Summer Camp is our main camp of the year and gives a chance to camp with us for more than just a weekend. 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.
What to do now: All our campers need to complete our usual online health form. Also please make sure that you have paid your camp fee. We have some of each outstanding at the moment.
We have now published the joining instructions which include the kit list and detailed directions to the site
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.
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 6 nights is a long time to be at camp we are also offering our usual 3 night mini camp option which ends at 5.30pm on Wednesday 15 August.
What: Our on site activities include the adventure course, abseiling, grass sledging and the crate challenge. We’ll also be hiking to Down House, former home of Charles Darwin. Our camping field has plenty of space for games and adjoins woods that form part of the site making it ideal for exploring, shelter building and wide games. We also plan to end every evening with camp fire songs.
Badges: In addition to those all important nights and hikes away we hope to work on the backwoods cooking and athletics badges plus adventure and outdoor challenges.
Preparation for activities: There isn’t any formal homework but we would like everybody to think about how they could describe themselves in 4 pictures (which they should be able to draw). This could be emojis but doesn’t have to be. You’ll also need to bring two A4 sized pieces of thin card (such as a cereal box) and 3 x 1p coins.
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 a big chunk 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. This is less than we charged last year – largely because being a Scout run site they do not charge us VAT.
Who: Camp is open to all our Cubs. We are limited to a total of 12 campers because of the size of groups that are allowed to take part in the activities.
On 29 July the guest list is as follows:
- Full camp – 9 Cubs – Martha (pd+HF), Emily (dep+HF), Adam (pd+HF), Joshua (pd+HF), Jasmine (pd+HF), Izzy (pd+HF), Thomas (pd+HF), Lucybelle (pd+HF), Violet (pd+HF)
- Standard mini camp (Su-We) – 3 Cubs – James (pd+HF), Tommy (pd+HF), Luke (pd)
- Reverse mini camp (Th-Sa) – 1 Cub – Rohan (pd+HF)
- Leaders camping – Tabaqui, Jacala, Helen
- Adults camping – Marian, Kaa
We do need an extra adults to help transport gear, pitch the tents etc. We hope that you will be able to assist. See the “helper at camp” section of our join us page to see what sort of help we need.
Paperwork: All our places are taken but all campers do need to complete our standard online health form.
Join: We have now published the joining instructions which include the kit list and detailed directions to the site.
View: We last visited Downe in 2014 and you can see our report from that camp on the website via our Reports page. For a more recent summer camp how about checking the report from our Orient Express camp at Blackland Farm in 2017.