Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the new Scout Groups opened as
part of the Pears Foundation Project in Avon have spent the weekend
at Woodhouse Park, at their first ever camp!
On Saturday afternoon over 40 Cubs and Scouts arrived and moved
into Woodhouse Park's new "tented village", enjoying wide games and
a campfire before spending what was for many of them their first
ever night under canvas!
On Sunday morning they were joined by the Beavers, and enjoyed a
selection of activities around the site, including firelighting,
backwoods cooking, climbing, tomahawk throwing, trampolining and of
course Woodhouse Park's infamously muddy obstacle course!
For the young people and their leaders, this was their first
nights away experience in Scouting since the groups (in Lockleaze,
Shirehampton and Cadbury Heath) were launched over the past year.
The groups have been supported by interns paid for by a generous
grant from the Pears Foundation, working alongside Avon County and
the Regional Development Service.
Munya, a Cub from Lockleaze, said "my favourite bit was sleeping
in a tent, but I also loved the tomahawk throwing and fire craft.
It was my first time camping - it was fun!"
One of Munya's leaders, Patricia, said. "It's been really
enjoyable - I've never camped before". Patricia went along to a
session with her son to find out about the new Scout Group being
opened in Lockleaze, and decided to get involved when she saw her
son enjoying himself with the other young people. She says "Anyone
thinking about getting involved in Scouting should come along and
give it a go!"
For Patricia's 7 year old Son, Rhys, a Beaver, it was also his
first night camping! Rhys said "I enjoyed sleeping in a tent. I'd
rather sleep in a tent than in my bed at home! I was really excited
about camp, but felt prepared"
A second camp is running in a few weeks for the other groups
launched by the Pears Project. Meanwhile the Pears Team are looking
towards their new projects for 2015-6.