DC Challenge – The Spinney Boxford

This year was the turn of Boxford to host the annual DC Challenge at their own camp site – The Spinney. We travelled over to Boxford using our mini bus and trailer with 13 Scouts attending. They were split into three teams.

The first challenge was a Monopoly Board Game hike around Boxford, Gorton and Edwardstone area’s – they had to visit some compulsory London Streets and using gird references visiting more Street names to gain extra points – they hiked a total of 8 miles.

After arriving back at the camp site – they set up their hike tents and one tent had to be off the ground no more than 1 metre high. Bures A team used rope and sisal between four trees before placing a dome tent over the rope and sisal and it worked! The challenge was to sleep in the tent during the night which they did! After cooking dinner on their tranja’s of pasta and sauce – they attended a camp fire sing-a-long with Mark Miller (Boxford) leading the songs and afterward back at the hut for sausages and rolls.

On Sunday morning with the sun shining through the woods – they cooked their breakfast of cereal bars, bacon rolls, sausage and beans. The last challenges of the weekend were: archery (hitting the golden spot), fire lighting – trying to burn the sisal, abseiling and pioneering ladder.

The day finished with presentation certificates given out by Steve Cridland (ADC) to all those who attended from Boxford, Bures, Acton & Waldingfield, Haverhill, Great Cornard and Glemsford.

Placings were: Bures CHighly Commended; Bures B third place and Bures A won the DC Challenge Trophy beating Haverhill who came in just one point behind.

Paul Snelling

Scout Leader