New Members Enjoy First Camp at Pears Event

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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. pearscamp1

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.