Summer camp Great Tower in the Lake District

This years summer camp was a little special with a very fun packed programme in the lake district.

On Sunday we prepared and executed a 5 mile hike learning compass and mapping skills in and around Barrow-in-Furness as well as planning a menu for the following evening.

On Monday we scrambled and slid down a mountain stream 'ghyll' in a wet suit and shorts; riding waterfalls, jumping into washing machines and sliding along coffins. We then went swimming Keswick before shopping and cooking our own evening meal. Our patrol made fish fingers from scratch. 

On Tuesday we stayed on site measuring trees, making sundials and tying knots, before cratestacking and tree climbing in the afternoon. In the evening we then met with 1st Silsden, a Yorkshire group, where we sang and performed stunts.

On Wednesday it was up early and to Honister slate mine where we scaled a cliff face. Here I overcame my fear of heights when a had to cross a steel rope bridge that was equivalent to three times the height of the shard in London. It was awesome and very scary.

That night I was one of the lucky ones who had been selected to go on a secret mission - to camp in a secret location overnight without any leaders. It rained all night and in the morning we cooked sausage sandwiches. That was really cool being trusted to be on our own.

Thursday we were on site again learning about bullying, first aid and surveying an area of land using chaining. In the afternoon we went canoeing and kayaking in lake Windermere. It was lovely and warm. Here we ended up having an all-out war of trying to sink each other. In the evening we then cooked our last patrol meal; burgers and chips except we made the burgers. Yum, yum.

Friday, our last full day. A hike up the 'Old Man' at Coniston, 11km hike, 800m high and 6 hours later we did it. Later that night we packed up ready for the long journey home.

Camp was so cool. I wouldn't have believed we could have done so much in a week. I can't wait for the next camp.

An anonymous Scout.


By Carl Reeder on August 14th, 2013