8th Darlington Scout Group 2017
Inside: 33 miles of hikes, trains, birds of prey, mud, treasure hunts, huge pies, more mud, fancy dress, more trains and other exciting camping snippets!
Summer Camp 2017:Pickering Prologue Written by Neil Duncan Finding a venue for this year’s Summer Camp was a lot more difficult than usual. The Group has a few possible sites to choose from and we try to rotate them as often as possible, so there is a bit of variety in the programmes. As mentioned in the last Summer Camp edition, we had hoped to return to Pickering in 2016, but due to flood defence work by the Environment Agency, it wasn’t possible. However, after many phone calls and visits by our Group Scout Leader Alec Llewellyn to the Ginger Pig’s farm manager, Ian, we finally secured use of the field just 3 months before Camp was due to start. Initially, we were going to be in a different field than previous years. However, the day before we set off, a brief email was sent out to Leaders saying that we’re back at our original site. This seemed like great news as it was a fantastic place to camp – easy access to the river and woods plus the train tracks right next to us for the best waving opportunities. When we arrived, we immediately noticed a problem – a long trench had been dug out exactly where we wanted to the marquee! Obviously, the site was still a work-in-progress for the Environment Agency, as they were busy digging around the far end of the field for most of the week. It wasn’t until a few days into camp when we realised how much work was done by the EA to make the area a flood defence for the town. They had dug various trenches, built an embankment and brought in 1000’s of tons of Blue Clay from around York to line out the field as the bottom of a reservoir. While this was great news for Pickering, it turned out to be far from ideal for us!
A bit of rain never hurts anyone and it is very rare we have a perfectly dry camp these days, but the conditions this year put even our hardiest members to the test. Usually after a shower, the rain sinks into the soil and drains away – unfortunately, this didn’t prove to be the case for a clay based field and we were soon camping in a muddy bog, reminiscent of the Battle of Passchendaele, which commemorated its 100th anniversary recently, and there was nothing we could do about it. Fires and pits filled with water and it was sometimes an hourly task to bail them out! Whatever the weather threw at us, we persevered and it was great to be able to return to a site that we first used 20 years ago (in much nice weather!) We are very grateful to the Ginger Pig company for allowing us to use their land and we hope to return to the area in a few years’ time to enjoy the wonderful sights and activities on offer in that part of the world. This was a special camp for Scout Leader, Rob King, and Senior Leader, Julie Carter, as it was their first Summer Camp in many years. They have both recently rejoined the Group as Leaders. However, they were both in the Group from Scouts. It’s great to have them back!!
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Saturday 22nd July 2017 Written by Matthew Currey
On Saturday the 22nd of July a collection of Scouts, Senior Scouts, Rovers and Leaders packed two vans and a car in preparation for Summer Camp 2017. After a quick pack, the Rovers and Leaders set off to the site in cars, while the Scouts and seniors piled into a Sea Scout minibus. The journey was filled with much excitement, with talk of Doctor Who’s Mickey (played by Noel Clarke) and accompanied by Mark’s 80s playlist. The Group arrived in Pickering around 11 A.M and was met with heavy rain that wore off as the unpacking went on. With a certain degree of urgency the marquee, Icelandic's, army tents, food shelters, kitchens and other tents were all put up in good time (with a full 360 degree photo of the camp available on the Group Facebook page). During the construction of the camp the group also engaged
in the first of many instances of waving at the steam trains that ran alongside the field. The group then broke for a wood collect for tea, while also bearing in mind tomorrow’s gadget building. The first meal of camp was a solid favorite among many, with sausage pasta on the menu. After finishing their food and washing up, some free time came. The Seniors spent most of theirs playing cards while the Scouts conversed around their dwindling fire, all ready and waiting for their first full day of camp.
Sunday 23rd July 2017 Written by Maddie Simpson After being awoken at 8am on Sunday morning, fires were lit and everyone quickly prepared for the morning. Shortly after, morning flag was done before all campers head to the river for a wash. A cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs was eaten before inspection and a massive wood collect. This was needed for gadget building in the afternoon. A traditional event on Sunday morning at Summer Camp is the Scout’s Own. This year, the focus of the service was perseverance- if you try, then you can succeed. We listened to songs such as: ‘Here Comes the Sun (do do do do)’ and ‘You Can Get it if You Really Want’, both of which were consumed for campers to feel inspired and go on to do great things.
