On the last weekend in January, we travelled to Thriftwood Scout Campsite in Brentwood. We had an eventful beginning to the weekend when; after only just arriving, unpacking the minibus and getting everyone sorted into their rooms; Chiara sat on the top bunk of her bed and it completely snapped and she fell through on to the bottom bunk. Thankfully, nobody was hurt but at the time it was quite funny (my brief explanation of what happened not really doing it justice). But sadly it meant that Chiara had to spend the rest of the weekend sleeping on the floor however she was accompanied by Hannah who was too scared to sleep above me (on the top bunk) in case it happened again. After everyone was settled and we had checked that all other bunks were safe and could hold a persons’ weight, we then had some food and continued on with the evening, which involved a scouting staple…..a quiz! This involved a classic sleeping bag race, a general knowledge round and a Disney film round. The quiz was a great success but everyone was very tired afterwards, so we all trooped off to bed in order to be well prepared for the next action packed day.
It was an early start Saturday morning and not everyone was prepared, coming to breakfast in their pyjamas. But once everyone got going the activities were so much enjoyed. We had a go at Schmooling which is an activity that gives the climber the experience of ice climbing on a traditional climbing wall. This was a lot harder than in looked but all the scouts did well – some conquering their fears of heights. The next activity was Jacobs’ ladder. This is a giant sized ladder that you have to climb in pairs, helping your partner up because as you go a step higher on the ladder the difference between the steps gets bigger each time. This was by far the funniest one, especially to watch. I think it brought great joy to the scouts and the leaders to watch Hannah and I shouting at each other as we attempted to climb the ladder but sadly failed as the level of co-operation from both sides started to diminish after the first rung! After lunch, we had a go at Rifle Shooting, which was run by Ian and then Archery which was run by Davidson. Both of these were very enjoyable and scouts had a great time learning new skills. Then it was back to the hall for a rest before Father David (from OLOL Church) came to say mass for us all, which was very nice of him and we then had a delicious, well-deserved dinner. After dinner we went an had a massive camp fire and then back to the lodge to watched a movie before going to bed, tired but having had an amazing day.
On Sunday, we had breakfast and once everyone was ready for the day, we had a morning activity rotation. We did navigation around the campsite; solving clues and working out riddles; crafting and first aid which included some role play. After that it was time to pack everything up and get the trailer filled and the rooms clean and tidy. After everything was tidied up, we brought the flag down and had a reflection to end the weekend. One of our leaders, Jemma, was invested, which was a nice way to end the weekend.
At the beginning of the weekend we were split into teams, which we did our activities in and throughout the weekend each team had collected points for helping one another and the leaders, it was very close but the winners was red team, who received a £5 Amazon voucher. After everyone was in the minibuses we headed back to OLOL and everyone went home, having had a lovely time.