WOW! That is the only way you can sum up a week of excellent weather (with the odd shower and tornado to spice things up!), a vast array of activities, smiley happy Scouts, Explorers and Leaders, and an experience they will never forget.
Bognor District camped on Xanadu Sub-Camp, and numbered 24 young people from Middleton, South Bersted, 11th and 2nd Bognor, while Aldwick & Pagham camped separately with Tsunami Explorers on Chichimec. The highlight of the opening ceremony was a surprise visit from Bear Grylls and David Walliams – not sure who was more excited–the young people or the Leaders!
From that moment on, the fun never ceased, with discos and bands, it’s a knockout competitions, high adventure and activities ranging from Parascending to Brass Rubbing – some more exciting than others!! It was great to support Father Trevor and cheer him on as he ran the Scouts and Guides Own Service and caused much hilarity by making us all make paper aeroplanes – he was a regular visitor for breakfast too!
All the young people were able to take part in a range of activities, and also had the opportunity of meeting Scouts and Guides from 17 different countries that were represented – lots of badges were swapped and hopefully lasting friendships made.
Wednesday saw the International Bazaar where our Human Fruit Machine raised £50 towards the Camp Charity – the Sussex Air Ambulance Appeal. Aldwick & Pagham ran a successful water slide – though DC Bongo declined to take part so was soaked instead! We were visited by Phil Packer, one of the new Scout Ambassadors, who spent time talking to the Scouts and telling them about the BRIT trust.
All too soon we were packing up to come home, all very tired but with memories that will last a lifetime – thank you to our amazing catering team and to all the Leaders who gave up their holiday time to support the young people – and also to Tony Hurren and Peter Witham who supported WS as members of the International and Activity teams – we loved Tony’s yellow T-shirt and look forward to seeing it round Bognor!
Thanks must also go to Bognor Rotary and Hotham Rotary who supported us by providing money for transport–and to all the parents and other Leaders who have supported all our fundraising efforts.
Roll on 2017 for the next Chapter in our WS adventures!
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