Ahoy me hearties – Virtual Cub Camp!

28 June 2020

Over the weekend of 27/28th June 2020, Cubs from Old Basing and 1st Basingstoke (Trinity) joined together for our first ever Virtual Cub Camp. This is the time of year Cubs from all over the country spend lots of time outside and Scouting aims to give them a chance to experience a night under canvas, and learn #SkillsForLife.

As with everything else we’ve done this term, lockdown is not stopping the fun!

48 Cubs (and a few extra siblings too) took part in this virtual event which included a number of Zoom video sessions for them to join in, along with some activities to complete in between.

Camp started on Saturday lunch time with our first Zoom session. The Cubs came ready, dressed up as pirates, to start the fun.

Once the pirates had a chance to meet the other Leaders, we set them their first challenges – they needed a place to sleep so had to build a tent outside, or a den inside.

So that everyone knows it’s a pirate’s den, they created their very own pirate flag and a treasure map – ‘X’ marks the spot!

Pirates re-joined us for another Zoom session to check how their tents and dens were coming along. We gave the pirates the start of their treasure hunt (which parents had sneakily hidden around their homes earlier in the day) and they could then cook their dinner with their family. And of course, keeping to the theme, there were lots of pirate sword kebabs, treasure map pizzas and many other creative meals.

No camp is complete without a campfire, and virtual camping is no different! So, we were back on Zoom for a guest Akela to lead some camp fire singing for us. And then the pirates headed off to their tents/dens

Sunday morning, the pirates all returned for some pirate themed games during our Zoom session. Their final challenge was to build a pirate ship from recycling they could find at home.

We all re-joined our final Zoom session to close camp. Well done to all of the Cubs and parents for what they’ve achieved this weekend. It was great to see so many Cubs involved and they really did make it a successful first virtual camp.

Here’s to the next one!

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