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Summer Camp 2014 – Day 4

Posted on July 31st, 2014 by Carl Gaskell

This morning the weather was great – in fact quite hot, so everyone donned their suncream and set off for their next day of adventure!

The plan is: over the next two days, the groups will be splitting up – going Land Yachting and visiting Tyne Cot one day, while the others spend their time at an activity centre, taking part in Archery, High Ropes, Zip Wire, Kayaking, BMX riding and Climbing. And then swapping for the second day.

By the end of the day, we were all exhausted(!) so had a well-earned a evening’s down-time, where the scouts chilled and some of them showed us their football and Frisbee skills..

 

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Summer Camp 2014 – Day 3

Posted on July 30th, 2014 by Carl Gaskell

Day 3 of our Summer Camp to Belgium took us to Molignee Valley to go Rail Biking and take a visit to a local Abbey.

It looks like we finally had the winning side of the weather – for the whole railbiking session we pedalled away in the bright sun, on the return journey the heavens opened, and then the clouds disappeared and we spent the evening in Ghent.

 

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Summer Camp 2014 – Day 2

Posted on July 29th, 2014 by Carl Gaskell

Monday morning – day 2 of Summer Camp 2014, followed a night of very heavy rain and storms – we all got up feeling somewhat battered! But after a great continental breakfast we braved the weather and set out into Bruges by train, to spend the day literally “soaking” up the sights..

On arrival, we broke up in to smaller groups and visited the Bell Tower, went for trips on the canals, visited the local shops and parks, before heading for a dip in the local pool.

In the evening we learnt about the history behind the “Lest We Forget” slogan, played a Krypton Factor quiz, and headed off to bed just as the clouds finally broke to reveal a glorious end to the day. Here’s hoping for a drier and quieter night!!

 

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Summer Camp 2014 – Day 1

Posted on July 27th, 2014 by Carl Gaskell

We arrived in Dover in plenty of time, and with calm seas and a glorious sky all around, had a very pleasant crossing across the Channel.

Arriving on the other side, the convoy continued on through the top end of France, before arriving at camp around 4pm, local time.

Our kit van was already on-site, so we unloaded, unpacked and put up our tents and spent some time orienting ourselves with the site – a fabulous 20 hectaire woodland site within the rural district of Loppem, near Brugge.

Following a hearty 3-course(!) meal, we had relaxing evening and discussed the week ahead, before off to bed to be ready for the first activity in the morning.

 

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Greetings from Belgium!

Posted on July 27th, 2014 by Carl Gaskell

And we’re off!!!

Early this morning, with beautiful skies all around us, we left sunny Reading in high spirits, and headed for the South Coast for the start of our Summer Camp 2014, which this year takes us abroad to Bruges in Belgium.

We have plenty fun in store over the coming week – keep checking back here and we’ll upload pictures and commentary as the week goes on!

 

Day 1 – The journey

Day 2 – All around Bruges

Day 3 – Railbikes!

Day 4 – Let’s get ready to rumble..

Day 5 - No rest yet..

Day 6 – Out and About

Day 7 – One last look

Day 8 – Homeward Bound

 

 

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