Ferny Crofts, Beaulieu, New Forest, Hants

On Saturday 18th August, we travelled to Ferny Crofts Camp Site, Beaulieu, New Forest National Park, Hampshire for a week of camping filled with fun and adventure.

We arrived at 2.30pm and set up our dining room shelters and patrol tents in the large camping field.

Sunday – we played games of Kubb and Badminton and in the afternoon – Scouts took part in Three Stack Climb Challenge and Mega Tower Climb.

Monday – we hired out some Mountain Bikes and cycled via Beaulieu Road Station, through Denny Woods using the forest trails to Hatchet Pond where we stopped for our packed lunch and ice creams. During the ride we had four punctures, broken chain and three accidents!

Tuesday, we drove to Calshot which is by the sea and did some swimming (a bit cold) – but most the Scouts did get in. Played ball and Eddie got his stunt kit out for the Scouts to try and fly it. After having a packed lunch we walked to Calshot Activity Centre (old aircraft hanger) – some Scouts did climbing and the others using the dry ski slope for Ringos. Afterwards we visited the Royal Life Boat Station and were shown around the two life boats (Atlantic Class Boats) and we also visited Calshot Castle.

Wednesday, we got up early 6.30am and after a quick breakfast – we set off for Portsmouth which took us 1 hour to get there. We walked to the Portsmouth Historic Naval Dockyard – our first attraction was to see HMS Alliance– a WWII submarine and Museum this was on the other side of the port at Gosport – we were ferried over there in a small boat. We spent a couple of hours touring the submarine, history of submarines in both world wars and weaponry. The other attractions at the Naval Dockyard were: Explosion Museum of Navy Firepower, HMS M.33, The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Boathouse 4, HMS Warrior 1860, HMS Victory, Dockyard Apprentice Experience (Boathouse 7), Action Stations, 36 Hours: Jutland 1916 and to finish off we went on a harbour tour seeing all the Royal Navy boats in dock. The day finished with fish and chips by the Hard.

Thursday, we drove to Keyhaven for our 8 mile hike along The Solent Way overlooking the Isle of Wight. The walk took us via the sea wall passing Keyhaven Marshes, Pennington Marshes onto Lymington Marina. Then to Normandy Lane – here we stopped at The Chequers Public House for a well earned drink.

Friday, Scouts took part in Adventure Course and Zip Wire. In the afternoon we held the Patrol Cooking Competition with each Patrol having to cook a meal over a wood fire. £4 per head and using no tins.
Scouts cooked: Tagliatelle and meat balls; Thai Curry and Hunters chicken with potatoes and vegetables. Deserts of: Ice Cream and mixed berries; pancakes, strawberries and meringue, strawberries and bananas. Nigel judged the competition with Raven Patrol winning the competition. During the week we also run a tent inspection completion – this was won by the girls tent.

On Saturday, we striked camp in the nice sunshine and headed home for a well earned rest.

Paul, Nigel, Eddie, Liz and Callum