Members of Scouting and Guiding joined over 1000 young people from across Herts, Bucks, Beds and beyond to brave the winter for a weekend of activities and challenges.
From axe throwing, climbing and quad bikes to zipwires and even a waltzer and dodgems there was something for everyone at the fantastic Tolmers Scout Activity Centre in Cuffley, Hertfordshire.
Dozens of activities were laid on around the site, and for those looking to take shelter in the warm a huge Scalextric set, pyrography wood burning, virtual archery and much more was on offer.
This annual event has grown year on year, from just 100 campers in 2007.
It is hugely popular and is a great opportunity for young people to spend time outdoors in the winter.
This year the weather was fairly mild for January, but really quite muddy… feedback from the young members of was that ‘being clean is overrated’, and ‘Mud angels are the new snow angels’ while a leader’s response followed, ‘Winter Camp isn’t as bad as it sounds – a well-oiled machine, making it great fun for the kids and easy for the leaders’.
Attendees travelled from 13 different counties to take part in the adventure.
Regular visitors went home happy, leaving messages as they left – Jade said, ‘The nicest crew we have ever met, always willing to help, the kids and the leaders always appreciate everyone’s positivity’.
Hertfordshire Scouts’ PR Officer Jan Maddern said “After another fantastic event, reservations are already being taken for next year and we are offering good deals for early booking. The event is growing year on year with more groups discovering this hidden gem of a campsite and all it has to offer.”
Meanwhile, during the summer holidays Tolmers is host to ‘CTT (Come to Tolmers)’, an adventure camp where once again, all the activities are laid on by the staff and an army of volunteers. For Leaders this makes summer camp so easy, and for the young people it offers an opportunity to try out new activities and make friends from across the UK and even Europe.
To find out more, visit hertfordshirescouts.org.uk
Picture courtesy of Jessica Gilbert