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 SUMMER CAMPS
It's all about Summer Camp.
Everything the Scouts do is getting ourselves ready for summer camp. This page lists as many of our summer camps as we can remember.
 
 2018
scouts
2017
WHERE: Peak District National Park
BASECAMP: Gradbach Scout Campsite
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 10
THE BIG HIKE:

Expedition Challenge over Lords Seat and Mam Tor.
Kinder Scout (16.7k According to OS Maps App)

REPORT:Here
VIDEO: Below

 2017
scouts
2017
WHERE:Snowdonia National Park
BASECAMP:Gwersyll Y Bryniau Scout Campsite
NUMBER OF SCOUTS:12
THE BIG HIKE: Tarren Y Gasail (667m) from Abergynolwyn Station (60m) to Gwersyll Y Bryniau. 12.2km
REPORT:Here
VIDEO: 

 
 2016
scouts
2016
WHERE: Lake District National Park
BASECAMP: Ennerdale Scout Campsite
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 11
THE BIG HIKE: Scafell Pike (977m) from Wasdale and back via Sprinkling Tarn. 13km Total Ascent 1166m
EXPEDITION: Wray Castle to Bowness on Windermere via Great Towers Scout Campsite and Lakeside.
REPORT:Here
VIDEO: 

 
 2015
scouts
2015
WHERE: Swansea and the Gower
BASECAMP: Silver Cross Scout Campsite
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 9
NUMBER OF CUBS: 5
NUMBER OF EXPLORER SCOUT YOUNG LEADERS: 2
THE BIG HIKE: Rhossili Down (193m) and the Gower Coast
REPORT:To be completed...
VIDEO:Err only this...

 
 2014
scouts
WHERE: Snowdonia National Park
BASECAMP: Gwersyll Y Bryniau Scout Campsite
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 12
THE BIG HIKE: Cadair Idris (893m) 10km
REPORT: here and here
VIDEO: 


 
 2013
scouts
2013
WHERE: The Swiss Alps
BASECAMP: Kandersteg International Scout Centre
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 6
NUMBER OF EXPLORERS: 4
THE BIG HIKE:

First (2548m)
Entschligegrat (2659m)

REPORT: To be completed...
VIDEO: 

 
 2012
scouts
2012
WHERE: Swansea and the Gower
BASECAMP: Silvercross Scout Camp Site
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 6
NUMBER OF EXPLORERS: 3
THE BIG HIKE:

Pen-y-Fan (886m) 15.4Km

REPORT: To be completed...

   
 2011
scouts
2011
WHERE: The Lake District National Park
BASECAMP: Great Towers National Scout Centre
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 12
NUMBER OF EXPLORERS: 4
THE BIG HIKE:

Crinkle Crags (815m)

REPORT: To be completed...
VIDEO:  

   
 2010
scouts
2010
WHERE: Snowdonia National Park
BASECAMP: Gwersyll Y Bryniau Scout Campsite
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 19
NUMBER OF EXPLORERS: 4
THE BIG HIKE:

Cadair Idris (893m)

REPORT: here
VIDEO:  

 
 2009
scouts
2009
WHERE: The Swiss Alps
BASECAMP: Kandersteg International Scout Centre
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 19
NUMBER OF EXPLORERS: 4
THE BIG HIKE:

First (2548m)
Jegertosee (2157m)

REPORT: here

 
 2008
scouts
2008
WHERE: Snowdonia National Park
BASECAMP: Gwersyll Y Bryniau Scout Campsite
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 18
NUMBER OF EXPLORERS: 2
THE BIG HIKE:

Cadair Idris (893m)

REPORT: here

 
 2007
scouts
2007
WHERE: The Lake District National Park
BASECAMP: Great Towers National Scout Centre
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 23
NUMBER OF EXPLORERS: 4
THE BIG HIKE:

Blencathra (868m)
Jake's Rake, Paveys Ark, Harrisons Stickle (736m) Pike of Stickle (709m) and Bowfell (902m).

