Scouts 1 spent 2 action packed, truly enjoyable days camping, climbing, hiking and learning new skills in San Martin de Valdeiglesias – here’s a closer look at what we did:


After meeting at Saint Georges School bright eyed and bushy tailed on Saturday morning, we made our way to the campsite on the Bus; this was a great way to travel, and for those of us on the bus, the camp started there and then!

We arrived at the Campsite “la Ardilla Roja” and the opening Ceremony officially started the Camp!

Scouts1 in their uniforms, for the raising of the Flag.


The scouts then pitched their tents, and unpacked their kit.

After a briefing from the leaders, and some exploring of the site, it was time for Lunch – The scouts prepared their own burgers, with salad, in the open air:


Restored and with bellies full, we walked through the countryside to the next activity


A short walk later, we got to Amazonia tree climbing activity centre! After a safety explanation, and securely fastened in their harnesses, the scouts were ready to start the activity.


They spent several happy hours climbing through the tree tops and flying along zip wires.


After the busy day, the scouts came back to camp, and prepared dinner, for themselves and their leaders – a delicious Pasta and Bolognese sauce.


After the meal, (and the washing up!), we joined up with the rest of the troop for the evening entertainment, around the camp fire.


All the sections provided a great deal of laughter, music, song and dance.

Our Scouts showed us their comic acting, joke telling and dance skills, all of which were appreciated by the crowd!

After such a busy day the entire troop were in their tents and fast asleep before you could tell another knock-knock joke.

This was just as well because the next day started with a wake-up call at 7.30, and breakfast duties.

Pancakes and bacon to start the day, anyone?


Set up perfectly for another busy day, the scouts prepared their kit for a hike through the surrounding woods, and on to the reservoir for lunch. As we were cooking our own food, the scouts were charged with packing the necessary provisions and equipment themselves.

We stopped on the way for fun and games, and also took a look at, and learn a little about the monastery.


We then continued our adventure through the woods before arriving at the reservoir where we clambered down to the shore to setup camp stoves and prepare our beans and sausages for lunch.


After lunch, we practiced building temporary shelters, and tidied the beach of rubbish.


We just made it back to Camp before a minor deluge, where we tidied and packed up the site, before celebrating the latest birthdays of the scouts, and handing out badges earned earlier in the year.

The Flag was then lowered and the camp closed, and we made our way home – A wonderful time was had by all, and the scouts covered a lot of activities towards their badges, and hopefully learned a lot about self-sufficiency, and exploring the outdoors safely and respecting the environment.