Freya’s ‘Blickling Bluebells and Beaches’ Camp

On the 27th to the 29th April 2018, I took four other members of 1st Aylsham Rangers for a weekend of camping as part of my Queen’s Guide Award. This is the highest award available in Guiding and involves a number of elements, one of which being to complete the first six modules of the ‘Senior Section Permit’ or the ‘Going Away with Scheme’. This involves the organising, planning and delivery of a camp. Being only seventeen, this was not an easy task. I needed to book the venue, decide on an itinerary, book the activities, plan and purchase food, distribute kit lists and complete all of the relevant forms to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

Once the paperwork was done, it was time for the camp! On Friday evening at 6:00 the girls arrived at Cromer Sea Scout HQ, where we would be camping for the next two days. We began the weekend by setting up our tent (which we had practiced the week before and managed to put up in under ten minutes!) and then had a snack and drink break. This was more difficult than initially expected by the girls, as to prepare for Norjam 2018 (the international camp we will be attending in the summer), we decided to cook on trangias for the whole weekend.

Once we were used to how long it takes to make a cup of tea, this was no longer a problem and we moved on to our next activity, a Cluedo-inspired ‘murder mystery trail’ which I had designed around the campsite. This involved the girls finding the letters and rearranging these to find out what, where and who did it!

The following day, we cooked eggy bread and bacon on the trangias and prepared our packed lunches. We then got the bus to Aylsham town centre and walked to Blickling to begin the community task I had organised. Thanks to Bethan, a wonderful ranger at Blickling Hall, we were able to help take apart a wood and wire tree cage, which are used to protect the bark from grazing animals. Although this was hard work, the task was rewarding and it meant a lot to please someone else by helping them out. After lunch, we went for a quick walk around Blickling Hall’s stunning bluebell woods and returned to the campsite, where we had some well-earned fish and chips for dinner!

On the final day of the camp, we had pancakes for breakfast and ended the camp by planning some camp decoration for Norjam, striking the tent and tidying the venue. Overall, the weekend was a fantastic experience (despite the terrible weather!) and was excellent preparation for Norjam, which we are all looking forward to very much!

Freya Irving – 1st Aylsham Rangers

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