Over the weekend of the 28th and 29th of September, Beavers from all over Surrey Heath took over Earleywood Scout Centre in Sunninghill for a fantastic Highland Games weekend.
The Beavers spent Saturday morning taking part in the Highland games – throwing javelins, tossing cabers, speeding through obstacles, weaving their own tartan, and much more! They stopped for lunch, before heading back out with the groups for another go. The Beavers got to make friends from around the District, with members from Chobham, 7th Camberley, 2nd and 4th Frimley, Frimley Green and Mytchett, Lightwater and West end mixed up around the activity groups.
The evening saw a spectacular campfire, despite a little rain. The Beavers joined in singing in rounds, listening to the stories, and as they kept mentioning, the best part of the weekend was a very fun, very loud rendition of ‘Cecil The Caterpillar’ by Leigh and Scott.
After camping out in unkind weather, the Beavers woke up on Sunday morning to some more sun. They created the work ‘Damboree’ out of sticks and logs as one big group, and then split up – some began painting each others’ faces, while others made their way back to the campfire to have to go at cooking their own pancakes. They made the mixture in bottles, and then emptied them onto slabs around the fire, where they cooked them and ate them; apparently they were very tasty.
The weekend also saw the investiture of five new leaders, with three from Chobham and two from 1st Frimley Green and Mytchett.
Not many people can say they’ve camped with over 90 Beavers, which is just one of the many reasons our Beaver team are such a huge credit to Surrey Heath.