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nimby Scouts and Cubs
By Marilyn Burrows

On the 23rd July 1st Lee Common scout troop departed for their annual summer camp in their trusty London bus. This year we travelled to a dairy farm by the River Otter near Sidmouth, South Devon. After a good journey we quickly pitched our tents, including our army marquee, which we use for eating and gathering together in the evenings. Throughout the week we took part in scouting activities such as kayaking, axe and saw skills, pioneering and, of course, a day hike. This year we were able to walk direct to and along the coastal path, eating our sandwiches on the clifftop in the sun, looking out to sea. Our leaders arranged a day out for us mid-week that involved an amazing speedboat ride on the sea at Exmouth and then go-karting later in the afternoon, when we saw some crazy driving from budding Lewis Hamiltons! Dinner that evening was local fish and chips on the beach at Budleigh Salterton, whilst fending off the seagulls. The older scouts went on a 10-12 mile hike and overnight camp, returning with only a few minor mishaps (sat nav went wrong!). The week finished with a shopping trip in Sidmouth.

Overall, it was a fantastic week, with great weather throughout. We would like to thank the landowners for letting us use the field and showing us round the dairy farm, and the excellent leaders for organising it all.

Cub Pack news
In the first half of the term we concentrate on camp skills. This was suggested by our Cubs following a wonderful camp experience at the Braid Wood district camp weekend, supported by Elise and Chris Nevill and a number of parents. Following an evening concentrating on emergency first aid, James Bruton teaches rucksack packing and takes the lads on a mini-hike. They then practise simple cooking techniques for a typical camp supper. After half term we look at Faith and Belief, with a visit from David Burgess, the compilation of a simple prayer and thought for the day book, and commemoration of Remembrance Day. We visit Darvells bakery, to consider the symbolism and importance of bread in our daily lives, and complete the term with fun and games and a trip to the panto.

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