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Wallsend Explorers Summer Camp

posted 6 Sep 2010, 05:55 by Ben Hudson   [ updated 6 Sep 2010, 06:08 ]
This was the first official Summer Camp of the Wallsend Explorers - a milestone for the Unit. We joined with the 8th Tynemouth Scouts to spend a week at Greencarts Farm near Humsaugh - right next to Hadrians Wall.

Over the course of the week, we took part in a number of activities; Pioneering, Climbing, hiking, Backwoods cooking to name a few. We managed to visit both Chesters and Housesteads Fort too.

We also received a number of visitors. Firstly Julia Stenhouse and Ian Henderson called in to see what we we're getting up to (they arrived in time to watch us drip dry after a very wet hike!), Then we had the Beavers join us for a day - we took them to the Lokwide Cairn and everyone reaffirmed their promise. We were also visited by two Eagle Scouts form the USA who were passing through whilst walking the wall. And finally, Gwyn and David McKenzie called in (David was visiting to supervise part of Ben's Leader training).

Probably the highlight for most of the Explorers was our evening hike as the Sun set to spend a night camping on a Forestry commision backpackers website on the edge of Wark forest. We arrived just after the sun set so we had our first experience of pitching tents in the dark. We followed this by retrieving some water from the stream to make Cuppa Soups and Mug shots. The final task was to set up the toilet - a turfing spade and a loo roll in a dry bag!

The following morning, after porridge, we hiked along a section of the Pennine Way to meet up with the Scouts at Housesteads fort.

The general consensus was that the week was a great success and we look forward to many more like it in the future! Click here to see some more Photos.