Our night away in February 2018 took us to Runway’s End activity centre near Farnborough. It was a level 1 camp as we had warm 5 bedded rooms, each with their own toilet and shower. However, the high cost of this sort of accommodation (and the VAT that they charge) meant that we restricted our stay to just one night.
Camp started at 10am on Saturday morning and we were grateful for the warm building as the weather outside was cold and damp. Two of our campers were transferring from Beavers so we started with investitures.
With the formal part of the camp out of the way we had a quick game of hockey before venturing outside in the damp to explore the site and its fixed orienteering course. The bases were a little tired and well hidden – some groups never did find number 2. As the rain came down, the paper sheets that had to be punched at each base became increasingly soggy so we were glad to return inside for soup and sandwiches.
After lunch we were in the hands of the Runway’s End instructors. Unfortunately our climbing instructor was ill so one of the groups did archery instead. Several of the Cubs earned a special sticker that showed that they had popped a balloon on the target. The other group headed for the caving centre. After their safety briefing the Cubs changed into their caving suits and headed into the purpose-built caves. Just like real caves the roof was dripping with water and the tunnels were a bit damp in places. One of the groups was so confident in the tunnels that it went through them with no torches on at all. We were grateful to have Rann with us as he took some of the Cubs through tunnel 1.
After a warming dinner of Marian’s homemade lasagne followed by chocolate pudding and ice cream the Runway’s End duty manager decided that we needed to do a fire drill. So we dutifully headed outside into the rain. After being assessed for compliance we headed for the woods for a soggy game of spotlight. Then it was back inside for camp fire songs in front of the wood burning stove.
On Sunday the sun was shining for our hike along the Basingstoke Canal. We started near the Farnborough Road bridge and then headed along the canal to Eelmoor Flash. The canal was mostly sheltered from the breeze but when we got to the actual end of the runway it was a bit more exposed and rather chilly. That didn’t stop the Cubs wanting to stay and watch the planes. The second one to take off was operated by Vista Jet and its website gives a clue of what it may have been like inside. After returning to Runway’s End for a hot lunch we had some team building games in the hall before it was time to head for home.
Our guest list was:
- 19 Cubs – Adam, Emily, Finley K, Finn L, Harry F, Harry L, Izzy, James, Jasmine, Joshua, Lukas, Luke K, Luke W, Martha, Poppy, Tegan, Thomas, Tommy, Violet
- Leaders and helpers – Akela, Keego, Jacala, Rann, Marian, Lindsay
We’re grateful to all the helpers who came along to make it such a good weekend. Remember – Cubs is not just kids stuff – we’re always pleased to have more helpers, especially helping Marian in the kitchen. Do ask if you would like to get involved next time.