We have recently returned from a foreign trip to Cyprus where we
camped with the 48th Dhekelia scout troop.
The camp/ trip took nearly a year to plan but the 16 scouts and 8
adults had the time of their lives, scuba diving, sea kayaking,
sailing, rafting, swimming, fishing, hiking, pioneering. A cultural
visit to a monastery in the Trudos mountains with lunch on the top
of Mount Olympus, also a trip to the buffer zone with the United
Nations and crossing the green line into Northern
To help celebrate 100 years of scouting in Cyprus we jointly
planted a centenary wood which was reported in 2 local newspapers
and held an investiture on one of the rafts in the bay at
The two troops have been in contact with each other for
several years raising money for charities together such as The
Children's Hospice and Shelterbox (their funds purchased a box
which has been deployed to Lebanon for a family escaping Syria). We
also exchange troop comics/ magazines with interesting information
about activities and events we have done and contact details for
pen pals etc.
The Cypriot scouts are coming to visit UK staying with Stoke
Gifford scouts at Woodhouse Park next July and have invited us back
to Cyprus in 2015. This truly was a trip of a lifetime and I we
would recommend it to any other troops.
Andrew Phelps, scout leader with the 1st Stoke Gifford
scouts on Bristol