Date: 15th Oct 2019 Author: Tracey Daniell

The cubs had a fantastic time on their annual Skills Camp recently; carrying their own kit they hiked approximately 5.5 km from Pyrford Church to Birchmere Campsite!

We had 4 dads with us on this weekend: Gary, Scott, Rob and Graham; the cubs set off in two groups and with adult help navigated themselves across fields and the canal, through lots of woods and a golf course!

On arrival at camp, cubs erected their tents and got their kit laid out for the night.  Dinner was chilli which they cooked themselves on Trangias; this is an activity they all love doing, even in the rain.  We had use of one of the huts so we cooked outside and ate indoors so no one got cold.  We had cake for afters and celebrated 2 birthdays: Elina’s and Graham’s.

We even had a campfire; cubs always do a great job of freestyling it on this camp!

On Sunday morning we cooked bacon rolls for breakfast and the best way to cook bacon is in the rain so the bacon is gently poached in rainwater!  Plus it makes the washing up easier.

The wet weather did not dampen anyone’s spirits; in fact, it gave it a different edge!

We then struck camp and hiked a slightly shorter distance to The Anchor at Pyrford Lock for parents to pick the cubs up; coincidentally just as the pub opened…

Report & photos by Alex Cooke

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls