Event: Summer camp 2018

Our Summer Camp this year takes us to Downe Scout Activity Centre. We have got all week so 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 12 August and will run through until lunchtime on Saturday 18 August.
While we encourage everybody to come and have the full week at camp we know that not everybody can make it and so we will also be offering a mini-camp option which will finish at 5.30pm on Wednesday 15 August.

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 backwoods cooking badge plus adventure and outdoor challenges. We are still working out the detailed programme.

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 £100 for the camp including all food, fees and activities. The camp fee for mini campers will be £70.

Who: Camp is open to all our Cubs but is limited to 12 because of the groups that are allowed to take part in the activities. On 6 February the guest list is as follows:

  • 3 Cubs – Martha, Rohan, Emily
  • Leaders camping – Tabaqui, Jacala, Keego
  • Adults camping – Marian, Kaa

We do need an extra adult to help Marian in the kitchen for all or part of the week.

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: For now please reserve your place

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