Baked Potatoes were put on the fires whilst Scouts, Seniors and Rovers built gadgets for their kitchen. This enables campers to practice knots and lashings, helps their kitchens to work more smoothly and it allows kitchens to gain some more points in inspection!! Gadgets such as: tables, billy racks, mug trees and frying pan holders were built by all sections. After a short break to eat baked potatoes, cheese and beans for lunch, gadget building continued for the afternoon. Gadget building was drawn to a close and a tea of Thai chilli mince and rice was cooked and eaten. The weather had been on and off most of the day, starting off quite mild, then extremely sunny late morning, then ending the day in torrential rain. Due to the unpredictable weather, a quiz was held in the marquee in the evening for all sections. There were different levels of question for the different sections. Each team had a buzzer, however it was made harder by the fact that other teams could buzz in to your question. After an intense game, the leaders won the quiz overall. The Scouts were sent to bed and the Seniors and Rovers returned to their food shelters. The Seniors played the LONGEST GAME OF FLUX YOU EVER DID SEE. After a powerful game, Maddie won for the first time ever!!
Monday 24th July 2017 Written by Holly Barrigan, Mark Milner & James Simpson
Today was Julymas Eve! The day began with Neil waking us up at around 7.30am. Everyone got out of their tents and managed to light their fires before flag. Flag was then followed by a quick wash before the breakfast preparations began. Whilst many members of the patrol were collecting wood, some were frying bacon for the bacon sandwiches we were having. After breakfast had been eaten and the washing up finished, everyone got changed for a quick inspection before the seniors and scouts headed out for their walk. Senior Hike– Written by Holly Barrigan They were dropped off at the train station as they needed to take a train to where their walks would begin. The seniors had to leave the train at a requested stop, which was basically in the middle of nowhere and no one else was there. The walk started up a large, steep hill with a barely visible path, which didn’t look like it’d been used in a while. However, the view once they reached the top of the hill was beautiful and you would have been able to see out for miles, if there wasn’t any fog. After admiring the view, we continued on our walk. We immediately went the wrong way (thanks to Tom) and ended up walking through bog. Luckily, we rectified our mistakes and eventually got onto the right path. We continued walking and eventually made it into the Hole of Horcum, which was huge. Unfortunately, the weather was a let-down, as it continued to pour down with rain and it was freezing. Soon after this, we stopped for lunch on a wet, grassy bank. It wasn’t pleasant, but it had to be done. Once we’d eaten, we carried on with our 11 mile walk, which took us through more valleys, forests and fields before finishing back at the campsite.
On Monday, the Rovers spent the day in camp whilst the scouts and seniors were out walking. They had planned to build an oven and a bridge across the river to help with wood collecting, but due to the adverse weather conditions, these plans were abandoned. Instead, Harry built an altar fire whilst the other went out to collect wood for all the kitchens. For lunch, the crew cooked steaks with carrots and onions from John Newton, a change from the Yorkshire puddings that had been planned. After lunch, Harry finished off the altar fire then set about building a washing platform from the pioneering poles, whilst James and Liam put up our Group banner for the passengers on the trains to see and got the BBQ set up for the evening.
Scout Hike– Written by Mark Milner The Scout hike took place on Monday 24th July, the Scouts boarded the mini bus and took the short journey into Pickering where they boarded the North Yorks Moors Railway for the short journey to Levisham. The hike started from Levisham Station and headed up hill following the road towards Levisham village after half a mile we left the road and headed North to our lunch stop at Skelton Tower. Lunch was eaten quickly as the weather was conducive to sitting around with a steady drizzle been blown straight into the ruin of the tower. We briefly retraced our steps before climbing up hill again onto Levisham Moor, however before reaching the village we turned back towards the road and descended through Scout high bracken to arrive where we’d left the road before lunch. Turning South we followed the road for a short distance before joining a footpath leading into Levisham Woods. Due to the recent weather the path through the woods and fields to Farwath were very muddy and the Scouts took every opportunity to splash their way the muddy sections. At Farwath we took an afternoon break and enjoyed watching the drizzle to continue to be blown down the valley by the wind. Leaving Farwath we climbed through the woods to High Blandsby and from here we enjoyed an improvement in the weather and steady downhill all the way back to camp passing by Blandsby Park Farm and the Ginger Pigs who also seemed to be enjoying the improving weather conditions. On the final descent to camp there was a crashing in the woods either side of us and those at the back just saw a Deer disappearing back into the woods, the walk was around 7 miles and the Scouts returned to camp tired but ready for the BBQ that the Rovers were preparing.
