year’s Ray Day!
Matilda, Yangtze ESU
[Editor’s note: Ray Day was organised by Southend Estuary District Scouts, for which many thanks from the Explorers of Southend West]
Roverway 2016 is an international event like no other, hosted by the Federation of Scouts and Guides of France.As part of a Patrol of six to eight UK Scouts or Guides (and a ‘tribe’ of 40 participants from across Europe), you’ll start by exploring France for six days. Then you’ll join 5,000 international Scouts and Guides for the main event – five days of adventure at Yvelines, Jambville, around 40 miles north-west of Paris.
Source: Essex Scouts – What is Roverway?
On Friday 12th June our Cubs arrived at Belchamps camp for two nights. I was really excited as it was my first time camping outside.First we chose our tents. I was with my two school friends. We unpacked our things and played on the field. We had to collect lots of wood for the camp fire. At first it felt uncomfortable in the tent but I settled down and was soon cosy. We broke the world record for staying up all night talking!
On Saturday I woke up with the leaders shaking our tent! I had a yummy bacon sandwich to start my day, in the ‘coop’. Next we played games with the leaders on the field. After that we had great fun on the giant wrecking ball but it was hard to balance because the leaders tried to make it wobble!
In the afternoon we had a race on the pedal go-karts, we went really fast, I came in second place.
My favourite part was cooking our dinner on the campfire. We melted marshmallows and squashed them between two chocolate biscuits. I loved watching my popcorn popping on the fire. Before bed we played the Survival Game in the woods. It was really dark and scary, we had to escape from the forest and find our way back to camp.
On Sunday we watched the Minion movie while having breakfast in the ‘coop’. I enjoyed playing ‘Be be back to base’. This is a game where you have to get back to base without being caught.
It was good playing Hide and Seek in the woods because I found an enormous bush to hide behind and no-one could find me. In the end I had to jump out and give them a fright.
I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend away and earned four badges, but I was so tired when I got home. I can’t wait to go camping again. I really enjoyed being outdoors and I made new friends.
Alfie, aged 8