Scout News


22nd July - 2nd August 2002




Older Scouts  first days

We  came to camp on the Monday so we had three days without the younger Scouts. We didn’t set up our Patrol sites but we slept in hike tents.  Our first job was to get Simon a cup of tea and after that we unloaded the lorry and van and set up the Marquee and other leaders tents. After that we mucked about before having tea. Also we helped Phill build his metal bridge across the stream


On Tuesday we built a rope bridge across the stream, and extended the metal bridge across the boggy area.  We also [planned a draw bridge with Phill Bristow and helped by the young leaders and SPLs. On Wednesday we went go carting (See Dave Kings report) and finished building the drawbridge and on Thursday we took down the hike tents and prepared for the arrival of the younger Scouts


Chris Wilson

aAPL Eagles



The Village of Hike Tents

For the first three days of Summer Camp, it was the older Scouts here. So we slept in hike tents until the younger scouts arrived. We made a village of hike tents as far as possible from the marquee so they couldn’t see us doing our missions.


James Fairburn


Go Karting – The Winners

On the first Wednesday of Scout camp before the younger ones had arrived. The older ones including helper Mark Weingarth went Go Karting in Eastleigh. When we got there we had a safety talk and our jump suits, helmets and gloves.  We were split into two teams and had a ten minute practice for each team. After that we had a half an hour endurance race, swapping over after fifteen minutes.  I was with James Fairbairn. James went first and got into second place by the time we swapped.  Then by the end of the race we had done 53 laps with the best time of 28 minutes 35 seconds.  We had WON.  The pair that came second did 52 laps.  After giving back our equipment we were awarded with a medal for coming first, second and third (Tom Bennett & Andy Wilcox) places also got a medal.


David King

PL Falcons



Younger Scouts Trip to Camp

On Thursday 23rd July the younger Scouts arrived at PG Scout Hall in the morning, ready for their trip to Itchen Stoke. The older Scouts were already at the site for a few days. After a while hanging around we were given our camp booklets. At last Bob arrived in the Bough Bus.  All the equipment and Scouts were loaded into the mini buses it was time to leave.  The journey turned out to be shorter than expected, especially when the service station stop, which had been cancelled. Everyone ate their packed lunches on the buses, and after no time at all we arrived at the site. Everyone was no at  the Site and the Patrols had to prepare to set up their site


Richard Bennett

APL Swifts



Setting up the Patrol Sites

Setting up the patrol sites is always quite hard, because you need to get the tent (which the patrol sleep in), the dining shelter, and the toilet tent pitched right. Otherwise if it rains all of your personal gear and equipment could get wet, and ruined.My patrol managed to set the patrol site up quite successfully, and quickly, although it was very hard work.  I found the hardest part of setting the patrol site up was to dig some of the grass out, so, when we put the altar-fire there, the grass wouldn't get ruined.  I found this very hard because, the ground was very hard, and it was very hot and tiring.

James Wheeler



First Day of Meals at Camp

Our first meals of Summer Camp were very nice.  For Breakfast we had fish fingers with hoops, which was properly the best one of the whole camp (Apart from the day we had central breakfast, where the leaders cooked for us) then we had a packed lunch. Then we cooked spicy curry, which was great.  The meals were cooked in Patrols on a wood fire, with the leaders eating with us.


Greg Carlyle



Day at the See Side

On Friday 26th July all the Scouts and most of the leaders, except Simon who had to stay on site as security and clean the toilets, went to the beach at Hayling Island.  When we got there we were split into small groups.  Most of the groups went straight to the amusement arcade and fair for a while. The other groups went to the beach.  We were very lucky with the weather, because it was very hot , with a clear blue sky, and the sea water was warm enough to go in.


James Wheeler



Day at the Coast

On Friday 26th July we all went to the coast for a few hours. While we were there we could stay on the beach and play in the water or go to the amusement arcade and fun fair. There    was a log fume, roller coaster and lots more.


Chris Mitchell



The Tuck Shop

The tuck shop at camp was EXCELLENT. It was open every day after inspection and had lots of different things to buy like cans of drinks, and a big selection of sweets.  It was very popular and there was often quite a queue, but it was always worth the wait!!!!!.

