On the weekend of the 23-25th September, 17 Scouts placed themselves at the mercy of Jamie and his ability to run a Patrol/ team camp in the Wairarapa. This is a sign-off requirement for his Chief Scout award. Jamie had planned a number of challenges ranging from making woggles to firelighting with flints. Luckily we also had magnifying glasses which actually allowed us to achieve our fire-making goal – some more devious Scouts simply borrowed/ transferred fire from successful teams to light their own fires…
Jamie also dialled in a spectacular frost on Saturday night (the tents had ice on them by 8pm!). This lead to some pretty cold fingers and toes, and was a lesson to all to be well prepared for the cold. Ironically we also had a big bonfire, the ashes from which were so hot we had trouble getting close enough to toast marshmallows!
Thanks to Jamie – I’m sure he slept well on Sunday night!
A chili blast was had by all. We had 53 attend our annual Winter wonderland trip. Our accommodation was at the Auckland Grammar Venture Lodge, what a fantastic venue it had all we needed for an enjoyable weekend.
The effort of the organisers and the kitchen crew were phenomenal (thank you), however the weather committee failed for Sunday snow activities!! This provided a perfect opportunity for us to show our resilience.