Chilly Challenge 2020

On the 25th of January Scouts and Explorers from across the District gathered at our campsite to do the annual chilly challenge, where we have to spend a night under canvass in January, This year we had some guests in the form of scouts from Long Eaton.

Despite the cold, they all had a good time, watching films, making fires and going on a walk.

Thanks to all the leaders for helping throughout the weekend.

Uncategorized

District Camp 2019

14th – 16th June

On the 14th June over 100 Scouts, Cubs and Leader ascended on to a bit of land we call Dunnicliff Wood for a fun filled and action packed weekend.

After we all got settled in and unpacked out kit, we had our welcome and official opening by our DC Craig, He set out how the weekend was going to run including attempting to pull a sword out of a stone, after the talk it was then handed over to Adi the DESC and his trusty sidekicks the explorers to run the wide game for the evening, This involved teams trying to find the explorers who had different colored glow sticks for the teams to collect and the team who collected their color and brought it back won, Now that they was all hyped up they needed something to help calm them down and what better way to do that was to take them on one of Simon’s famous walks around the local area, and with out losing one of them.

Saturday morning we woke up to the smell and sounds of bacon and sausages being cooked for breakfast, Then it was off to the flag brake to find out what we will be doing, During the day we made crafts and fired catapults.

in the evening we had a special guest in the form of Laura Spencer who was one of our own who now runs the explorers in Lincolnshire, she came along to run the camp fire which was enjoyed by all despite the rain, also during the rain Adi ran another wide game.

Sunday started off with breakfast and flag break, then we all was split up to go and do activities, there was axe throwing, archery, zip wire plus more. in the afternoon we had out scouts own where we ended the camp, presented a few awards out and invested some young people, we also put the sword back into the stone to mark the end of the camp.

Uncategorized

Grandma Sean Memorial Camp 2019

 

18th-19th May

On the 18th May we held out first Grandma Sean Memorial at our campsite, This was a weekend where teams was challenged on all things bushcraft.

At 9am Craig gave us all the brief of the weekend and then gave us the first challenge of the weekend which was to light a fire before 10am, which all teams managed to do.

They was also tasked to build shelter with things they would find around the campsite, There was some good shelters being built with most of them being based on the same principle of a long branch along the top, with 2 support branches at either end, with sides made up from either conifers or a tarpaulin, all the shelters was working really well, until the explorer one collapsed but with some hard work they managed to get it fixed and sorted for them to sleep in.

In the evening they all cooked their meals over the open fires that they had kept going all day, there was some nice looking meals on show, and some very different ways to cook their food, The beavers also joined us to have the district camp fire, thank you to Nic, Izzy, Bethan, Helen and Claire for their help with the camp fire which even got the ADC Scouts joining in which is a rarity.

On the Sunday morning when they woke up, they all cooked their breakfast on their open fires in various different ways, from frying bacon on stones to boiling an egg in a tin on the open fire.

10:00 finally came round and the teams could put the fires out they had kept in for 24hrs, they tidied all there areas away, took all the shelters down and put everything back to normal and look like no one had been there.

During the presentation the DC congratulated everyone on what they had all done, then went on to the results, in 3rd place was 1st Pinxton, in joint 2nd was Alfreton A and B and in 1st place was P.A.N.T.S ESU.

Uncategorized

Ready Steady Cook 2019

On the 16th March we held out annual Ready Steady Cook event at South Normanton Scout Hut.

We had teams from Alfreton, Pinxton and South Normanton each one had to prep and cook a 3 course meal based on alternative diets such has gluten free or vegetarian, which was then judge by two judges who both have a culinary background one who is a chef in a hotel and the other who is a cook at a school, both went round looking at presentation, taste and how well they worked as a team.

There was 5 scout teams, 3 from South Normanton, 1 from Pinxton and 1 from Alfreton, each team show some brilliant cooking skills, Throughout the morning the judges was watching closely and scoring on what they see. When it came the tasting side the judges was taken back with how nice the food was with it being hard to call and with one judge saying they was all winners has they came up with dishes that was both good and suitable for all, But in the end they had to pick one team and the winning team was South Normanton who go on to represent Alfreton District in the county stages.

In the cub event there was yet more good things on show with more nice foods to taste. cooking the same food types as the scouts.

South Normanton cubs was the winners of the cubs.

 

Uncategorized