Blaze Explorer Scouts from Bath,
and Phoenix Explorer Scouts from Thornbury, joined
together for a medieval weekend at St Briavel's
Castle, just over the Severn Bridge in
Gloucestershire. The 40 Explorers and 9 Leaders stayed in the
Norman Castle, now a YHA venue, last weekend and enjoyed a packed
weekend of historic fun.
Saturday morning saw the Explorers mix with each other in teams and
take part in a Challenge hike (crusade) with different tasks to
complete. Saturday evening the Explorers and their Leaders dressed
in medieval costume which including knights, monks and Kings! The
Explorers were taken on a tour of the Castle learning about its
rich history and the importance it had for 100s of years in the
area. The Scouts were shown where King John slept and where
prisoners and debtors were kept in very confined surroundings up
until 1842. The Explorers were very intrigued by the absence of
toilet facilities and the moat's use for waste
The Leaders had the dubious honour to
sleep in the prison room and the infamous 'oubliette'
where prisoners were 'forgotten'. In the morning the Explorers were
relieved to see their Leaders still there for the carriage
The highlight of the weekend was the authentic medieval banquet and
a talk on the famous knights from England, Wales and Scotland. The
banquet was held without utensils and the Scouts
ate the traditional
medieval way with their fingers. After the meal
everyone was involved in a medieval game of cluedo
across the castle, searching for clues!
The weekend was rounded up with the noble and important skill of
archery in the
grounds before returning home.
This weekend was one of many activities that Explorer Scouts all
aged 14-18 have the opportunity to take part in across Avon, find out more
about Explorer Scouting!