Well what a weekend we all had at Caddihoe! Over 100 scouts and Explorers had fun whilst assisting in selecting the leaders to take our young people...Read article
It has been a while now since I last wrote for Devon Scouts since taking a short retirement post Run To The Fun, In that time nothing much has happened until last weekend. Theme Park Camp, organized by Summit Network, Surrey, is hosted every year 20 minutes away from Thorpe Park.
The concept is simple, you rock up Friday Evening – party – go to Thorpe Park by Red Bus Saturday morning, enjoy yourself even more, return for supper – party – and leave Sunday morning (lunchtime in reality, lie-in included!). In practice it works spectacularly well and you have a lot of fun.
There are three major benefits to this camp: firstly, no Scouts anywhere on camp, none at all; only Explorers and Network present. Secondly, Thorpe Park is an amazing theme park! I cannot stress this enough. You may have had the nice, little and quaint Woodlands camp when you were in Scouts, but it’s time to enter the big league. Thorpe Park has some mega rides with the mega scare factor attached, it has all the food outlets and soft drinks you could want (unlimited drink refills work very well) and being with mates what could go wrong? Third and finally, back at camp you actually have a laugh. Network put on an incredible disco, and fancy dress, that goes on for as long as you last into the night with an amazing light system to match – it’s a proper rave up after all. When you get back to your tents, at whatever hour of your choosing, you can just chill. No need for tent inspection, no need for uniform inspection; you paid for the weekend and you enjoy it. This leads back onto my first point, no Scouts on site which means that everything is flexible and chilled. At Theme Park Camp everyone is so laid back, it has to be one of the most lighthearted and chilled camps I have ever attended – and the food’s not that bad too!
By now you’re probably asking the question: when can I go? Well there will be another Theme Park Camp in 2016 and Devon Scouts will be willing to go again. Believe it or not, this time, only 15 Explorers took up the unbelievable offer; the numbers we can take next time are as high as the ceiling, open to both Explorer and Network. So keep your weekends free for September 2016, it will come around again soon.
Axe Air Explorer Unit, East Devon