Why you should go camping!

11 October 2020

This year has been one like no other, lots of our normal activities that we’d do as Scouts have had to be adapted or postponed. We’ve not been able to go on the camps that we’d normally go on. So what better time to look back on the fun we’ve had on camps, and look forward to camping returning to our Scouting programme. Last year our Beavers got to enjoy a one-night camp at Gordon Brown Centre, our Cubs had two camps and were able to join in lots of challenging and fun activities whilst our Scouts had lots of camps including a hike camp in the New Forest and even a 10 day international camp at the Haarlem Jamborette in The Netherlands. We aim to allow all of young people to enjoy the great outdoors, camping with their friends and taking part in lots of fun activities by giving them more opporunities as they move through the sections to learn #SkillsForLife. But don’t take our word for it, here is what one of our Scouts has to say about camping and the fun it brings to Scouting

One of the biggest reasons Scouting is the world’s largest youth organisation is due to the camps which are a must if you join (which you definitely should!). For those of you who are unsure about camping, that is very normal and understandable. However, the reasons to go greatly outweigh the reasons against going. On your first camp you will discover amazing things like how cosy a tent really is and how good the food is. Also, it is more than likely that you will meet new people and make amazing friends. This is especially possible on the Jamborette.  These take place only once every 4 years and I personally went to one in The Netherlands in 2019.   I didn’t know what to expect but that camp was probably the best 10 days of my life (and yes, it is a whole 10 days, but it flies by like the wind). The Jamborette sees scouts from all over the globe meet up and do awesome activities including rafting, orienteering and even visiting famous cities like Amsterdam. Your first camp may not be that wild but it will always be packed with a new surprise every time you wake up and I promise you will not be disappointed. I hope I have convinced you to go on scout camps and I hope you know that if you don’t, you will be missing out.

by Will (Scout from Old Basing Scout Group)
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