The prices were very reasonable for instance a can of drink was only 50p and an Irun bru bar was 10p. The SPL`s made good shopkeepers.


By Graham Wolfe



The Rope Bridge

When we first arrived at camp in the mini bus we were egger to get out!  The first thing I and many other Scouts noticed was a rather wobbly looking rope bridge. After setting up our Patrol Sites the first contender stepped up to try and cross the wobbling rope bridge. Please note he has got wet clothes on (Tit was over a stream).  He fell in!  The game know is to try and cross the bridge without getting wet.  On Saturday we made another bridge only standing on one side of the river. First we learnt how to do a square lashing, and then we got to wok on the bridge. We put a pier in the middle of the river and then poles on either side using our new learnt skills. It was tricky but fun.  A great time.


Harry Ayre



First Time Campers Task

On Saturday 27th the first time campers were  given a pioneering task.  We were asked to build a bridge over the stream, we (were told) we  weren’t allowed to cross to the other side and we weren’t allowed to get wet. We thought that if we built a pier (triangular for strength) in the centre of the stream, we could place poles from the bank to the pier, one of could climb on the pier, lash the poles together and slide some more poles from the pier to the opposite bank and lash those poles together.


Brilliant. But we to get the pier into the stream.


The answer was to lash the first set of poles to the pier on the bank and then swing the poles with the pier on top, so that the pier nestled itself safely in the river. Then all we had to do was to climb to the pier so we could slide the other poles onto the opposite bank.  We succeeded


Nicholas Jennings



The Drawbridge

At camp, the field was divided into two halves – the Scouts + the leaders, by a stream. To cross this stream different bridges were erected- the normal “metal” flat bridge, a rope bridge, a pioneering pole bridge made by the younger Scouts and a rope bridge made by the older scouts. We build a drawbridge, which consisted of an “A” frame on each bank and a plank attached to the bottom of it. The whole bridge could be raised and lowered on each side of the stream. The drawbridge was crossed by almost all the Scouts and even Simon.  After coping with a lot of use and coping with a lot of pressure the plank snapped under   Matt Collins {11 year old) weight.


Richard Bennett

APL Swifts



Hike – Cobras

We set out on our hike on Sunday afternoon. We got into the minibus to be dropped of at our starting point, as soon as we got of the bus Grant was hungry so we ate our lunch then set off walking down the road we walked for 45 minutes before coming to our first challenge a wheat field, luckily the field was  down hill, but there was no shade and  the sun started to make the hike harder. Next was the sheep, we walked through the sheep field then the last field was a corn field were the corn was taller than the Scouts, luckily we  got through the fields but a wood with a few surprises was next two footpaths didn’t exist one was covered in bird seed four foot high and the other was flooded, but after  a bit more walking we got to the field where we put up our hike tents. Then we ate our Pot noodles before settling down to bed.  We woke up early had breakfast and set of, a bit more forest  then just before the main site we bumped into eagles patrol walking a bit father we bumped into Swifts and got back to site.   In total we walked for 7 hours, but it was fun.


Paul McCormack



Eagles – Over Night Hike

The over night hike was fun, because we got a bit lost due to some of the paths being over grown and very difficult to find.  We arrived at our overnight site at about half past seven.  The Pot Noodles provided were class!  Me and Phil Howell slept in the same tent, Matt Collins and Oliver Shell slept in the same tent, Nessy and Nobby slept in the same tent and Chris Wilson decided to sleep out side in a survival bag.  The first day we walked about 10k and the second day we walked about 7k.  Just before we reached the site, we heard Fudges (Tom Godfrey's) patrol and Miles Willett's Patrols, after finding them we all walked back into the site together at about 12.30pm


Greg Joys



Hike – Falcons

We left for the hike at about 3 o’Clock. After walking for about an hour we came to a pub where we bought a drink and relised we were lost. We asked for directions. We followed them and ended up in a field of stining nettles. We made our way through the field of nettles for half an hour, before coming to another pub. Here we bought food and a drink and walked till we got to our site.  Here we had supper and went to bed. The next morning we made our way back to the main campsite, we stopped four a couple of hours. We were late back and PL had to rush off with the other PLs to buy the food for the cooking competition


