Group Camp Arklow 2016

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Cubs joined Beavers, Scouts, Ventures & Venture Rovers for our indoor Group Camp in the Sea Scouts Den in Arklow, Co. Wicklow.  The theme of the camp was “Harry Potter” and it was based on his time in a fictional British School, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft,  Wizardry and Magic.  In keeping with this, the entire group were divided into 4 houses (wtih an Irish twist).  They were

Aos Silhe (SHEE)  This house had a yellow necker

Tuatha De Danann (TOO-AH)   This house had a blue necker

Fir Bolg (FEAR)   This house had a red necker

Fomoraigh (FOMORE)   This house had a green necker

Each house could gain or loose point throughout the weekend.  Points were awarded by leaders for good behavior or for deeds which deserved to be recognised but points could also be lost for poor behavior or misadventures.  There were challenges over the weekend which each house had to accomplish.  Cubs had 5 of these to complete.  In doing so, Cubs were also gaining more SPICES for our general Cub program.

The weekend began on Fri evening with an opening ceremony and everyone being assigned to a “house” for the weekend.  Everyone got to wear the magic hat which spoke and gave them their house name.  Each “house” then prepared a chant for their “house”.  The SHEE house were the first to be awarded 5 points as their chant was voted best by the other “houses”.  Cubs then visited the beach nearby in darkness.  This was a first for most and a new adventure.  We arrived back to Hogwarts School for a traditional English meal of Bangers and Mash.  Bedtime was late for most as the excitement was just too much.

Saturday morning began with traditional English breakfast.  The Cubs then had to design an obstacle course on the beach for all four houses to participate in.  This took a lot of thought and planning so that all aspects would work.  It began with a “stone & spoon” race followed by walking clockwise around a ring of stones, then onto large stepping stones, then collecting a stone placing it in a dip, jumping into a large dipped square in the sand, continuing on to “tyres of stones” to walk in, then over a small wall of stones, followed by a hoop which one must go through before continuing to the finish line.   The Cubs enjoyed this task.  They returned to Hogwarts School for another challenge, Constellation in a jar.  Each Cub designed their own Zodiac sign on the jar, then lit a nightlight in the jar to exhibit the Zodiac design.  Lunch was based on Backwoods skills.  Scouts passed on their knowledge and demonstrated their skills to Cubs and Beavers emphasizing fire safety at all times.  Wraps with traditional English ham, along with salads and cheese, were warmed on the fires.

The afternoon was spent on the beach.  Cubs were delighted to show off their obstacle course to the rest of the group.  They explained and demonstrated what had to be completed by each “house”.  No time was wasted as everyone was eager to participate.  Leaders supervised and assisted, where necessary, over the course.  There was lots of encouragement for each “house” from their housemates.  The obstacle race was won by TOO-AH who gained points for this win.  Cubs remained on the beach after this and took a different route back to “Hogwarts School”.  Hogwarts Feast was prepared for Sat evening and members of all houses arrived dressed in Witchcraft, Wizardry and Magical costumes.  There were a number of Harry Potter lookalikes also.  This was a wonderful spectacle.  Traditional English roast was served along with roast potatoes & mashed potato.  Carrots and green beans were also served.  Desert was magical creatures or witches hats.  The feast was followed by an evening of entertainment from all houses and individuals.   Magic tricks were performed using wands, cards, hats and coins.  There were disappearing acts and also spells broken.  After a fun packed day and lots of sea air, all “houses” were glad to go to bed at a very respectable time.

Sunday morning began with a game of Quidditch before breakfast.  This was a fun game using broomsticks.  Participants from each “house” played against opponents.   Once Quidditch was finished Hogwarts last meal was served.  We then had our closing ceremony.  TOO-AH were announced as the winning “house” with the most points for the week-end.  Then all packed bags were gathered, in preparation for everyone’s departure at 12.   What a fun weekend we all had.