Never Give Up! Never Surrender

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East Cornwall District held their very first Damboree a few weeks ago at Nine Ashes Scout Activity Centre with almost 90 Beavers present. Sadly, the original camp that was planned for September 2018 had to be postponed due to a horrid storm on the camp date that swept in across the South West on the Damboree weekend uprooting trees and causing flooding.

Typical, thanks Mother Nature! We just had to put the Beavers safety first and move the date to early spring. 

So the Damboree!


We had an action packed day of fun and adventurous activities, the Beavers zip wired, went through tunnels, had a go at Archery, blind trails, orienteering, nerf gun and cross bow target practice, they made knot people using three different knots and made Lego people woggles. As well as brushing up on their First Aid skills. 

After dinner the Beavers took part in round robin tasks, this consisted of mini pioneering, spelling the word Damboree using natural materials, painting pebbles, creating noughts and crosses from recycled materials and they made bug hotels. Following on from this was campfire time! On with the coats and off we went. We all love a good sing song by the open fire. Lots of songs were sang, some old, some new. The Beavers loved it and looked thoroughly worn out!

After hot chocolate and sleeping under canvas, the next morning consisted of packing up their belongings, eating breakfast followed by a couple wide games and they cracked on with the other bases that they didn’t do the day before. 

We finished the weekend just after lunchtime on the Sunday, lots of happy Beavers were sound asleep in their parents cars before they even left the campsite! We cannot wait until the next one.

Thanks to Alison, Asst District Commissioner (Beavers) East Cornwall District for sending us this tale of triumph over adversity.

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