Carnival at Campdowne
Over 1,000 Scouts and Guides from all over the world enjoyed 10 days of challenge, excitement and adventure at Campdowne. Participants travelled from as far as Nigeria and New Zealand to the carnival-themed camp at Downe Scout Activity Centre in Kent.
On Wednesday night a Mardi Gras parade took place complete with dancers, musicians, drummers and some amazing craft creations. Another highlight was the ‘Festival of Light and Dark’ which featured a dance created and performed by Scouts and Guides.
Taste of adventure
There was a wide range of adventurous activities on offer, including the centre’s recently added high-ropes course, Jacob’s Ladder and crate stack. In the beautiful setting of Bewl Water, Scouts from Egypt got stuck into dragon boat racing.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls and actor David Walliams visited Campdowne and tried some of the activities. David hit a bull’s eye on his first attempt at archery whilst Bear took on the Jacob’s Ladder. The pair took to the stage, inspiring the crowd as they talked about the importance of Scouting.
300 visitors were welcomed to Campdowne on Sunday’s Carnival Day. Cubs, Brownies, leaders and local councillors all had a taste of the brilliant atmosphere. The guests were encouraged to try a variety of activities, from morris dancing to Nigerian jewellery making.
Sightseeing trips to London and Brighton were also part of an action-packed ten days. When asked to sum up Campdowne in three words, Catie, an Explorer, said: 'Friends, adventure and music.' Former Sea Scout David Walliams described the camp as 'joyful, noisy and fun.'
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