After so long, having fun in the sun at Biblins Summer Camps 2021

Thursday, 2 September 2021

After pretty much two years without camping Woodcraft’s summer camps were back this August for pioneers and venturers at Biblins Campsite! Pioneers aged 10-12 had a jam-packed week commencing on Monday 2nd of August 2021 until Saturday 7th of August 2021. The week of activities started out with a bang with orienteering led by onsite ESC volunteers Ivan and Federica followed by an activity led by Lauren Karstadt from the Kids Got Rights project showcasing and discussing the importance of children’s rights and what it means to young people themselves, sparking great discussion among the young people. Other activities consisted of more children's rights workshops, parachute and active games with the help from ESC volunteers Lauren Halley, Barbora and DF’s from Newham District helping out throughout the week who were also tremendous help. The bushcraft skills sessions were carried out putting the young people’s knife and campfire making skills to the test. The end of the week saw water activities with canoeing facilitated by Mike and go kart making facilitated by Rick. The young people put their culinary skills to the test also throughout the week by making and cooking upon a campfire and taking part in clans. The evenings were filled with games, singing, storytelling and get togethers around the campfire each night. It definitely was one successful week bringing the young people together again after so long. Everyone enjoyed the camping experience developing their skills, togetherness and most importantly had fun!


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following on from Pioneer camp it ran straight into the camp for venturers at Biblins on Saturday 7 until the 13 August. The week started off with settling in and making acquaintances with everyone. Kicking off the week was an orienteering activity followed by a very successful all change climate workshop facilitated by Elaine Brown and our head of membership and programmes Owen. The theme of climate change remained consistent throughout the week with activities such as water filtration and building reusable towers set out by our fantastic Ingenious engineers who kept the engagement of the young people alive. The discussions of climate change was evident throughout the activities ultimately spreading more awareness and empowering the young people. Travel was another topic of discussion with Lauren Halley facilitating an ESC workshop spreading more awareness on the travel opportunities out there for young people with the young people each gaining a new perspective with the discussions they had on travelling. The remainder of the week consisted of nature and fun filled activities such as hikes, go karting and wide games such as capture the flag. Finally of course there would be no woodcraft camp without a get together and sing a longs around the campfire which were consistent throughout the week - werewolves being a very popular game to play amongst the campfire. To conclude the two weeks at Biblins Campsite was ultimately a success and a lot of fun, skills, competencies and long lasting friendships were made.

 

Watch this space for more news from our other national camps for Venturers that took place at Lockerbrook and Cudham residential centres. Do you have a story or some photos from camp to share? Get in touch to lauren@woodcraft.org.uk