One hundred plus members of 5th Dartford Scout Group descended to Bexon Lane Campsite for the Annual Family Camp, over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The camp was themed as “Back to Basics” with all the family experiencing a traditional Scout Camp. As with most 5th Dartford camps, family patrols were awarded points for various activities throughout the weekend, such as getting to the top of the climbing wall or getting a bulls eye in archery or shooting. These points could be used to mark points on 5th Dartford’s very own treasure map, with the closest to the “buried treasure” winning a prize!
To maximise a patrol’s chances of hitting the buried treasure, all were encouraged to participate in as many activities as possible. The weekend included the usual shooting, archery, and climbing, with the addition of a few different activities such as go-karts, a cardboard chariot race and backwoods cooking. A hike was arranged for Sunday morning with the majority taking part, fortunately only a few of these, led by Dave got lost! The evenings were spent with a wine and cheese night, and a quiz night, both of which were enjoyed by all adults, while our younger members enjoyed wide games around the campsite.
To finish the camp off, we had a successful campfire on the Sunday evening, a first time experience for many… and some excellent singing!
Judging by the feedback received, a good time was had by all, and a few “non-campers” have been converted! Thanks to all those who attended and helped to make it such a success.
Here’s to next year!
Zara & Dan