Did you miss me?

You may have noticed that I mysteriously stopped posting for a couple of days.

I've been camping!

I came on as a last-minute substitute when another leader was unexpectedly hospitalised, and whizzed off to Gilwell 24 with a small group of our Explorer Scouts.

It's an awesome event for teenage scouts - from 09:00 Saturday, to 09:00 Sunday, 24 hours of non-stop activities without the requirement of sleep.  Four thousand Explorer Scouts took up the challenge, and almost all of them managed a full 24 hours of extreme Scouting.
  • 3G Swing
  • Archery
  • Bushcraft Zone
  • Bouldering
  • Campfire
  • Climbing (Outdoor rock and revolving wall)
  • Craft zone
  • Crate stacking
  • Disco
  • Fairground
  • Flying Trapeze
  • Geocaching
  • Giant games
  • Gilwell gauntlet
  • Global Zone - including Shelterbox
  • High ropes course
  • Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Mountain boarding
  • Orienteering
  • Outdoor arena
  • Quad Bikes
  • Outdoor Woodland Quaser
  • Raft Racing / Boat Racing
  • Rifle Shooting Competition
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Scuba Diving
  • Slacklining
  • Speed climbing
  • Segways
  • Simulators
  • Technology zone
  • Water rockets
  • Assault Course
  • Car driving
  • Go Karts
  • Power Boking
  • Inflatables
  • Fire Building
  • Fishing
  • Military Activity Team
  • Speed Stacking
  • Caving
  • Zorbing
As well crafts and other activities going on all the time (I had my first go at wood-turning at 14:00, and was soldering together an AM band radio at 22:30 (goodness me, the writing on a capacitor gets small later at night!)).

Add to that a month's rain in about 20 hours, giving liquid mud on the scale of Glastonbury, it's hardly a surprise that every single Explorer fell asleep on the train home.

Because my standing-in was very short notice, none of my electronics were properly charged, but I did get a few snaps of the atmosphere before my iPod completely died.

I have never been so wet or so dirty on a camping trip, and I was taking it easy - it's the first time I've been forced to pack my tent away wet and muddy at the end of a camp.

If you're a Scout or an Explorer, and will be over 13½ next July, why not take up the challenge yourself?

If you fancy taking part, offering an activity, or otherwise getting involved in next year's event, they are already taking comments and ideas.  If you're not in Scouting, and didn't realise it was so awesome (or that girls are allowed at any age), then why not think about joining?

(As an aside, I'd never seen Rock-It-Ball being played before.  Looks fun.)

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monsterlego5 years ago
Yes REAL tents
Kiteman (author)  monsterlego5 years ago
Can you spot mine in the photo?
the second photo ? With all the flags ?
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
Nope, it's the little Union Flag tent in the middle. Officially a two-man tent, perfect for me.
iceng5 years ago
I have never done quad biking
and too old for zorbing.

Meh! No one should ever be too old for zorbing...

I wonder what the "car driving" is all about? I did that this morning (technically). :P
BTW your posts show to me,
that you are a very young minded person indeed :)

LOL... I don't know if that's complimentary or insulting...

My 18 year old son would say it was a compliment as long as you meant my mind. Unfortunately, I don't "feel" so young anymore... :(
Its a compliment, I have three married daughters with 2 grand children each :-)
Thanks. My son thinks I'm a little too young sometimes... such as when I went skydiving.... He has no ambition to follow me out of a perfectly good airplane.. I wonder why? It was the best.
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