Summer Camp – finally!

by | 13 September 2022 | Children's Group, Retford

Twenty-six members of 7th Retford (St Swithun’s) Scouts and Cannon Choughs Explorer Scout Unit set off on 28th July for a six-night Summer Camp at Kibblestone in Staffordshire. An advanced party went on 27th to start setting up.

There were many onsite activities including cave maze, night line, climbing and abseiling on Friday. On Saturday all the young people did crate climbing, target archery, rifle shooting, Cows’ Tails (high ropes course) and orienteering. On Sunday, it was High All Aboard, axe throwing and a bean bag game for the younger ones.

Monday morning was tree climbing and in the afternoon a visit to Monkey Forest at Trentham, followed by the treat of a chip shop tea. Tuesday was a full activity day at Swadlincote Ski Centre and everyone tried sno-tubing, drop slide, toboggan run and a ski lesson.

Wednesday morning it was tidying up, packing tents away and waiting for the minibus to arrive.

At the start of July, the Scouts had a practice at putting up different tents and an indoor cave maze. The Explorers were practicing their menu planning and cooking skills on a strict budget – a very useful life skill for those heading off to college. The Cubs had a fun session of water games and the cave maze with different things to find in it.

Thanks to a previous article in Retford Life, a new adult wants to volunteer with the Cub section. Charlotte is in the process of moving to Retford and has been part of the Scouting and Guiding family all her life. She is a primary school teacher. At the last minute, the group got clearance for Charlotte to join the Summer Camp. Her help was much appreciated, and she got on very well with the young people.

Any enquiries for Beaver Scouts (5 ¾ years old up to 8 ½ years old), or to put your child on the waiting list, please contact Kirsty Matthews on For children aged 7 ½ years old and older, or DofE volunteers or adults, please contact Hazel on or phone 01777 704835. There are lots of ways to become involved in the group as a leader, an occasional helper or in the background managing the building and equipment etc.