3rd Gidea Park Scout Group
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HQ. The Rowswell Hall, St Michaels Church, Gidea Park.
 Beavers (6 - 8 years) Tues & Fri | Cubs (8 - 10.5) Tues & Fri | Scouts (10.5 - 14) 7:30 Thur

The Camp in Wales

The second summer camp, under the A.S.M.'s direction, was enjoyed in North Wales during the last week of August. The site was by the shore of Llyn Crafnant, a pleasant boating lake and reservoir 800ft. above the Conway Valley. We journeyed by way of Liverpool, and sailed from that city to Llandudno on the ship "St. Tudno", going on to Llanrwst by train. On the return voyage, we sailed from Llandudno to the Menai Straits, landed a brief while in Anglesey, and returned by the same steamer to Liverpool.

The camp was an active one, for in addition to the boating on the lake, many miles were walked over the hills. One day's walk, of some 20 miles, brought us to the summit of Carnedd Llewelynn (3,430 ft.), the second highest mountain in Wales; the final climb to the top was. made through thick cloud, navigation by means of a compass being necessary. The greatest achievement was the two-day overnight hike to the top of Snowdon. We spent the night on the railway station at the summit, by kind courtesy of the staff; temptations to descend by the train were overcome, and all came down again on foot. Thus we improved on the 1946 adventure of camping overnight on the similar station on Snaefell (Isle of Man).

F.W. Rowswell - Writing for the St Michael's Parish Magazine - October 1954

The location on the shore of Llyn Crafnant could have been Cornel Farm, location of Summer Camp 1992 and Easter Camp 2008