Cubs Weekend Camp at Baden Powell – Nov 2017

After months (or at least weeks!) of planning, we’re off to the Baden Powell Scout Centre for a 3-day/2 night Cub camp on 17-19 November. We’ve got nearly all the Cubs (17 in total) participating, with an action-packed weekend of activities around the theme of “Doing Something I’ve Never Done Before”.

After arriving late Friday afternoon and finding our cabins, we enjoy a traditional Italian meal, before the evening activities.

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Despite the forecast of a very wet weekend, the rain holds off allowing us to build a campfire. The Cubs test their fire-lighting skills and enjoy cooking damper over the fire. It’s a late night by the time we get the Cubs into bed!

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Saturday starts early. The Cubs are up at 6am, and we have breakfast at 7am followed by our Opening Ceremony. We show the Cubs how to “break” the flag, before our first activity commences.

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We challenge the Cubs with a rogaining exercise: the Cubs have to find codes, hidden all over the camp, in order to work out a scrambled phrase. After a briefing by Mim and Will, two Rovers who are leading this activity, the Cubs are off in small groups. (Full photo gallery)

After successfully completing the challenge, the next activity is the Leap of Faith. It’s very simple. Each Cub has to climb up to a 10m platform in a tree, using ladders and spikes – and jump off! Just about every Cub does this, without any qualms. (Full photo gallery.)

After lunch, more fun and adventure awaits with a Crate Stacking exercise. Standing on top of the stack, how high can the Cubs build a stack of milk crates before it comes crashing down? The exercise requires balance and confidence, and pushes the Cubs to their personal limits whilst encouraging team work and communication. It was the favourite activity of the day! (Full photo gallery.)

It’s been a tiring day – but it’s not over yet. Having physically exhausted the Cubs, now it’s time to mentally challenge them! After a few brain-teasers, we give them a simple challenge: balance 14 nails on top of the head of a single nail. All of the nails have to be balanced at the same time and cannot touch anything but the top of the nail that is stuck in the base. The Cubs don’t think it’s possible. The adults don’t thinks it’s possible either… but Brian, who’s leading the exercise, is very confident that’s it really quite simple. Amazingly, with a tiny bit of encouragement and lots of team work, each of the teams manage to complete the challenge fairly quickly! (More photos.)

It’s finally time for dinner, and with the rain still holding off we’re able to have another campfire, where we are joined by the 3rd Mosman Sea Scouts (who are sharing the camp with us).

The following morning is very quiet, with not a sound to be heard at 6am. Still total silence at 6:30am. By 7am the Cubs are stirring, and after some free time we’re off on the “City View” bushwalk. It’s about 1.3km each way from our camp, to a lookout over Lane Cove River National Park with the city in the distance. While we have our morning tea, we do some revision with the Cubs around bush safety.

Before we conclude our Camp with a Closing Ceremony, we invest five new Cubs – Emilie, Marlon, Grace, Martin and Isabelle.

It’s been an exhausting but very rewarding three days for the Cubs, leaders and parent helpers – but we’re already looking forward to our next camp! A huge thanks to our parent helpers (and future leaders!) Georgia, Brian and Toby.