CamJam 2011

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We’d barely arrived on the international campsite before our guide for the day, Ryan, suggested we pop into the impressive building that was the media centre. As we followed signs for 'CamJam has talent' I was somewhat apprehensive. I needn’t have been.

The media team have set up an impressive radio studio, broadcasting daily on their own station. After a quick interview it was time to explore this action-packed site.

The talent competition was a very popular activity and many of the participants told us about their acts (one or two decided to demonstrate them, not sure I’ll forget the sausage dance!).

From far afield

It was interesting to learn that only 17 per cent of participants come from Cambridgeshire  County, with many more coming from across the UK as well as from Norway, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, and France.

The site is ideal for such a camp, and has the added bonus of a large lake in the centre – base today for rafting. It  was great to witness the excitement of a couple of teams whose rafts survived the course. I’m sure it was little to do with the ice cream on offer for successful completion.

Crafty ideas

While the crafts area was unsuprisingly popular, something new that struck me was CHaOS, an active science base organised by students from the University of Cambridge.

The students set up the group ten years ago to provide practical insights into science; this was their first visit to a large Scout and Guide camp. They were very impressed by the level of interest and certainly said they would be back. Well worth trying.

Getting 'pegged'

With plenty of activities, including offsite water activities and day visits, there was plenty to see. We also got the chance to witness some sub-camp life – and get 'pegged', which involves having a clothes peg attached to your back without noticing.

Afternoon tea with 1st Linton Scouts was quickly followed by cream teas with Devon Scouts – it was lucky that we had a large site to cover.

These and the other visits gave me an opportunity to chat to many of the leaders who had given up their time to be here, and were having a great time too – helped by the sunshine, I’m sure.

CamJam 2011 is an international Scout and Guide camp running from 30 July–6 August.

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