Severn Cruise Form

Severn Cruise – Canoe/Kayak Camp Form - SEVERN PERMISSION 14

The Cruise is based from the camp site at Hampton Loade near Bridgnorth for both nights and participants may paddle different distances according to their ability or experience. On the Saturday the distance is 16 miles from Ironbridge back to the campsite, and on Sunday the distance is either 13.5 miles from the campsite to Stourport or 9 miles to Bewdley.

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Community Week

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.

The more successful painting group.

The more successful painting group.

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 hard work by the girls pays off! #GIRLPOWER

The hard work by the girls pays off! #GIRLPOWER

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!

Just diggin'

Just diggin’

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.

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This image finally confirms my theory that Butch is a vampire as he WAS standing between me and Gok. Oh Dear

 

Paintballing group

Paintballing

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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!

Red Rose

Red Rose 2014

This summer we’re going to Red Rose 2014

Red Rose 2014 is an international Scout and Guide camp organised by West Lancs Scouts. The next Red Rose camp happens 26 July – 2 August 2014 at Westmorland County Showground on the edge of the beautiful English Lake District and within easy reach of a wide range of activities.

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Kayaking

Went kayaking with a spot of rain! The night was really fun and I tried my best to kayak in a straight line, but at least I know my limits!

Would definitely attend another night like this, the people running it were great help and I learnt a lot of useful kayaking basics. The weather wasn’t great but it meant not getting any wetter after falling into the river!

Can’t wait for another chance to do this, mint time!

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Sun Run

This will be your last ever chance to experience the amazing weekend that is Sun Run. The owners of the farm where it is located are developing the site and there’s no room any more for thousands of rowdy Scouts every year!

The main events are two hikes, both leaving the site as the sun sets with the aim of getting back before it rises again the next morning. The Sun Run itself is full marathon distance of 26 miles, the Moon Run is just under half that, so easily doable.

Before the runs on the Saturday night, there are loads of great activities such as fair ground rides, sports and games etc.

Check out their website at and also have a look at the videos below…

Sun Run form

Laura went last time…

“K2 have been on the camp three times already, and everyone had an amazing time. If you are unsure or just want to know more, here’s what happened in 2012:

We travelled in the minibus early Friday evening, everything was set up and then it was time to party in the barn! Complete with live music, acts and performers, and a bucking bronco, it was a great evening.

Saturday was filled with activities on site. The day could be as jam-packed or as relaxing as you wanted it to be. There were fairground rides, bungee trampolines, a climbing tower, inflatables, and team games of tug-of-war, volley-ball and 5-a-side. If you were looking for something more relaxing there were performers on stage throughout the day, and even a petting zoo which gave you the opportunity to hold snakes, a meerkat, or even stroke a raccoon.

Saturday evening was time for the Sun Run (26 miles) and Moon Run (11 miles). Thanks to all the rain there had been that weekend, there was A LOT of mud, which meant there were quite a few slips and tumbles along the way, but it just added more fun to the challenge. We were determined to finish, and – after nearly nine hours – WE DID! We walked into camp just after 3.30 am. I’m not going to pretend we did it in the fastest time, because we most definitely didn’t, but we had completed a marathon, in the night, in the rain, and we were happy!

We packed up our camp Sunday morning and headed over to the stage for the presentation of all the prizes from the competitions over the weekend, and then headed home.

It really was an amazing weekend, and I recommend it without any hesitation. It is a chance to push yourself and see what you can achieve. If you’re holding back because you’re not sure about the walk itself, don’t worry! At various points around the route there is the choice to return to camp on a minibus if you don’t feel you can continue, so just go as far as you can. The weekend is not just about the walking, it’s about the atmosphere, getting involved, and meeting new people. This time the camp will be bigger and better than ever to celebrate the final year of Sun Run. This is your last chance to get involved, don’t miss out!”

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Wye Cruise

Overall really enjoyed the weekend away, having nearly no experience managed to paddle 32 miles in 3 days and achieve a 1st star award for kayaking and canoeing.

It was a new experience spending each night in a different location and I can’t wait for the next cruise in September.

I’d like to thank all the adults for making the trip happen and I’d recommend the camp next year to anyone.

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Bushcraft & Crate Stacking

During the evening we rotated around three different activities; Feathering, making and eating Orange cakes, and Crate stacking.

K2We used knifes to ‘feather’ or shave small sections of log  which create kindling like pieces on the log.  This helps make a fire quickly.

The next activity was orange cakes. We had to slice the top off an orange and cut out the fruit leaving just the outer peel. We mixed the batter from a ready mix cake batter and poured it into the orange peel and topped with chocolate. After putting the lid back on and wrapping it in tinfoil we placed it on the fire to cook.

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The last activity was Crate Stacking, where you are attached to a harness and your team build up a podium with the crates and stack them and the harnessed person climbs up and the aim is to build the biggest tower and hold the harnessed member.

All in all, a really good night.