Event: Summer camp

Our Summer Camp this year takes us to Downe Scout Activity Centre. Our theme is the naturalist’s badge but there will be plenty of time for the usual camp fires, wide games and on site activities too. It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents.

Where: We will be camping at Downe Scout Activity Centre near Biggin Hill.

Directions: You will need to make your own way to and from the site. You may like to follow our directions. We’ll publish more details in our joining instructions. Whichever way you come you will end up on the narrow country lanes so please drive carefully.

When: Summer Camp is always in the same week in mid-August. This year we start on the afternoon of Sunday 10 August and will run through until 5.30pm on Wednesday 13 August. We would normally camp for the whole week but unfortunately only had 5 Cubs wanting to do that bit which was not enough to make it viable.

What: Our on site activities are expected to include the adventure course, abseiling, grass sledging and the crate challenge. We’ll also be hiking to Down House, former home of Charles Darwin.

Badges: In addition to those all important nights and hikes away we hope to work on the naturalist, camper and backwoods cooking badges.

Cost: Activity centre costs seem to keep going up and that puts pressure on our attempts to keep camp fees low. As usual we are using some of the money you have raised for us through painless fundraising to subsidise the camp fees. That means that we are able to charge just £65 for the camp including all food, fees and activities.

Who: Camp is open to all our Cubs and our guest list has now closed. On 30 July the guest list is as follows:

  • 15 Cubs – Grace, Lauren, Zack, Adam M, Jake, Ollie, Gareth, Olivia, James, Lily, Luke P, Adam S, Alex, Holly and Harry
  • Helpers camping – Tabaqui
  • Adults camping – Akela, Jacala, Marian, Kelly (Sun), Hathi (Mon-Wed), Steve B (Tue)

Bring: the kit list will show all that you need to bring. Note that there are some differences to the standard kit list including a lightweight chair (for the camp fire) and a water bottle, lunch box and day sack (for our hike). We’d also be grateful for donations of cakes for the kitchen.

Paperwork: Please complete our online health form.

View: We last visited Downe in 2010 and you can see our report from that camp via our old website.