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The Cubs kicked off the camp with a Grand Howl before becoming financial entrepreneurs with an activity where they had to earn the most cash by buying and selling tokens.
The next morning the Cubs spent some time decorating their sites to look like circus tents.
The rest of the morning was spent creating circus themed jumpers and decorative hats, the tug of war competition started, and Cub had their chance to shine with a “Cubs Got Talent” competition which was overseen and judged by Thurrock Gang Show Director Jan Thurnell.
Saturday Lunchtime was a giant circus picnic with the Cubs and their Leaders dressing up and all joining together in the middle of the campsite to eat. This was followed by a colourful Grand Circus Parade.
The afternoon saw a number of fun activities take place including nerf guns, popcorn making, archery, a bar slide, tin can alley, and wet sponge throwing which the Cubs thoroughly enjoyed as the ADC and DDC Youth Programme were both targets!
After dinner the Cubs were challenged with some more mental activities before it was time for the campfire which was run by the District Commissioner, Graham Monk.
The campfire was not the end of the day’s activities however. The Cubs and Leaders were then treated to a surprise display of fire juggling which the young people found very exciting.
Sunday’s activities tested the Cub’s circus skills, with tube spinning, tight rope walking, unicycle, speed stacking, hula hoops, diablo and knife throwing.
Finally, after lunch and while the camp was starting to dismantle, the Cubs were kept entertained by Marky Mark and Magic Marvo.
Steve Cootes, ADC Cubs thought the camp was a great success, “It was great to hear many of the Cubs sigh with disappointment that the camp was over. Even though the weather was not the best, the young people still had a really great weekend.”
The support from Chadwell, Stifford Orca, 1st Ockendon, Hillside, Orsett & Bulphan Wolves, 7th Grays Cromwell, Belhus and Chafford Cub packs as well as all of the Active Support Units, Phoenix Network and the staff at Condovers meant that the camp was one of the best ever and many thanks to all the work they contributed to it’s success.
The Beavers and their cuddly friends enjoyed a number of activities including cooking yummy marshmallows over a fire, cork guns and a bouncy castle. There was also the chance to create a scarf and woggle so their teddies could be invested.
The greatest fun was reserved just for the teddies though, as they all slid down their own zip wire!
The day was finished with a wide game where the young people had to be turned into teddy bears themselves. Leaders across the campsite had one of nine different parts of a teddy bear face to paint on the Beavers
The focus this year was on getting the Scouts to mix and take part in activities away from the comfort of their troops and to make new friends that they may not necessarily have made otherwise.
The organising team decided to split all of the scout troops into different teams, sending half off site on the Saturday for a 7 mile hike (and minibus ride) that featured stop offs at Chadwell Scout HQ for Shooting, which was won by Megan Marshall from Orsett & Bulphan Petre Troop, East Tilbury Scout HQ for Wall Climbing and Coalhouse Fort for Pedal Cars and Orienteering before returning back to Condovers. While all this was happening, the remaining Scouts took part in 8 bases around the campsite which were: Climbing & Abseiling, Backwoods Cooking, Bushcraft, Ropeless Pioneering, Rocket Bottles, Blind Trail, Woggle Making & Craft and the Bungee Run & Kave Maze.
Then on Sunday we did exactly the same again. With those Scouts that were on site going off and those off site taking part in the bases around the campsite.
On Saturday evening we had a Disco and
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