We arrived at Blackland Farm on Friday evening and once we were settled in, one of the Patrol Leaders exhibited his teaching skills by giving lessons in Texas Hold ’em.
After varying amounts of sleep,it was time to get up and the duty patrol cooked breakfast, under Andy’s watchful eye. It was drizzling a bit, but we still managed a short walk around the campsite, followed by some climbing on the indoor climbing wall. Time for lunch, followed by venturing outside again onto the low ropes course. It had stopped raining by this time, so we then headed off to explore Stone Farm rocks. The way back was very muddy, and nearly everyone fell over.
The next duty patrol started preparing dinner, while the remainder of the Scouts got up to goodness knows what. We had a fine meal of chicken casserole with rice, followed by cheesecake.
A better night’s sleep for most, followed by a slightly later breakfast, cooked by the remaining duty patrol and then we were off out again. We had a short hike to Sharpthorne, stopping to wave at a train on the Bluebell Railway. I was ever so pleased that some of the Scouts even understood my reference to the Railway Children. I was astounded to learn that Lily’s grandfather had instructed me in my Cyclist badge when I was a Cub. Up into the woods and then back across the line, up to Stone Farm again then back to camp for lunch and clearing up.
Big thanks to Andy for organising it all and doing all the hard work, thanks to Brendan for coming along and helping, and massive thanks to all the Scouts for making it a really good time.
Tim Hall, Scout Leader