Golden Jubilee Camp at Gladstone
Friday 20th September 2002
On Friday 20th September, Saltney Ferry Cub Scouts attended the Clwyd Area County Golden Jubilee Camp, at Gladstone Training Centre in Hawarden. Nine Cub Scouts from Saltney Ferry attended the camp, along with 2 leaders, an Explorer Scout, a helper, and a younger brother(who looks much older than he is!!!). Many thanks to Dave and Dan who helped during the weekend, it was much appreciated.
The weekend was held to commemorate the Queens Golden Jubilee, and was attended by a large number of Cub Scouts from the Wrexham and Flintshire Districts. During the weekend a large number of activities were arranged, pictures of some of the activities can be seen below.
Friday 20th September
The weekend started with the Grand Howl, and later a camp fire. After the camp fire, the Cub Scouts went back to the sites, and had some supper. We then tried to get some sleep, but it was difficult when it sounded like you were camped in the centre lane of the M1! I did think about closing off the road at one point with all the cones we had, in the hope of getting to sleep.
Saturday 21st September
The next day proved to be quite an eventful day. With the Cub Scouts trying out a number of bases set out by various groups.
The base we arranged was Bungee Collection. The idea was to collect Golden Balls from the top of the cones quicker than your partner. the first one collecting seven balls was the winner. But we did add another few complications. i.e. you were fastened to a bungee, and you had to go across a very slippy groundsheet. However over five hours the base ran, with not one accident, and plenty of fun. The pictures above show Cub Scouts collecting balls, flying through the air, and crawling.
Another popular activity was the abseiling. Abseiling is a great leveller, with some younger lads doing it whilst other big lads did not even try. Unfortunately I was not there to see this activity, but we got some photo's anyway.
Cub Scouts even tried making badges, and popcorn(I think!!!).
Other Fun Day activities included Horseshoe Throwing, Treasure Hunt, Blindfold Challenge, and Elastic Band Shooters.
Saturday was ended with a big game of Cat and Mouse, followed by entertainment in the big tent. why our Cub Scouts acted like Gerbils I will never know, but that's our older lads for you!
Sunday 22nd September
Sunday was started with an investiture of a new Cub Scout in our group. An Investiture at camp is always a nice occasion, and it is far better than holding it at the headquarters. The Commonwealth Games were then held, with a number of challenges. My group were the South African team, and we were joined by a team from Botswana. Well not actually! mine were really from Saltney Ferry, Moss, and Flint.
The activity they seamed to enjoy the most was wrestling. Starting with exercises, and then having a tournament.
Pictured are members of the South African and Botswana teams doing exercises, and getting ready for action.
The wrestling tournament then began.
Other new Commonwealth competitions included the Blindfold Trail, and the Sergeant Jump.
Unfortunately snow did not fall on Gladstone, so we had to improvise with the skiing!
Although a lot more events were held, the last one pictured is the shooting (water pistols of course!)
The events were completed with the medal ceremony. In which we had two Gold Medalists.
Although a picture of a Cub Scout from another Group, this to me said what the weekend was about. A Cub Scout having a thoroughly good time!
Finally I would like to end a brilliant weekend, by showing you some of the celebrities who joined us on our weekend. These included the Addams Family, the Honey Monster, and Kojak!
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