A round up of my Decade

I honestly do not know where this decade (and year has gone).

Within this decade I have started (and completed) Secondary and Junior school and completed many exams. I have been on residentials to an RAF camp for a week as well as a Cyber camp.

This decade has also seen 2 Summer Olympics (including one being held in the UK) as well as the Winter Olympics. The Rugby World Cup in 2015 was also held in the UK and I was lucky enough to see the match of USA v Japan. I then saw the similar match held this year from watching it on the ITV app during school.

I have been on many Scout camps this decade in different extreme weather. From Snow camp, to my first Evolution camp in the high temperatures. I have also camped across the country including camping at Gillwell, up and around Shropshire as well as around my own County. I have attended a mini Jamboree near Birmingham (called BrumJam) as well as attending the World Scout Jamboree – my greatest achievement this decade.

This year I completed my GCSEs, attended the 24th World Scout Jamboree, started Sixth form, kept writing blog posts and been up and discovered many new music, shows and information. I also continued taking my many different photographs as well as adopting Blue the bear.

I am very grateful for all the people I have met this year and within the decade and wish everyone the best for the new year!


I was recently lucky enough to represent Scouting at the RAF 100 stem residential at RAF Wittering, having had to apply and be selected earlier this year. There were 100 students from uniformed organisations that converged for a week long ‘boot camp’.

It was a drive of over 2 hours to get there so when I arrived I knew no one, until I boarded the coach to take us to our dorms, I was greeted by one of my fellow Jamboree members!  Neither of us knew the other was going until we saw each other on the coach.

The original information said I would have to share a dorm with 3 others, so I was surprised to find out I had my own room.  This was luxury compared with the tent in the snow I was in last month.  I made some good friends with those in my corridor and we have already made multiple group chats.

The food they fed us was amazing, nothing like a Scout camp food. Three hot meals a day in giant portions.

Over 4½ long days we completed ‘Op Falcon’ an exercise designed to show us a range of roles in the RAF that involve STEM skills.  Activities included cooking with ration packs, the various logistics behind operational planning, and bomb disposal!  At the end of the course we were awarded with the Silver Industrial Cadet Award and will also receive a Silver CREST award.