Back at the campsite the Scouts and Seniors went wood collecting whilst the Rovers cooked a barbeque for the whole camp. After everyone had finished eating, and the washing up had been done we all played volleyball. The first game was between the seniors and the scouts, in which the seniors won probably due to the many pancakes they were doing. However, the Senior’s winning streak of one ended once they were beaten by the Rovers. The Scouts then headed to bed with the Seniors soon following after a few games of cards.
Tuesday 25th July 2017 Written by Christopher Hewins The camp was awoken at 7:30 by Neil. There was a quick flag break and wash to get off to Eden Camp. Everyone had bacon sandwiches for breakfast, again. Then, the Scouts and Seniors headed off to Eden Camp, whilst the Rovers prepared for their 15-mile hike around the North York Moors.
Once everyone was out of camp, Neil conducted inspection.
At Eden camp, the Seniors and Scouts went around looking at all the interesting history about WW2 in the various huts. For example: the U-boat, air raids, the Blitz, 1940s fashion and Prisoners of War. Some leaders even went around reading every piece of paper in each hut. At 1 o’clock, everyone sat down in the “mess hall” to enjoy a packed lunch and went back around Eden Camp enjoying more of the history. There was even an old-fashioned puppet show which performed some classic 1940s songs that involved the whole audience. The Scouts departed from Eden Camp at 4 o’clock and got back to camp and enjoyed some free time before their surprise for dinner, which turned out to be a much-welcomed fish and chips tea at 6 o’clock. After tea, Seniors prepared the X-fire. The Rovers got back from their trek at 7 and seemed to be in varying degrees of pain and tiredness. In the X-fire, everyone joined in singing some great songs like: ‘Country Roads’, ‘Copacabana’ and ‘American Pie’. However, this year we brought in some newer tunes. For example, we sang: ‘Temptation’, ‘All Star’ and ‘Hallelujah’. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves even though they were getting bitten by midges, where one senior asked “do midges bite people?”. After the X-fire everyone went to bed for a good night sleep looking forward to getting a wash the following day.
Due to the fact that it was 25th July, the Seniors, Rovers and Leaders received a range of random presents from Neil. Here is Erika showing off her Julymas present!
Rover Hike– Written by Liam Pape
A gentleman in Newton approached the Rovers and struck up conversation with them about their route. After the arrival of the Hewinses on late Liam explained to the bloke that they were heading for Tuesday morning, the Rover quartet left Levisham. The geezer correctly guessed that the Rovers camp for their day of hiking. The circular hike, planned by Liam, was supposed to be would be tempted to head straight down the valley; he warned against this as the path would be extremely approximately 12 miles long and take up steep, dangerously slippery, take them through a field most of the day. of angry bulls, and there was no guarantee that they The Rover squad began in high spir- would be able to directly cross the beck at the bottom. its as they walked westerly towards NewThe wise old man instead advised them to retrace their bridge, through the quarry, along the road, steps back up to the north end of Newton upon Derwent and onto a footpath which led straight up to and follow the winding road that would eventually take Cawthorn Roman Camp. Unfortunately, them to the train line crossing at the bottom of the valthey mistook a worn track at the side of a ley. He showed them on the map that it meant adding field of wheat as their public footpath. The another half a mile onto their route but the descent one they wanted was actually running par- down the valley would be far safer. allel to them, just through a line of trees. Once the Dumbledore of Derwent walked away, The Rovers came up with a cunning plan of the Rovers ignored him and set off down the steep but climbing over a fence and cutting through the trees to get themselves back on course - direct path. A decision they would come to regret... however it was far easier said than done. The pathway was almost vertical in some parts causing James and Ben, especially, to skid and slide. At Harry battered through nettles, thorns, and deer to lead the bunch through the bottom, Harry did manage to find a beck crossing he thought would be appropriate however it required balwhat turned out to be a small wood rather ancing on a dubious looking branch. Liam went first. than a thin line of trees. With only minor grazes and stings, they were soon back on the right route.
