The Cubs have been looking forward to our Term 4 Summer Camp – we’re heading to Camp Windeyer on Berowra Creek for the weekend. While it’s only about half an hour drive from our Scout Hall, it feels like a world away from Sydney.
After arriving on Friday evening (crossing the creek on a barge to get to the camp), we start on Saturday morning with an obstacle course.
It’s a challenging course – especially when a mis-step means landing in the swamp below…
As the day warms up, the Cubs head to the water – Camp Windeyer is surrounded by Still Creek and Berowra Creek, so there’s plenty of places to swim and ropes to swing from!
There’s a rope swing which provides plenty of entertainment for the Cubs!
After lunch, it’s back into the water for some more aquatic activities and games.
The only way to and from Camp Windeyer is by barge across Still Creek – we cross back to the cars to get some more ice, and farewell one of our Cubs who needs to leave early.
Before it gets too dark, Toby musters up a few Cubs to help light the fire under the boiler, which provides hot water for cleaning up. (Camp Windeyer has town water and flushing toilets, so quite luxurious for a Scout camp – but no mains power and cooking is by gas BBQ or stove).
The Cubs are fast asleep by 9:30pm after an exhausting day… and the Cub Leaders and parents are not too far behind them!
Sunday’s our last day, and despite the promise of ice blocks none of the Cubs demonstrate much energy. It’s been an exhausting (and hot) day on Saturday, and they all want to go home and play on their iPads!
We manage get the Cubs mildly excited by a competition to “Pop the Top” – the Cubs compete to light a fire underneath a coffee tin with some water inside, and “pop” the lid off from the steam that builds inside. It turns out to be a great activity, despite the wind making it challenge to light the kindling. A big thanks to Cameron, the Camp Warden, for suggesting this activity (we’ll be doing this again with all the Cubs at our Scout Hall).
Even though we all know the top is about to “pop” – it still startles the Cubs and adults!
After “Pop the Top” it’s time for Closing Ceremony and lunch, before we head home, back across the creek and along the winding road through Galston Gorge. It’s been an exhausting but fun weekend. A huge thanks to Cameron, the ever-helpful Camp Warden, who’s help made our stay so enjoyable.