Event: Orient Express summer camp

Summer Camp is our main camp of the year – a chance to get away for more than just a weekend. It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents. This year our theme is the Orient Express so we’ll be taking a journey through Europe with a new country to explore each day – all without leaving the campsite.

Where: We will be camping on the Larks Field at Blackland Farm camp site near East Grinstead. Blackland Farm is run by the Guides and is visited by Billingshurst Primary School pupils in year 6.

Directions: You will need to make your own way to and from the site. You may like to follow our directions. Whichever way you come you will end up on Grinstead Lane which is narrow in places so please drive carefully.

When: We start at lunchtime on Sunday 13 August so that those that come back from holiday on Saturday can still join us. Camp will run through until lunchtime on Saturday 19 August (unless we don’t get enough people for the full week).
We encourage you to come for the whole week as things are so much more relaxed than a weekend when we cram everything in. We also find that the Cubs get used to sleeping in the tents so by the end of the week end up sleeping in rather than waking the leaders at first light.
For those that think a week is a long time to be at camp we are also offering our usual 3 night mini camp option which ends on Wednesday afternoon.

What: Our Orient Express theme will take us through Europe with a new country to explore each day – all without leaving the campsite. It promises to be a packed week of activities including building the Eiffel Tower, climbing the alps and tunneling into Hungary. We also hope to fit in a real train ride, with a visit to the Bluebell Railway which runs close to the site. We’ll also have plenty of time for games on the field and a few other challenges on the way plus our evening camp fires.

Who: Camp is open to all our members. We’ll also need some extra adults to help out. This doesn’t have to mean camping as we need to transport all the gear and will need help pitching the tents. If you would like to stay with us we will also need help in the kitchen with Marian and Hathi, you could help Jacala and Tabaqui run the activities or just come with us on our picnic hike on the Bluebell Railway (in which case we’d need to ask you to pay your train fare). There is always plenty to do so please ask for more information if you are interested.

Guest list at 25 June (3+8):

  • Evan (mini)
  • James W
  • Joshua (paid)
  • Lucybelle (paid)
  • Luke
  • Martha
  • Megan (mini)
  • Poppy (mini)
  • Robin
  • Thomas B (paid)
  • Violet

Cost: As usual we are using our Parbrook Cashback to keep down the costs that you have to pay. Sadly the costs of activites and camp fees go up every year which makes it harder to keep down costs. Summer camp is always more expensive than our weekend camps because we have to pay for the activities that we do.
We’re subsidising the camp fees by around £30 for mini-campers and £45 for full campers thanks to the money you have raised for us via Easyfundraising. This means that the camp fees are £85 for the mini camp and £125 for the full week. You can reserve your place with a deposit of £25.

Remember that we can only offer Parbrook Cashback discounts if you help us by raising money when you shop online. Use the app or donation reminder toolbar to make sure that you don’t miss out on any donations. For more information and to sign up please visit our Easyfundraising page.

Booking: You can book via My Scout as usual but please remember to pay your camp fees online too. We’ve added a few boxes to the registration form so that adults can volunteer to help with transport and tent pitching before camp plus in the kitchen or with activities during the weekend.
Note that separate events have been created in My Scout for the full camp and the mini camp. Make sure you book on the right one.

Bring: The standard kit list shows the sort of things that you need to bring. We’ll issue one specifically for this camp nearer the time. There is nothing particularly unusual required for this camp. There will be some pre-camp research but we’ll tell you more about that next term.

Previous camps: We last camped at Blackland Farm for Summer Camp in August 2013. 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.