James Dorrell



Hike Swifts

On Sunday morning we packed our tents and sleeping bags.  We had to carry a bag with us with a drink and food in it.  We were dropped off and walked ion our patrols to the site where we were camping.  We got there fairly quickly and had to wait for the mini bus, which had our water as it 3was late as they forgot some things.  We pitched our tents and had a pot noodle and went to sleep.  We woke up in the morning and had breakfast.  We then walked back to the main campsite and meet with the other patrols at camp


Christopher Hopkins



Cooking Competition

The cooking competition was tiring because we had to put lots of effort into it by collecting wood and cooking it just right.  For starter we had melon boats (Cocktail stick, melon a& orange), for main course we had meat chilli with Doritos on top with a layer of cheese, for desert we had summer pudding.  The competition was judged by a visitor [Dave Chesterman, Maidenhead Scout Council Chairman – who had driven down for the day to judge the competition]. Luckily we won.


Thomas Hopkins



Cooking Competition

couple of hours after coming back from the hike, the pl's and apl's went off to a local Tesco's to buy the ingredients we needed for our meal for the cooking comp. My patrol panthers were going to do melon boats, chile suprise and summer pudding. We were introduced to the judge who had a few ideas about how to run the comp. The next 2 hours were a mixture of hard work preparing the food and waiting for the stuff to cook.We all liked our meal but struggled with the large amounts of washing up. Just before the judge left he told us the results and we were slightly suprised that we narrowly  won as the others sounded pretty good. My patrol won an ammo tin for their hard work. It was a good experience especially as i had so little time to get it organised(i only knew i was a pl a week before camp).


Tom Bennett

PL Panthers



Raft Race

On Saturday we were having a competition with the other patrols to see who could get down stream on a raft in the quickest time, My patrol in order of when they started our race was Luke Hoggarth, James Wheeler, myself, Chris Mitchell, Richard Bennett last. Was Luke Hoggarth again? Eagles Patrol went first, followed by Falcons, Cobras and Panthers. Eagles were in the lead with 7minutes 48 Seconds. But of course my patrol won and had 18 seconds to spare. Overall the weather was nice the water was very cold   and every one had a great time


Miles Willett

PL Swifts


Day at the Docks

On Tuesday the second week the whole troop [Except Simon who stayed on Site to look after it] went to Portsmouth docks. Portsmouth is the home of many ships New and Old, and many museums and the like.  We left for the docks shortly after central breakfast.  The first thing we did was to visit Admiral Nelson’s flagship the Victory that is in a dry dock. Inside the ship it had a very low ceiling so you had to duck every five seconds.  The ship had two placks, one where Nelson fell and one where he died. And they pickled him on rum (Sounds fun!)  Then we went to the warrior and got a guided tour off Phill Bristow who new a lot of stuff. After THE Warrior we had lunch in a restaurant.  After that we went on a boat tour of the docks in a catamrang thing. There were about fifteen ships in all in the docks.  Then we walked back to the mini bus and it had a flat tyre.  We stood around a bit and then went back to camp!


Nick Bristow

APL Cobras



Portsmouth Dock Yard – Action Stations

On Tuesday we went to Portsmouth docks and went to a place called Action Stations. It had a simulator of a harrier Jump Jet also a helicopter.  It also had lodes of computers to play on. There was a machine gun and handgun.  You could also be a pilot flying a helicopter.  We all enjoyed it “and I would definitely go again!”


Alex Jones



Portsmouth Dock Yard – Warrior

On Tuesday we went to a number of exhibits at Portsmouth Dock. After we went on the Victory, we went aboard HMS Warrior. This ship was more modern than Victory.                                        We could easily see how spacious in relation to the Victory. We went to the Captains end of the ship at the stern and also to the workers area. We went down to the engine room and the boiler room. When the motors were not in use they used sails. The           riggings were massive with as many ropes as you have ever seen. When we had seen all aspects of the ship, we disembarked it and went onto a tour of the harbour. All in all a very good day out


Toby Ayre



Steam Train Trip

We arrived at Alresford Station in the mini bus on Wednesday 31st July. We had a quick (5 minute) look around the museum and shop before we boarded  the train.  Wes at down in our spring chairs as wee left6 the station. I ate my  lunch while we passed the picnic site. We stopped at a station while the steam train going in the other direction passed us.  We got off at Alton. The terminal and visited the shop.  On the way back we saw lots engines including one painted like Tomas the \Tank Engine and James.  I enjoyed the trip