On arrival at Cawthorn Roman Camp, Liam consulted the map and found a viewpoint where he suggested they have lunch. Finding this viewpoint proved difficult though. The paths at the Roman Camp were not traced on maps so Liam told the group to just bear right whenever they came to a crossroads. For lunch, they devoured a whole apple pie and a can of squirty cream, amongst other things. Newton upon Derwent would be their next stop however it was a long and boring three-mile walk along roads to get there. Liam walked slightly ahead so he was out of earshot of the death threats the other Rovers were mumbling at him by this point. Exhausted a sweaty, the Rovers arrived one by one in Newton upon Derwent. All they wanted now was to enjoy a cool and refreshing Diet Coke in a local Public House. Sadly, the only establishment in the village did not open on a Tuesday so they instead sat outside and caught their breath there.
SNAP! The branch, unsurprisingly, was dead and Liam's leg went groin-deep into the water. The bed of the river was not even what stopped him from going in deeper, it was that his other leg snagged on the tree. That's what he gets for listening to Harry.
In hysterics at Liam’s wetness, the Rovers plodded along the side of the bull field towards the actual crossing, looking to see if there was anywhere else they could cut across to reduce their route. After going through swampy areas where the mud was coming over the sides of their boots, they eventually found a stronger tree to climb along and over the beck. Once in Levisham, they stopped at The Horseshoe Inn for a Diet Coke or three. It was at this point where the Rovers were seriously considering ending their hike. They inquired with the bartender about local buses and numbers for taxi services. But eventually, they reluctantly decided that they might as well finish the route on foot. Liam promised them it would be a flat walk back to camp (spoiler alert: it wasn't). In the end, the Rovers ended up walking 15.3 miles. And despite all the walking, they still had the energy to cram a large cod and chips into their gobs for tea. All in all, despite their feet looking horrific by the time they got back to camp, Ben declared it a "bloody good day and one of the best walks I’ve been on for a while."
Flag knowledge Written by Neil Duncan This year the Rovers decided to bring a range of interesting flags to camp and fly them from a 20ft+ pole. The Rover Crew take part in a variety of quizzes where flag knowledge is vital so they hoped to share their expertise with everyone in Camp. How well do you know your flags? Pride Flag WHO: International flag celebrating the LGBT Community HOW: Designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978. The colours represent Life (Red), Healing (Orange), Sunlight (Yellow), Nature (Green), Serenity (Blue) and Spirituality (Violet) WHY: “To support the LGBT Community” County Durham Flag WHO: Land of the Prince Bishops. Pop. 859,600 HOW: Designed in 2013 by twins Katie & Holly Moffatt. Features the Cross of St. Cuthbert in the County colours of blue & gold WHY: “Because we’re from County Durham” Kyrgyzstan Flag WHO: Landlocked, capital city Bishkek, achieved independence in 1991, pop. 5.7 million HOW: 40 rays of sunlight represent 40 united tribes fighting the Mongols, stylised birds-eye view of a Yurt representing hearth and home WHY: “Looked like the Xbox logo” Nepal Flag
WHO: Speak Nepali, capital Kathmandu, holds 8 of the 10 tallest mountains, pop. 29 million
WHO: Spread over 33 islands in Pacific Ocean. Pop. 100,000. International Date Line moved in 1994 to include all islands
HOW: Only non-quadrilateral flag. Crimson colour of national flower rhododendron. The triangles represent the Himalayas and the sun and moon represent permanence WHY: “It’s cool”
HOW: Golden Frigatebird over sun, white stripes represent 3 Island groups (Gilbert, Phoenix & Line) while blue is the ocean WHY: “Thought it looked pretty”
Wednesday 26th July 2017 Written by Matthew Currey
Wednesday started like any other day, with the routine flag, wash, breakfasts then inspection. Once the group had parted after inspection, the Rovers went off to Pickering to go swimming, while the scouts competed in Super Scout (aided by the seniors). For the first half of Super Scout, they where tested both physically and mentally. They partook in a bleep test, to challenge their endurance while also being quizzed on animals, flags and trees. After these quizzes the competition was incredibly close and was anyoneâ€™s game going into the second stage.
