17 Diehards traveled to Chalfont St Peters for the Elements camp at Paccar on 27th to 29th September. It was a weekend full of excitement, challenges and fun, not to mention lots of rain! From our reporter Leo Toptsis in the Blue Six.
We all arrived full of enthusiasm to put up the tents but it took 3 attempts to actually get them standing! Once we were all set for the night, Nigel brought in a yummy bedtime snack to help us settle. Needless to say we were all still awake at 1am…oops!
Despite our late night we were up at 6:30am raring to go. We filled up on bowls of Coco Pops and plates of steaming hot bacon and beans before going to the Opening Ceremony. Here the Paccar stewards showed us how not to care what anyone thinks of you as they did a dance to 'Cotton-eyed Joe'. It was hilarious!
First activity was abseiling down a large wooden wall which was quite a challenge in wellies. Luckily I made it to the end without my boots dropping off.
Next up was the pedal cars. Our technique needed some work as there were three 'major' crashes and a traffic jam but we all really enjoyed the races.
After a delicious cooked lunch, we learned about wind power by using bicycle pumps to blast water bottles into the air. As the bottles were half-filled with water we all got completely drenched.
Saturday night entertainment was around the campfire and was full of unusual songs about worms, naughty bunnies and many other things.
Any hope of a better night's sleep were demolished by the drip, drip, dripping of a leaky tent…but we still fitted in a midnight feast.
After packing up our soggy kit we had races on bouncy hoppers, did some football skills and tried our luck in a penalty shoot-out. The weekend ended with a Closing Ceremony to send everyone off in a jolly mood despite the miserable weather.
Just one of the exciting events that the Diehards Cub Scouts get up to. St John's Wood has a thriving Scout Group in 'The Diehards' with members from all over North West London.