Mark Courtier



Playing Cards on the Train

While travelling on the Watercress Line Steam Railway, we started to play cards; top trumps  (Football players) Andy Wilcox won the first game. We then changed the game to pontoon. Andy Wilcox won, I lost. We then played three blind mice with two SPLs Andy Tagg and Rob Stroud.  It was good to have some free time


Olly Styles

PL Eagles



Camp Sports

On 30th July the Scouts had a camp sports afternoon. We had to nominate members of our patrol  to do different sports such as running 100m, hammer, shot put sack race etc..  I had o do the water relay, the shot put and the caber.  I came second in caber. The water relay was a scam because the whole patrol in relay were supposed to collect water from the stream and fill up a bowl on top of their PL, but no one won. They tried to fill up the bowel, but just soaked the PLs. In the end the PLs got the bowls and we had a water fight.


Luke Hoggarth



Special Diet


As I came back from my Scout Trip to Iceland Jamboree, I slumped myself on the coach and realised that tomorrow it was off the Summer Camp.  As I’m a vegetarian I have to cook somewhat a different meal compared to the rest of the Scouts, this can be a major disadvantage, but doesn’t usually make too big a difference.  Instead of the bacon, meat and sausages that are the staple diet of the camp, I have vegetarian alternatives to these.  I sometimes cook on the patrol fire, but generally there isn’t enough room on the altar fire, so I usually cook the vegetarian food in the marquee, or sometime John Bannerman cooks it for me.  So all in all it’s not that big a deal and doesn’t really affect the patrol.  Although at times it can be annoying going from marquee to the patrol site, etc.  The leaders sort out the vegetarian food for me.  That’s about it from me about Summer Camp


Phil Howell

APL Eagles



Patrol Leaders Dinner

After a day on the Watercress line {Steam Railway}, we wished our APLs the best of luck and handed command over to them.  We made our way over to the marquee where we were treated to a three courses of John Bannerman's culinary expertise; pâté and toast for starter; a full roast for main course; and fresh fruit salad to finish.  It made a nice change to have the leaders cooking for us, but we still had to wash up afterwards.  It was a brilliant meal and we’d all like to thank the leaders for organising it.


Tom Godfrey

PL Cobras


APLs in Charge

On Wednesday 31st the PLs were given a break and given a slap-up meal with all the trimmings, this gave the APLs a chance to take charge.  We had 1 hour to cook corn beef hash. This proved to be a difficult challenge as one patrol could not light their fire this put them half an hour behind.  My patrol and Nick Bristow’s patrol were also half an hour behind as our potatoes would not cook.  The meal in itself was alright with only two patrols on time they had a good advantage in the inspection.  As the two on time patrols were working at a leisurely pace, my patrol washed up like crazy and we caught up the difference.  We realised when we had finished the PL’s had just started eating and we had time to burn. We made sure that everything was done. All the patrols had a good inspection and we all were glad to see our PL’s come back and take over


Andrew Wilcox

APL Falcons



Swimming at the Local Pool

On Thursday we went swimming. T’was very enjoyable and we had a wale of a time. Lot’s of people went onto a slide. However I think they all got a shock when they realised just who cold the water was. We soon all got used to it, when we did the wildcat dive. After another while ! – we decided to go in the bigger but shallower pool – the  other one was 3 meters deep. A lifeguard ( a well good looking one) told us to stop bundling each other in the water. After about one and half hours we got out and went into the town.  T’was a very enjoyable day






This year the main camp inspections changed from previous years, instead of having two full inspections. In the morning, after the washing up for breakfast had been completed a full inspection was done on the patrol site including the patrol & toilet tents and the cooking area and equipment, plus the general tidiness of their site.  In the evening a general inspection looking around the patrol area to make sure the washing up had been completed  


Mark Weingarth




A Trip to Town

On the way to town I was so tied I fell asleep.  When we got there Bob said we only had an hour. I decided to go with Tom & Chris Hopkins and Mark Courtier.  First we went to a newsagent. I bought some black magic chocolates and candy spray and some sweets. And Mark like model trains so we went to the model shop and Mark bought some models. We saw most of the other Scouts at the model shop as well looking for war hammered. They are just little models you collect and play with.  They cost lots and lots of money and I don’t see any point in them.  Then it was time to go back to camp.  I fell asleep on the way back as well.