After a lunch of massive sausage rolls and huge pies that had been kindly donated to the group, the scouts and the seniors set off to go swimming for themselves at the local leisure center. Once inside everybody enjoyed the afternoon in the pool together, and came away feeling much cleaner. The hot showers where also greatly appreciated by many.
After Swimming the conclusion of Super Scout came around. There was a shooting trial held with the scouts using crossbows, which fired sucker darts that had to hit a target. The target ranged from 5 points on the outer ring to 10 in the center. The results of this meant that it was incredibly close going into the final challenge of Super Scouts, with both Goose and Fenjamin nearly neck and neck. The conclusion was a timed knot challenge (in which the scouts had to tie five knots in the fastest time possible). The winner of this would declare the winner of Super Scout. Following the challenge the scores were tallied and the results were announced. In third place came Toby, with Fenn in second place, declaring Goose the winner and holding the title of Super Scout! Once again the day concluded with tea being cooked and then the group breaking off with some free time before bed.
Thursday 27th July 2017 Written by Poppy Milner
Thursday began just as any normal day in camp with fires being lit, flag, and a wash before breakfast. Due to the worsening condition of the field, the leaders decided it would be best for everyone to get out for the day to Duncombe Park and the National Centre for Birds of Prey.
At the Birds of Prey centre there were many different owls and hawks, also some eagles and vultures. The scouts found a stamp trail and decided to stamp their arms instead of the booklets given out. After eating a lunch of leftover sausage rolls from the day before, there was a flying display. The birds that were flown were Bracken, a male Harris Hawk, Harley, a Eurasian Eagle owl, Phoenix, a Eurasian Kestrel, and finally, three Yellow Billed Kites named Berneray, Flodday, and Meru (named after a national park in Kenya). The birds were very well flown, which made up for the rain during the show.
The gardens at Duncombe Park were also open for viewing. There was a large lawn set up for croquet and a forested area that contained the tallest Ash tree in England from 1965 to 1974, and an Ionic temple which, as the weather had started to improve, allowed the beautiful scenery to be seen. There was another flying show at 4:30 with a different group of birds this time. There was Mist the Abyssian Eagle Owl, Yarara the Lanner Falcon, Snowdon the Barn Owl, and Zonda the Grey Buzzard Eagle, who decided to take a long flight over to the house, and almost didnâ€™t come back for the end of the show.
Once everyone had returned to camp, a tea of pasta bolognaise was made for everyone, apart from the seniors who had left camp for the evening to a treasure hunt around Pickering and have fish and chips instead. Their treasure hunt took them all around Pickering, allowing them to see the castle, the Liberal Democrat club, and the longest set of steps in Pickering! They walked back to camp and returned to a game of volleyball being played between the scouts and Leaders. A few more games of volleyball were played before everyone was sent to bed for the night.
Friday 28th July 2017 Written by Maddie Simpson Friday began how every camp morning does. We were awoken at 7:30am, lit our fires and prepared for the morning. Friday was here and it was going to be a very busy day. Morning flag commenced before a quick wash. A cooked breakfast of bacon grill and eggy bread was made an eaten before inspection. Due to the weather, it was undecided whether PLs choice would run in the same way to previous year until this point. It was mild with few clouds, therefore the decision of a normal PLs choice was made. Each patrol chose two leaders to invite and came up with a menu that they will cook for their leaders. The annual event of sports morning took place after inspection. This involved two Scout teams and the Senior patrol took part in a series of races to win the most points. These activities included: running races, hopping, power skipping, balancing beanbags on your head, sack races, wheelbarrow races, piggy-back races and a water race in which you had to transfer water from one billy into another billy across the field in the quickest amount of time and without spilling it on the way. The overall winner was Joshâ€™s team. After a lunch of hot dogs, all sections went into Pickering. We were given a couple of hours to buy the resources for PLs choice. The Seniors and Liam used this time to return to normality and have a coffee in Costa.
