Go4it Camp Success
16 July 2017

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“I had a brilliant time!” “It was really good!” “Bell Boating was best!” That’s how the youngsters summed up the District’s summer Go4it Camp at Great Tower on Windermere. The contingent, consisting of 65 Scouts, Explorers, Leaders and supporters, all arrived on the Friday evening anticipating an action-packed weekend and they weren’t disappointed!

After exploring the lodges and being welcomed at the Opening Ceremony by the District Commissioner, Anne Cox, everyone entered into the spirit of the camp by joining in a trust exercise which involved navigating around a woodland rope trail wearing a blindfold with a buddy as a guide. Having had a taste of the exciting things to come, the participants then rapidly retreated inside to escape the midges and to enjoy a drink of hot chocolate before retiring to their dorms or, in the case of the Explorers and their leaders their tents, for the night.

On Saturday morning, under the guidance of skilled instructors, mixed teams of Ingleton and Settle youngsters began an adventurous round of challenging activities comprising Bell Boating, Leap of Faith, Team Building, and either Archery for Scouts or Crate Stacking for Explorers, all of which required courage and team work for them to be successful.

Saturday afternoon’s sunshine provided ideal conditions for learning about the use of maps and pacing, before following a variety of orienteering trails across the 250 acres of beautiful woodland, boggy ground and rocky crags of the Great Tower site. On their return, the teams next challenge was to cook their own dinner on an alter fire. Using the recipe and bag of ingredients provided proved to be a novel experience for some! Finally, a rousing campfire lead by Tom Haigh, Youth Commissioner, and Dan Nelson, Settle Scout Leader, was not only entertaining but also provided a very positive end to the day.

On Sunday morning, two more bases were tackled, a buffet lunch was served by the hard-working caterers and the flag was lowered for the final time after what had been a highly successful and enjoyable camp. Throughout the weekend the youngsters had lived up to the challenge of the camp name, Go4it, making the adults proud of all their achievements. Everyone who took part, be they the leaders who had devoted a huge amount of time at the planning stage to make everything work like clockwork, or the Scouts and Explorers who threw themselves whole-heartedly into the entire residential experience, deserves praise. Seeing young Scouts overcome their fears, watching Explorers develop leadership skills, as well as adults interacting effectively and enthusiastically with both young and old, superbly reflects the joys of Scouting! More pictures are available if you follow the link Facebook