Joining: Summer camp

Our Commonwealth Summer Camp is fast approaching so it is time to confirm the final arrangements.

Summary of arrangements
When Sun 16 to either Wed 19 or Sat 22 August
Meet Bentley Copse Scout Camp site.
We are on the centre site on main field near the car park
Wear You must arrive in uniform top and scarf
Bring See our kit list.
Special items this time include folding chair, hike kit, homework, cakes
Return Wed 19: presentations at 5.15pm
Sun 22: closing ceremony at 11.30am
To do now Don’t forget to do your country research homework
Check the kit list & pack clothes for all weathers

Where: We will be camping on the Sherman Field at Bentley Copse Camp Site near Cranleigh. We’re on the centre of the field behind the flag pole.

Directions: You will need to make your own way to and from the site. You may like to follow our directions. The journey from Billingshurst should take you about 30 minutes. Whichever way you come you will end up on the narrow lanes so please drive carefully. Keep a look out for the site on the right as you head downhill on Hound House Road. Do not rely on your satnav as the camp site warns us that it is likely to take you past the site.

When: Camp starts on Sunday 16 August.

  • 1pm – meet at the hall to help load the van. We’d be grateful for help with transporting the kit. If you can fit anything in your car then it will ease the weight in the van – just bring it along when you drop off your Cub.
  • 2pm – site booking starts at Bentley Copse. We have a lot of tents to put up so would welcome additional adult helpers
  • 4pm – if you are not putting up tents then please do not arrive until 4pm as we will not be ready for you.

Camp will run through until Saturday 22 August when we close at 11.30am. Mini campers leave on Wednesday 19 August after presentations at 5.15pm.

Helpers: We’re grateful to Lara and Tracy for coming to join us at camp for the day on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. If you are free on Tuesday and would like to join our hike, or can come along to help in the kitchen on Friday please let Jacala know – we do need to know in advance. We’d also like some extra help taking things down on Saturday – please come along from 10am.

Campers: The final guest list is:
Full week (8+3): Olivia, Grace, Lily, Kinley, Charlie, Henry, Jake, William and Lucas plus Aaron, Hannon and Holly (Scouts).
Mini camp (5): Aiden, Craig, Katie, Theo and Ethan.
Check our Summer Camp tracker to make sure we have received your forms and payments.

Cost: Camp fees are £70 for the mini camp and £130 for the full week. All fees are now paid – thank you.

Paperwork: All in – thank you.

Homework: Each of our Cubs needs to research information about a country in the Commonwealth. We’ve allocated the countries based on our Caribbean or Oceania teams. (The Scouts that are camping with us have also got countries but do not need to research them – just know about their flag.)
For your country you should find out where it is (a map of the country and a map of the world), name of the capital city, what language is spoken, surface area, population, currency and internet TLD (top level domain – e.g. .uk for the United Kingdom, .fr for France). Once you get to camp we’ll be asking you to make a flag for your country so make sure you know what it looks like but no need to make one in advance.

Bring: The kit list has been updated and shows all that you need to bring. Please check it carefully as there are some items that are not usually required – such as for our hike on Tuesday and cakes for the kitchen. The weather still looks uncertain so make sure you have packed waterproofs, welly boots for the wet grass in the mornings and warm clothes for the cool evenings in addition to your sun hat and sun cream. Don’t forget to bring your homework.

Previous camps: We last camped at Bentley Copse for Summer Camp in August 2012. Have a look at our reports from past events to see what it is like – just click on the reports link at the top of the page.