Every year, over the May Bank holiday, the Diehards camp alongside the 2nd Hemel Hempstead Troop in what is known in our Scouting circles as a green field camp. You have to think back to how Scouts would have camped in the early days as that was their normal camping almost every time.
We pitch our camp on a site that has no car park, no tuck shop, no staff, no huts, no showers, no sinks and NO TOILETS!
Green field camping is the pinnacle of learning how to look after oneself in a camping environment. We have our own field on private land, a wood and a cold tap and with it we make camp, build the biggest camp fire known, build and (safely) operate an impressive zip wire, run orienteering, incident hikes, assault courses and the most popular night operations (wide games at night that involve sneaking about and completing tasks - too much fun to discuss in this little paragraph!).
Most importantly, however, the Scouts learn how to cook, clean, look after themselves, build and cook on an open fire, teamwork, grow, lead, work in a team and build confidence in themselves based in a competitive environment. We are lucky enough to be one of the very few Scout Troops that teach green field camping and the testament to just how good and fun it is that the large leader team fix this event firmly in their diaries well before Christmas!
The Scout Freezer Camp in 2017 at PACCAR in Chalfont Heights was certainly freezing, with constant snow all day on the Saturday, but that didn't mean the Diehards didn't camp in style February 10th-12th 2017.
We camped in traditional teepees and cooked all our food over the open fire. As is becoming a Diehard tradition at Freezer Camp we cooked gourmet-style using cast-iron cookware. The menu included sweet drop bread with a fantastic sugar and cinnamon topping, whole roast leg of lamb in a dutch oven, steaming and mouth-watering beef stew, and corn fritters with maple syrup.