Bibbys Farm Super Patrol Challenge - 19th May 2013
A team of 6 Scouts entered the Bibbys Farm Super Patrol Challenge, competing in climbing, go-karting, shooting, archery, crate stacking and low ropes and won. Another trophy to add to our virtual trophy cabinet! See Iain's report below.
Well we arrived on what we thought was to be a quiet Friday night only to be greeted by several groups of DofE students and the onset of scout sunshine! however this did not dampen spirits of the patrol that we entered for Bibbys farms 1st super patrol mini challenge, Friday night started with pitching site the first 2 scouts arrived not long after 6pm and started to strike site, for one scout it was their first time under canvas with us but took to it like a seasoned pro over the next hour. The rest of the team turned up, led by Jasmine, she organised the setting up of site and ensuring all the scouts were bedded down for the rainy night we were about to have
The Scouts led by Carys all turned in at 10pm with leaders following not long after with the patter of the rain helping us all drift off to sleep.
Saturday morning we were all up early Lucie was the first up at 7am with the rest of the scouts following not long after, once all up we all started cooking breakfast bacon and sausage, this was woofed down then all scouts were eager to get the days activities started, it was refreshing from the leaders point of view to not have to tell them what to do, it just got done.
First activity was rock climbing. All scouts were timed up the wall, this is where Remey came into his own, James the instructor was pushed to one side whilst Remey instructed the scouts in the safe usage of harnesses and ropes even belaying the whole team up and down the face (under constant supervision,obviously).
After a hour on the climbing wall then it was off to crate stacking were the idea was to stack as many crates as possible, the scouts using all their team work skills were up the crates faster than anyone else. They were stacking crates up to 15-16 crates at a time
After lunch we all went onto the shooting ranges, 3 of the scouts were about to take part in their "master at arms"badge although all took part, we have a few sharp shooters in the making, even the leaders took part in their little leaders competition. This was followed by a session on the archery range.
We then had our chicken parcels but whist cooking these we had another troop came over who could not start their fire due to the wet weather. Upon hearing this we showed true Scout spirit with all the troop going over to help to assist, our Scouts even telling them to go over to our fire to warm up.
In the evening the habitual game of man hunt took place and we even had a visit from our GSL who wanted to camp that night!
sunday morning we all got up late at 07.30, got breakfast on and cooked then off for the morning activities but not until I bumped in to Matt's teachers who were all camping on the other field!
Then the results
Long'n'short we won!!!!!
The Scouts are all ready talking about defending there title thank you to bibbys for the event see you next year