Upon returning to camp, preparations for PLs choice started. The Scout patrol was cooking garlic bread, burgers and Eton mess for Mark and Alec. The Seniors were cooking onion bhajis and samosas, chicken curry and Eton mess for Tom and Rob. Finally, the Rovers invited Erika and Neil for a feast of various hams, cheeses, crisps and snacks. The final part of PLs choice was to get into costume, and this year was no different. We had a variety of characters such as: a scientist, two thieves, a policeman, Pikachu from Pokémon, sumo wrestlers and Donald Trump and Teresa May even made an appearance. Overall, this was a very enjoyable couple of hours at camp. Then came the mammoth taste of washing up everything!! Again, the weather was being a bit unpredictable. However, the decision for an outdoor campfire was made. Here, we would sing traditional campfire songs like: ‘Campfires burning’, ‘Cow kicked Nelly in the belly in the barn’, ‘The great American railway’ and ‘Green Grow the Rushers, oh!’. There was also stunts by all sections. Liam the Lumberjack/ Frenchman started the whole thing off and the Scouts performed a stunt too. The weather turned slightly, so the campfire was cut short. The Scouts and Seniors were sent to bed and the Rovers and leaders went to the marquee for shelter.
Here is everyone dressed up in costume at PLs choice.
Can you guess who everyone is supposed to be?
Saturday 29th July 2017 Written by Holly Barrigan Our final day began with Neil waking us up at around 7.30am. After lighting our fires and gathering around the flag, we all had a wash. We then started on breakfast which today was bacon sandwiches. Whilst some of each patrol were cooking, others began brailing up the tents in preparation for taking them down later that day. After a much appreciated breakfast and a quick inspection, we all began dismantling the camp. We removed all the gadgets we had made during the week, and began draining and filling in the pits. After what felt like years, the kitchens had been taken down, the pits filled and personal kit had been packed. While packing away the Rover tent, James found out that heâ€™d been sleeping on top of a dead mouse for most of the week! It was then time for lunch which was sandwiches, crisps, fruit and cake! Everyone then continued to dismantle camp before loading the van. The Scouts and Seniors then headed back in the minibus, with many of them falling asleep as they were so worn out. We arrived back at the Scout Hut at around 4.30pm and proceeded to unload the van and unpack the boxes. Once this was finished, we all came together for the ending ceremony. The Seniors beat the Rovers by one point for the inspection trophy, which was a huge surprise! We then had a moving up ceremony as some Scouts were becoming Seniors and some Seniors were becoming Rovers. Josh and Goose moved up from Scouts while Maddie and Poppy moved from Seniors to become Rover Squires! We then did the final flag which marked the end of a great week despite the horrendous weather and extremely boggy field.
Thank you very much to the 7th Darlington Sea Scouts for allowing us to use your mini-bus, Barney, for the week . We hope your bears: Scout, Bramble and Woody enjoyed spending time with our Pawson.
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From the Archive
“As the flames point upwards—so be our aims; As the red logs glow—so be our endeavours; as the grey ash fades—do be our errors; as the camp-fire warms the circle—so may the Scout Ideal warm the world! Brother Scouts, I now declare this camp-fire OPEN!”
To celebrate the centenary of the 8th, we are looking back over past reports from the original ‘8th Mag’ and log books to reflect upon some interesting moments from the group’s vast history. This issue’s extract is from the 1961-62 logbook . The writer details the opening ceremony of their campfire during their summer camp at Caldbergh in 1961
“Don’t lick a gift horse in the mouth.” ~ James Simpson
Illustration by Skip Beadle
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Your 8th Mag team (L-R): Holly B, Matthew C, Poppy M, Chris H, Maddie S. Guest contributors: Mark M, Liam P, Neil D, James S. Photography: Julie C, Tom R, Rob K