We went to Tesco for a behind the scenes visit. Tasted some cheese, tried some chocolate and shopped for a three course meal!
Monday evening allowed us to learn first hand about politics both in the UK and the EU from politicians themselves.
It was also an opportunity for us to get our voices heard and openly discuss any issues which we felt affected us in our local area.
Although the evening was very informative, it highlighted for many how unsure we are on many political issues, which I think led to the majority voting against 16 year olds getting the vote.
Laura said, “One of the main things I learned from the evening was that this lack of political knowledge is not limited to the younger age groups and needs to be addressed across the population.”
Nine members K2 joined Scouts & Explorers from the 7th and 88th Nottinghams – and hundreds of other Scouts from across the UK and around the World – at Red Rose 2014.
There were six activity packed days with themes including international, water activities, fun, challenge and discovery. Here are reviews from some of those that went…
International by Grace
Sunday was our first full day at Red Rose and International Day was a good way to get to know the campsite layout and attempt to make friends from other sub camps. Each sub camp had a different continent and Buttermere was Africa. Each Scout group had to come up with their own activity depending on what country they were given.
K2 was given Uganda so, with Butches amazing songwriting skills the leaders created a game to play, that came with a song which I personally think should be number one in the charts, but each to their own. I spent most of international day colouring and making bracelets but there were other things to do such as trying different foods and playing games.
Fun by Isaac
In the fun zone I thought the inflatables were great, especially the assault course and gladiator podiums. The sumo wrestling was fantastic. Circus skills were good but they could of had more things to do. Me and Sam had a fab game of volley ball, so thumbs up to that.
Adventure by Cat
Tuesday was Adventure day where there were a variety of different activities for people to do which took place off site. I was lucky enough to go to Great Tower for the day where I took part in the Gladiator challenge. We raced up it and even did it blindfolded! We then continued with the activities by doing orienteering in the rain and after lunch we tried some archery. We decided to ignore the targets and, instead, shoot at the apple. The day was good fun and action pack and I met new people and made new friends.
Challenge by Tom
Challenge day for me and many others was an interesting as well as fun set of activities. To start with we entered a big tent full of tables, chairs and men busy at work crafting sculptures with younger scouts. All of us at K2 decided to make a wrist band with a whistle. We then wrote on dog tags letters and symbols to spell out names using hammers. Whilst waiting to move on to the next activity we decided to watch one of the wood men at work. Isaac and I were fortunate enough to be called up to craft either a woggle or a dipper. So, not knowing what it was, I crafted a dipper which was given to my Grandma as a gift because I had no use for it.
We then moved on to the next set of activities down the field. Here we cooked bread and jam on a pan outside. Waiting for it to cook when burnt metal on wood to smelt our names or symbols of our choice. After a nice snack, we boiled ribena using fire and kettles. We then moved on onto the best part of the zone which was named Adrenalin. In this zone we crawled through tunnels, climbed up towers and pushed through the assault course.
Challenge day was my favourite day for activities as it included all the activities I had looked forward to that week and also introduced me to new ones I had never done before and really enjoyed.
Splash by Laura
Well, splash well and truly lived up to its name. Although no one from our group actually went in the lake, everyone was soaked through after the first few minutes. A group of us chose to do canoeing first, an activity that very quickly turned into water fight with a nearby bell boat using the – I’m sure innocently – provided buckets on board the canoe. Soon traitors began to emerge as the bell boat moved too far away, and our canoe descended into chaos as a water fight broke out between team mates.
With a boat full of water and some soaked and rather cold Explorers on board, we all stood and had a sing along to heads, shoulders, knees and toes with an added jump – just to make us all feel extra safe in a small, rocking boat! There was a ridiculously long list of activities to choose from throughout the day, making it impossible to try everything. I tried my hand at sailing on a small two man dinghy – something I’d never done before but thoroughly enjoyed – before finishing with an hour kayaking. I loved this day because the necessity for team work meant I got to know people a lot better, and I enjoyed some activities I’d never had the opportunity to try before.
Finally, Discovery by Moz
Discovery was a great idea for day out round the Lake District doing the tourist thing, and it would have been amazing if it wasn’t for the fact that it poured down and we spent most of it sitting in damp waterproofs peering through steamed up windows of boats, trains and coaches!
