It's over for another year. The Manchester 401st Cubs descended on Ashworth Valley Scout Camp for the annual camp.
After a full day of pitching tents, and preparation, 30 boys, between the ages of 8 and 10, all arrived, expectantly, on Friday afternoon, to take part in activities and have fun.
The tent allocation went fairly smoothly, without too many complaints; although it's impossible to please everyone. A quick tour of the site followed, pointing out the toilets and shower block, the ranch house and a well-made 'play area'.
A tradition at camp is that the dress code on Friday night is white shirt and bow-tie, with shorts. Very fetching, I'm sure you'll agree!!
To finish the day, all the boys went on a midnight hike. OK, so it finished at midnight, but at least they were tired and ready to sleep.
We woke on Saturday to very inclement weather, and whilst the mornings programme went on unimpeded, the afternoon hike was cancelled, and we had a games and sing-song in the Ranch House.
Sunday arrived, and so did the sun. Thankfully the whole day was spent outdoors, with a number of different activities for the boys to take part - building catapults, a 'blind' trail, building mini-rafts, and camouflage. We also had a mini fire-lighting session, where they created small (and I mean small) fires, on which they toasted bread and cooked marshmallows!
Finally, on Sunday, we had the traditional campfire, around which we sang songs and myself, along with 2 others, were formally invested as Assistant Cub Scout Leaders.
Overall, it was a very successful weekend; which I think the Cubs thoroughly enjoyed. It was hard work, to keep them entertained, marshalled and in the right place, at the right time, but it was worth it.
I'm already looking forward to next year.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, my Cub Name is Bagheera.