All sections of the Lowestoft Scouts Family camp together for the first time

Scouts, Cubs and Beavers together with Explorer scouts, from all over the Lowestoft district have for the first time all spent nights under canvas together.

Their campsite at Herringfleet in the delightful wooded setting on the edge of Fritton Lake, is usually used for scouts from individual groups to pitch their tents – but over the May Bank Holiday weekend more than 340 boys and girls and their leaders from seven groups enjoyed the adventure of all camping together.

District Commissioner Mel Buck said “the ambitious plan to include all sections of the district scouting family has been four years in the planning. Over the last couple of years we have gradually introduced overnight stays for both Cubs and Beavers in preparation for this big weekend. It has taken a lot of work and we have had to take over an adjacent field to accommodate the 200 tents and kitchen areas.

The weather has been very kind to us and the youngsters had enjoyed a wide range of activities including archery, canoeing, rowing, rifle shooting and monkey-bridge. There was also a climbing wall, a maze and an evening disco. Two particularly competitive challenges keenly fought by the young people were a speed sawing task where a telegraph pole had to be cut through, using a double handed saw in the fastest time and a tent erection competition.

The highlight for me was the Camp Fire on a perfect Saturday evening when everyone joined in with singing traditional scouting songs at the tops of their voices.”

Mr Buck added ‘we were delighted to welcome Mike Dobson representing the George Setterfield Trust to formally hand over a special wooded cabin which they funded and which will enable youngsters with additional needs to experience the joys of camping.

The scout movement in the Lowestoft District is very lucky to have access to such a wonderful site and we express our gratitude to Lord Somerleyton for allowing the continued use of the land which is part of the Somerleyton Estate.” He added “we also have brilliant leaders who assist with all the activities to ensure that all our boys and girls have a thoroughly enjoyable time.”