With the last session at Tilgate Lake last week can I take this opportunity of paying credit to the canoe and kayak instructors for their work this summer?
2nd Ifield Scouts, Explorers, Network and SAS have just returned from the annual water camp held at Barcombe. The weekend involved kayaking, canoeing, swimming and generally getting wet. It enabled the young people to further improve their paddling skills in order to achieve their BCU awards going forward. Fun was had by all and the weather was excellent (compared to the forecast anyway!). The leaders are now preparing for their third weekend away next weekend with the upcoming group camp at Blacklands Farm which is normally attended by over 100 members and their families. Photos from the weekend can be seen below.
2nd Ifield has just returned from the Stanford 50th birthday celebration camp and activity day. All sections from within the group attended along with over 200 campers and 350 day visitors from the whole of Crawley District. They were able to take part in numerous activities including climbing, crate stacking, rifle shooting, archery, traversing, laser tag, bungee run, gladiators and a whole lot more! The main activity day then finished with a campfire for over 300 people and professional fireworks display. Fun was had by all that attended and the leaders are now recovering in preparation for water camp and group camp which are over the next two weekends. Some photos of the event are available below although we will upload more over the next few weeks!
Congratulations to both teams taking part in the Overland Hike last weekend finishing 8th and 21st respectively out of 44 teams. The overland hike is a competition hike for teams of 4 Scouts or Explorers across the South Downs and has been running since 1968.The hike is open to any Scouts or Explorers but until this year has only been open to Troops and Units from East and West Sussex. The start and end points are kept secret until the week before, but are normally somewhere between Chichester and Eastbourne.
Each year, 2nd Ifield Scouts runs a number of kayaking sessions. For those who are trying kayaking for the first time, and for those who are working on their basic skills, the areas covered will include capsizing safely, preventing a capsize, and some basic paddling strokes. For those who are more experienced, there will be a chance to practice support strokes, rolling, freestyle moves and rescue techniques.