24 Cub Scouts from 1st Linslade packed up their troubles and marched off to the frontline for their Winter Camp.
Held at Cosgrove, the camp’s theme was to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War and to pay homage to the sacrifices our forefathers made. Willing conscripts had an exciting time being put through their paces in a variety of military ways.
The weekend began with a six-mile March to the Front, much of it along the Grand Union Canal at Cosgrove where the Cubs delighted in crossing under it via the trunk tunnel and then up and over the top via the aqueduct which gave great views out over the no mans’ land of Wolverton. Sgt Major Akela reported there was no flagging en-route and rewarded the troops with a hearty lunch of bully beef and biscuits on their return… with an extra tot of fruit cordial for their good efforts.
The Cub conscripts spent the rest of the weekend enjoying a series of stands to test their mettle and build character; they honed up their marksmanship with air rifle shooting and their creative skills in making superb cardboard models of First World War tanks, under the keen supervision of Staff Sergeants Chil and Kaa. When the camp kitchen received a direct hit, the Cubs had to make their own survival rations out in the woods in the form of camp fire dampers – balls of dough and raisins, twisted onto the end of a stick and cooked over the fire.
The troops then scrambled under the barbed wire to the assault course where they crossed a shell crater by means of a rope strung between two trees. Then it was back to barracks for some spud bashing to make trench stew for dinner. Whilst this cooked, the troops enjoyed a good sing-song around the camp fire – to keep up morale and remind themselves of loved ones at home with rousing choruses of Tipperary and other old favourites. At the end of a tough day Sgt Major Akela granted some well-earned R&R in the form of hot chocolate, the The Jungle Book DVD and warm sleeping bags in the billet.
Reveille came early the next day followed by kit inspection by Corporal Baloo. Fortunately, everyone passed muster and went on to enjoy a “Full Blighty” breakfast beautifully burnt by Lance Corporal Julian. Being Sunday, it was church parade where Captain Hathi talked about his grandfather’s service in the trenches and how we must never forget the lessons the Great War taught us.
Group Scout Leader Andy Skinner said: “This camp was a great success and another fine example of young people developing their skills through Scouting.”