We still had fun though exploring the various coffee shops and shops of Bowness trying to stay dry, travelling on a boat across Windermere then on a steam train. A nice change from the usual Scout camp activities.
What a weekend.
As time, money and blasted farmers bring an end to the largest annual scouting event in the UK an era has ended. Sun Run is an incredible event with so many amazing memories being created in such a small frantic stretch of time.
Friday starts with the rush to get to the hut on time and to get the “luxurious” mini bus packed. We all piled in to the van and sat there bemused to why we hadn’t left on our (ROAD TRIP!!! WOO) we were waiting for our mysterious guest who had bagged a free ticket that Max wasn’t able to take due to sporting reasons. When the mystery person arrived Naz’s face lit up with delight. IT WAS TOM FROM THE WYE.
Tom for those who don’t know him is a small “13″ year old boy with a teddy bear like demeanour. Finally we were off and the songs that all sound the same but everyone likes came on! With a quick stop at a service station in some shady part of Birmingham successfully cleared without any fatalities we continued on.
Upon arriving some of the Sun Run virgins discovered the scale of the campsite and the event we were at. It was massive, and understandably everyone was really excited.
However from here things got interesting.
Somehow the leaders tent poles had been left behind so it was literally one size fits all. 14 people in one tent would of made for some awkward Rolf Harris jokes..and it did. However once we had got over the shock of this we were told to go do whatever we wanted for the night.
The main event on the friday was the massive party in the barn this would prove to be a desolate wasteland of women for two members of the K2 unit. Aaron in particular was told in no uncertain terms where to go. However! Nothing would deter the brave fellow and he continued rocking long after the sweat patches had stretched up his arms.
An official missing sign was posted for Laura and female Alex as they disappeared into a mosh pit not to be seen again till 3AM.
One small character mentioned earlier had however found the party life a bit too much to cope with and had gone to sleep at HALF TEN. this was considered a futile effort by teddy Tom and a Vuvuzela pierced the black night in an effort to wake him from his golden slumber.
However as people started to tire on our first day they returned only to find the minor 3.4 earthquakes that was the mighty Butch snoring. (For the 90′s reference, only a yellow flute could wake him up..)
In a few short words.
Breakfast- Placenta on toast. (Tomato)
Saturday was the brilliant activity day with Zorbs, laster tag, bouncy castles, motion sickness for a ginger (harry’s attempt at roller coasters was pitiful) Trampolining and shooting being the main things to do.
At this point the group went separate ways as NAZMIN was officially founded. (Bare wit.) Alex and Chris decided to try there luck with the girls met previously and had disappeared to play “cards.” At this moment Harry assures me the rest of the group had an incredible memorable day. Just how scouting should be.
As the dare wore on and afternoon approached so did the Moon Run. After everyone eventually turning back up to the smelliest tent in the world. Butch and Moz organised us into our groups and got us ready for the walk. As we approached the main stage the dreaded slot from Twist & Pulse was announced.
The less said of that the better.
WE WERE OFF!
With the Scots serenading us down the hill with the eyre sound of the bag pipes a scene reminiscent to Braveheart broke out, with several thousand young people charging down a steep hill, Harry of course fell.
The walk itself was stunning, and it really reinforced how much we owe to the farmer who has been so gracious to let us enjoy the landscape for the last 3 decades. Some truly incredible views were presented to us and it made you realize how lucky you were to be there.
Upon eventual return for the various groups and stragglers. The real party began! All the acts other than Stavros Flatly were brilliant and really played on the moment, I was in heaven having been left with 4 attractive nice girls and one stunner! Oh and Aaron. Some chose to skip the barn and do there own personal “events” no more shall be said.
Most of the Unit minus Tom (asleep) enjoyed the party and its benefits, eventually stumbling into the tent at about 4am.
However for me my favourite moment of the whole weekend happened early on that sunday morning, Watching a beautiful sunrise with the best sort of people is a special moment. Until a very grumpy Adrian killed our bucket list moment.
Sunday was a subdued affair with some regrets being made about the night before in some cases. Others not so much! Harry knows all. As we packed up stole all the free merchandise and watched the end of an era award ceremony there were many tired but happy faces.
