1st Worcester Scouts return from Brownsea Island

Date: 19th Aug 2019 Author: Scout Websites

On 1st August 1907, 20 boys pitched their tents on Brownsea Island for an experimental camp. Precisely 112 years on, nearly 50 members of 1st Worcester Scout Group spent a week under canvas at the birthplace of Scouting.

It’s no small feat taking such a large group away to an island, with food, clothing and resources for a week, but it was truly worth it. Leadership, teamwork and planning made it possible for our Cubs and Scouts have a fantastic week, full of adventure. There’s something magical about sleeping on the island after the day visitors have caught the last ferry home. It’s peaceful, right up until the morning chorus from the peacocks, cockerels and hungry Scouts!

Exploring the island, we saw and abundance of deer, red squirrels and many jellyfish along the beaches. The Scouts saw some more familiar faces when 8th Worcester Scout Group visited for the day, renewing their Scout Promise together, circled around an oak tree. While on the island, we took part in conservation activities such as litter picking and collecting kindling for the biomass boiler to keep the showers hot. Of course there was an incentive there, though mainly for the Leaders!

We’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about their year’s Group Camp. Don’t take it from me though, here’s what two of our Cubs thought about their trip to Brownsea Island. Billy said “I loved the watersports at Brownsea Island and loved playing in the sea! Camping was awesome. I loved all of it!” while big brother Carlos told us he “liked learning how to do archery properly and seeing all the animals wandering around, free roaming. Brownsea is awesome!”.

It’s safe to say we’ll be returning to the island in the future after all the memories created and new skills learned this year. We couldn’t have done this without our volunteers and supporters, and of course our impeccably behaved young members who were complimented throughout. Well done to all involved!

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls