In the middle of the June heatwave, hundreds of Scouts from across Oxfordshire descended upon Dorchester-upon-Thames to take part in Aquacamp. This consists of two days of water-based activities, delivered by instructors on the river, and also on a lake at the site. The youngsters were able to try out dragon boating, stand up paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, Cornish gig pulling, raft building and Canadian canoeing.
Access to the site was limited this year, and so leaders grappled with the logistics of getting tents, provisions and youngsters to the campsite – but in usual scouting fashion, overcame all difficulties! Once there, an army of volunteers provided support to enable the youngsters to enjoy the activities. Although it was cloudy on Saturday, with a few rain showers, everyone was prepared to get wet anyway. And the sun returned on Sunday, to dry out all the tents before we departed. Superb!
1st Cuckhamsley Group attended from KA District, taking with them the new “Mad River” Canadian Canoes that were purchased by the District a couple of years ago, as well as supplying one of the kayaking instructors from amongst their leaders.
Many thanks to David Parry-Jones and his team, for organising the event, to all the instructors who came to run the sessions, and to all the volunteers from across the county who helped things to run smoothly.
See more pictures here.