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Combe Down Scouts visit the birthplace of Scouting

14 September 2015

Over the summer holidays Cubs from 10th Bath (Combe Down) Scout Group, visited Brownsea Island, the place where Lord Baden-Powell
held the first Scout camp in 1907. On the Island the Cubs, all aged between eight and ten, were able to partake in a pioneering challenge whilst looking out for some of the unique wild life that inhabits Brownsea Island.

The visit, which was part of a weeklong camp in Fordingbridge, began with an early wakeup call to allow the Cubs to reach the Island in time for lunch. After eating in the delightful company of some peahens, the Cubs all had a go at climbing trees and spotting other wildlife.

The Cubs then made their way to Brownsea’s Activity Centre from which they were led to an area within the forest where they were tasked to use the skills they had developed in the build up to the camp, to build; a pot stand, a den, a wind break, a fire (without lighting it), a bench, and a flagpole. The Cubs were split into three ‘sixes’ to carry out this task with little to no help from the leaders, despite most of the logs being twice the size of some Cubs!

About an hour later, all three groups had completed their tasks and the leaders were very impressed with their hard work. Everyone went round and inspected each other’s end-result and each six were just about able to squeeze into their dens. Once the Cubs had taken apart all their hard work, it was time to head home, stopping every so often to see the animals. It was then time to catch the ferry back to the main land and head back to camp for dinner.

Whilst on camp, the Cubs also had the chance to build and light their own fires, go on a scavenger hunt and took part in an expedition. When asked about their favourite part of the camp, most of the Cubs said it was visiting Brownsea Island, whilst their least favourite part was conclusively the washing up!

This camp was the last camp for one of Combe Down’s leaders, Chris Curd, who will be moving on to help out more with his local church in January. Whilst Chris did not climb the tree with the Cubs he did help them up and down and said “As a leader it’s always exciting to visit the place where scouting started. However more importantly it was great to see the Cubs enjoying themselves and showing a real interest in the history of scouting.” Chris has been a leader in Combe Down for over five years and will be sorely missed. For more information about how you could get involved in Scouting in Bath, please get in touch here.