Explorers Summer Camp 2017 – Isle of Wight

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In short, it rained, a lot!

Luck was on our side when we arrived at Corf Campsite on the Isle of Wight, in the middle of the night of Friday 21st July. The many hours of rain we had travelled through, had finally eased and we were able to put up all the tents – without getting drenched.

The days, without rain, were action packed; a day out Kayaking and Paddle-boarding was a bit of a highlight as it’s much harder than it looks! Raft building using equipment from the campsite was great fun – using teamwork and scouting skills, to build a raft and use it out on the water of the inlet from the Solent.

The International Evening, involving dressing up and cooking food, of a chosen country, was good fun with the winners being the Leaders, as you can see we picked France!

The majority of The Explorers enjoyed their first visit to the Isle of Wight, so a day was spent out on the local buses, exploring the island and answering questions.

Food is always a key social activity on Camp, and as usual it was a success, whether we cooked over the fire, or using BBQs, as well as the gas cookers under the dining shelters. Everyone always gets involved in the cooking – we always try new things but, importantly, it is the Explorers having the choice and an input into what they want to eat.

After a brilliant time, the focus now turns towards our programme up until Christmas and a weekend away in December.

Ben Callow – Assistant Explorer Scout Leader

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