There isn’t often experience quite like this in my opinion where young people have such an incredible time thanks to the tireless work of so many unthanked people.
A MASSIVE THANKS TO AL OUR LEADERS.
Huge thanks to the leaders who made it such a great weekend for the explorers from K2, special thanks to Harry for helping me right this novel.
Three bases tonight with a theme of lumberjacking…
First Moz and Jake ran a base on Kelly Kettles, a stove your average lumberjack would never be without. The groups were split into two teams and challenged to be the fastest to boil up some water.
Next up was the axes base with old man of the woods Gethin off of 1st Rhosnesni Scouts and his young apprentice Dangerous Dan.
Finally, a use for all those logs – Swedish Candles, on which were cooked camp doughnuts under the watchful eyes of John & Dean.
As it was quite close to the longest day of the year, we thought we’d trot up the nearest hill that needs a permit for us to get up it and watch the sunset.
After a bit of a delay while various people struggled with directions (including Moz who’d put the map on the website in the first place – his excuse was that he was flummoxed by Dan who’d been a goon as usual) we set off on the steep ascent.
When we got to the top we were surprised to see mist and cloud coming in – it had been such a nice day down in the valleys – but this made the sunset even more spectacular!
Before we got too cold we set up the Trangias and it was soon hot dogs all round. Even Sion came up to join us but Dan couldn’t find his way out of the car park.
A nice night out in the hills
It was John’s first time running a K2 night on Monday and he came up with a mix of three activities including a gruelling log run. As well as that our Explorer’s shooting and climbing skills were tested.
It was a fantastic sunny evening for it and the everyone had a great time. Thanks to Adrian for helping with the climbing.
At the end Butch gave out some badges – make sure they get sewn on! Cue cheesy grins…
Here’s Army Dan being a meerkat…
This week a good proportion of non lazy members of K2 who weren’t “revising” managed to get themselves down to Ysgol Maes y Llan in Ruabon for some Community time!
The challenges were set and painting was first on the agenda and even Deano turned up to help out (hold the gasps). Furious painting commenced. We started turning the slightly pale wooden building into a very very dark brown one.
However some ‘painters’ found the simple task of smearing paint onto a flat surface much too difficult as their efforts started to resemble an old toilet bowl (COUGH Alex L and Tom). However Butch and Gok where on hand to rescue the building and correct any and many mistakes we made.
Whilst the destructi.. I mean decoration was taking place the girls had gone of and fixed up the campfire circle by placing the seating logs back into the correct places and securing them with stakes. This will be invaluable to the community as everyone loves a campfire!
The lovely ladies from the school lavished us with drinks and crisps to spur us on and give us the fuel we needed. Go E numbers!
A select few (the strongest) were given the final task of digging the beds in the greenhouse, armed with shovels the work was quick and sweaty. Oh look there’s me!
As Deano trimmed away with his new toy behind us (a strimmer before anyone gets any ideas) and anyone not digging helped finish up the painting. The beds were dug and nearly completed, good progress was made.
On a more serious note we really thank Ysgol Maes-y-Llan for giving us such a great project to help with, and the work we put in really shows how a little help from a few can make a big difference to so many! As the happy faces of the staff and helpers showed.
After attending this amazing evening I have learnt a valuable lesson about paintballing. It hurts! I am not sure which one I felt more: pain or pleasure (do with that as you will) but one thing is for certain. Whoever missed out on this activity really missed out.
Never have I had more fun smacking someone in the head with my orange balls than I had on this night. From participating in a tire match and being the last one in my team (i’ll get you next time Carmen!) by using my award winning camping strategy, to capture the briefcase where I strategically positioned myself to halt pursuers and ensure that our team succeded (What I really mean is hiding behind a barrel like a chicken waiting for my glasses to clear while Rhian barks orders at me).
Finally came the free for all (or, as I like to put it, let’s all shoot Naz!) in which I exhausted my remaining shots into Naz’s head along with everyone else. There was something about Naz’s screams of pain that gave me an immense sense of satisfaction.
An extremely fun filled and action-packed evening that I strongly suggest anyone who enjoys shooting at people who you pretend to like but secretly wish to slice their face off with a potato peeler. (Oh and I almost cried when Chris was denied a coupon for being the best player!) A good night indeed!