Last Friday I had a break from my own fundraising, to go along to a quiz being held to fundraise for my sister’s gang show. I didn’t really want to go but I was reminded that Sis84 has been dragged along to multiple fundraising events for me.
So off we went braving the icy roads to get to the scout hut. It turned out to be a very popular evening as they had to sort out extra tables as there were so many teams taking part.
It started with a table quiz of picture questions on Christmas best selling toys and an alphabet take from sweet wrappers which we had to name the sweet. We started off great, with Dad84 naming all the Lego variations and Mum84 doing well on the sweet wrappers due to her sweet tooth.
The first challenge came with the title of the first round ‘Sport’ well Fam84 are not particularly into sporting events so we dreaded this round. The first question was a complete guess, but had they listened to me they would have got it correct – cricket. Mum84 excelled in her sporting knowledge, knowing the answers to a few including who first ran the four minute mile.
We did so well that at the halfway point we were in 2nd place. Amazing …
The second half was also fun, yet again we guessed a few (OK more than a few!) Dad84 disappointed us by getting the name of the newspaper that Peter Parker works for wrong and Mum84 had a good stab at the musicals and film theme songs. The last two rounds were our best – dingbats and logos. I hate to say it but I just don’t get dingbats even though its say what you see. Thanks to my celebrity big brother guess for one of the logos Mum84 correctly got ‘Bird’s Eye’.
We had a great evening and ended up coming 3rd! Not bad for an amateur team. It has to be noted that the winning team consisted of the family of my Beaver Leader. Congratulations.
So this week I had the opportunity to go on quite the opposite of a usual camping trip. I went on a relaxing residential with my school as a thank you for doing so well as a year in our mocks.
We arrived and were treated warmly where our first activity was indoor curling. Even though we weren’t doing it on ice we still thought that we had to scrape/ brush the floor. We got told that we had gone wrong and the thing which actually looked like a brush was a stick to push the curls?
We then did t-shirt printing where I went for the flick paint on look. Followed by going to our rooms and then having a buffet tea.
Our evening activity consisted of a quiz where the only answer I’m sure I got correct was when we were asked where beavers lived. I knew the answer was lodges straight away through my scouting experiences. Nether the less, other rounds included, Disney characters, sport trophies, famous celebrities and brand names.
The next morning we did candle making and bisc painting. We then got our chance to go and use the swimming pool where there was a hydro spa and sauna.
In the afternoon, I did Bollywood and street dancing followed by ice skating. In the evening we had a disco where we had the classic school disco songs were playing; a bit of cha cha slide and macarena.
The next morning we played pool and then headed off back home with many new memories having been made.
Unfortunately this is not another snow camp unlike the beast from the east but it was another camping trip.
I went camping last weekend with my friend who I hadn’t camped with for a couple of years. It was nice to catch up and because we were the only ones from our unit, we made friends with other explorer groups in our county. I saw my Jamboree friends as well, who as well as I were taking a well deserved break from fundraising.
On the Friday evening I failed at circus skills but instead aced a game of cards. Followed by a disco, to then finally fall asleep at 1am the next morning.
The next day we could choose which activities we wanted to do. I did archery, rifle shooting, caving, a blind folded trail, tomahawks, arts and crafts, laser tag, bushcraft and many more.
The evening entertainment consisted of a silent disco where half the room would be dancing to the cha cha slide and the other half of the room would be singing and dancing along to YMCA. This finished gone midnight so yet again, I finally fell asleep at 1.
The final day consisted of rain and more rain – luckily this hadn’t been over the whole weekend. I did some more arts and craft by building a tower from spaghetti and sweets, did some archery and played some more cards. I went home having had an amazing time and meeting some amazing new friends.