Four camps and a Duke of Edinburgh training day were all crammed into one weekend for members of Hemel Hempstead Scouts.
For the 78 young people and 14 adults heading for Haarlem Jamborette in July, it was time to get to know each other on a training camp, held at Lees Wood for one night.
After pitching tents, playing human bingo and capture the flag the team settled down to silly songs and marshmallows around the campfire.
They cooked their own breakfast of bacon rolls before embarking on team challenges, practising pioneering skills and designing a camp badge ready for the summer.
Many of the youngsters moved across to nearby camps during the day as 1st Hemel Hempstead and the District Bushcraft camp were taking place, also at Lees Wood. At the Bushcraft camp the young people slept in bivouacs, and learned basic survival skills including cooking and safe use of knives, following the style of their hero and Chief Scout Bear Grylls.
Meanwhile, 1st Apsley, 1st Gadebridge and 5th Hemel joined a weekend camp from May 15 until May 17, with ‘pirate’ Beavers staying on Friday night, and Cubs and Scouts on Saturday. Beavers made their own headdresses, walked the plank and explored the woods. Cubs and scouts walked to Lees Wood from 1st Apsley Scout Hut. They practised their circus skills, polished their map reading skills and hiked to Cassiobury Park where they were rewarded by a ride on the train!
If you would like to join the adventure of scouting, either as a youth member, a leader, an adult helper, or even if you can only spare a few hours here and there to help with admin, Hemel Hempstead District Scouts would welcome you. Contact 07860 848603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.