Craig Mitchell



A Wide Game

On the last night of summer Camp we did a Wide Game, Which was were Miles Willett and Andy Wilcox hid in the dark in the field and we didn’t have any torches and we has to find them.  It took us quite a long time.  So we went back to the marquee complaining that we could not find them and Matt Weingarth a helper told us where they were, but we couldn’t be bothered to go and look for them in the place where we were told they were and they were over the stream in the bushes and in the end they came back.  Overall the Wide Game was great fun as well as the camp has been


Matt Collins



Packing up Our Patrol Site

We woke up and cooked our last meal on our Altar Fire. After breakfast we cleaned everything ready for the last inspection. This included all the cooking Dixie's and utensils and personal things. Matt & mark Weingarth and Adam Baker Inspected us.  We did very well and only had to re wash two things.  We took down our Patrol tent and dinning shelter and cleaned the wooden pegs. We then left for the local Swimming pool and visit to town.


Mark Courtier




The Barbeque

On the last evening of camp we all had a barbeque. We cooked sausages and burgers over one-use barbeques We only got one sausage and burger each, they were very nice. For afters we had trifle.  Before we had the barbeque we had to pack away our Patrol tent and dinning shelters. So we had to sleep in hike tents. After we had eaten main and desert I had to get a jumper, when I came back Paul was running around cleaning everyone cutlery and plates. But most of the other Scouts were either cooking on the BBQ’s or reading things they had bought in town.  All in all I thought the BBQ was very good fun.


James Kirk


Loading the Lorry

Loading the lorry was quite hard to pack. We all had to take the tents over to the lorry. All the heavy equinti got pack away first. Example: tents, tent poles, patrol boxes.ect. We kept go thorough until the back of the lorry was full of chairs (the light things). After very thing was pack, we did a litter sweep of half the field. We got change into are uniforms and got on the minibuses, and set of for the scout hut. When we got to the scout hut we helped to unpack from the lorry. We took all the chairs out until we got to the big heavy stuff. We put all the ropes, poles away in their right places. Until every things was away.


Oliver Shell


The Journey Home.

After all the equipment had been packed away onto the lorry we did a litter sweep of the field.  We all got onto the buses and at about 3pm we started the journey home.

Everyone was talking to each other all the way home, the only time it was quiet was about halfway home when we were given a packet of crisps!  We had a good journey back and it seemed we reached the scout hut in no time at all. On arrival we had to unpack the equipment from the lorry, before we could go home.


By Graham Wolfe



The role of being an SPL at camp

The role of an SPL (Senior Patrol leader / Simons Personal Lackey) at camp is quite different to the roles of the other scouts. Removed from our positions as patrol leaders, Andrew Tagg, Robert Stroud and myself (Jon Sayer) were asked to perform various tasks that could not be performed by no other scout or leader. This included the making of the leaders tea, a frequent task, as all leaders required the brown fluid to reduce the problems caused by the 40 odd scouts. Many get through 3 or 4 mugs an hour, yet luckily all three SPLs were available to cope with the heavy workload. Other tedious tasks included the digging of several “holes”, one for the leaders “shower”, another as a cesspit and the last for the rest of the stuff…

However, not all of our wearisome lives were as boring as this. With the appointment of becoming an SPL all the scout duties go – The endless washing up, inspections, and “early” nights were no longer part of our role, and we often found ourselves with lots of free time. This was often spent in the marquee with either a game of cards or draughts with one another. We also got to run Tuck Shop every night, which was an enjoyable and reward able job.   

Our other tasks were not bad either. It usually involved supervision of the younger scouts or the running of games. This involved us supervising a patrol on the overnight hike, which was a valuable opportunity to get away from the leaders regular tea ritual for a day.


So, the role of an SPL is not that bad; you get your own tent, lots of free time and you get your meals cooked for you. I found it a fun experience and a good way to spend summer camp without the hassles of patrol life.      


Jon Sayer


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