REPORT: To be completed...
VIDEO:  

 
 2006
scouts
2006
WHERE: The Swiss Alps
BASECAMP: Kandersteg International Scout Centre
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 16
THE BIG HIKE:

Doldenhorn SAC hut (1915m) + Blue Route
Hockenhorn - Leaders only (3293m)

EXPEDITION: Bus to Selden then Hike to Lotschepass (2690m). Following day hike to Goppenstein
REPORT: here

 
 2005
scouts
2005
WHERE: Snowdonia National Park
BASECAMP: Gwersyll Y Bryniau Scout Campsite
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 12
THE BIG HIKE:
  • Dawn Hike Snowdon (1085m) Up Rhyd Ddu path and Down the Snowdon Ranger Path
  • Cadair Idris (893m)
REPORT: here

 
 2004
scouts
2004
WHERE: The Lake District National Park
BASECAMP: Great Tower Scout Camp
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 5
THE BIG HIKE:

Scafell Pike (977m)

REPORT: here

 
 2003
scouts
2003
WHERE: The Swiss Alps
BASECAMP: Kandersteg International Scout Centre
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 6
NUMBER OF EXPLORERS: 7
THE BIG HIKE:

First (2548m)

EXPEDITION:
  • Bus to Selden then Hike to Lotschepass (2690m). Following day hike to Ferden
  • Scout Overnight hike to Frutigen
  • Explorers 3 day hike south
  • Leaders Overnight hike to Balmhorn (3698m)

 

REPORT: here

 
 2002
scouts
2002
WHERE: Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the woodland of the Wye Gorge Site of Special Scientific Interest
BASECAMP: Biblins Youth Campsite
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 6
NUMBER OF EXPLORERS: 5
THE BIG HIKE:

Sugar Loaf (596m)

EXPEDITION:
  • Explorers did Silver D of E in Brecon Beacons
  • Scouts did Pen-y-Fan (886m) and wild camped near Upper Neuadd reservoir.
REPORT: here

 
 2001
scouts
2001
WHERE: The Lake District National Park
BASECAMP: Great Tower Scout Camp
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 5
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 7
THE BIG HIKE:

Foot and mouth restrictions were lifted in time for us to do Scafell Pike (977m) and Hellvellyn.

REPORT: Here

 
 2000
scouts
2000
WHERE: The Swiss Alps
BASECAMP: Kandersteg International Scout Centre
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 4
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 4
THE BIG HIKE:

First (2548m) Scouts
Hockenhorn (3293m) Leaders & Ventures
Rinderhorn (3448m) Leaders only

REPORT: To be restored...

 
 1999
scouts
1999
WHERE: The Gower Perninsular
BASECAMP: PARC LE BREOS SCOUT CAMP SITE
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 6
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 4(?)
THE BIG HIKE:

3 day Chief Scout's Challenge for 4 Older Scouts.


REPORT: here

 
 1998
scouts
1998
WHERE: Snowdonia National Park
BASECAMP: Gwersyll Y Bryniau Scout Campsite
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 6
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 7
THE BIG HIKE:

Cadair Idris
Two groups of Scouts attempted overnight hikes with a Venture Scout in each group.


REPORT:  

 
 1997
scouts
 
WHERE: 3 miles outside The Peak District National Park
BASECAMP: Linnet Clough Scout Camp Site
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 1 Patrol
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 1 patrol
THE BIG HIKE:

 


REPORT:  

 
 1996
scouts
1996
WHERE: The Swiss Alps
BASECAMP: Kandersteg International Scout Centre
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 5
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 10
THE BIG HIKE:

Everyone did First via chesery.
Everyone did the Lotchenpasse.
Ventures did the Hockenhorn (3292m).
Some Ventures were rained off the Kanderfirn at about 2500m and so rock climbed Ortelehore (2561m) instead.


REPORT:  

 
 1995
scouts
 
WHERE: Derby
BASECAMP: Drum Hill
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 10?
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 10?
THE BIG HIKE:

Older Ventures hiked from Crowden back to camp.


REPORT:  

 
 1994
scouts
1994
WHERE: The Lake District National Park
BASECAMP: Great Towers
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 8
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 8
THE BIG HIKE:

A Chief Scouts Challenge from the Scouts and a Queens Scout from the female Ventures.


REPORT:  

 
 1993
scouts
Ventures
WHERE: The Swiss Alps
BASECAMP: Kandersteg International Scout Centre
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 8?
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 10
THE BIG HIKE:

A Chief Scouts Challenge from the Scouts and a Queens Scout from the male Ventures.


REPORT:  

 
 1992
scouts
1992
WHERE: Snodonia National Park
BASECAMP: Cornel Farm Scout Camp Site
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 11
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 2
THE BIG HIKE:

Snowdon via Crib Goch for Ventures and older Scouts. Pyg track for younger Scouts.


REPORT:  

 
 1991
scouts
1991
WHERE: Gloucestershire
BASECAMP: Symonds Yat
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 10
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 3
THE BIG HIKE:

? Ventures did Canoe Expedition.

REPORT:  

 
 1990
scouts
1990
WHERE: The Swiss Alps
BASECAMP: Kandersteg International Scout Centre
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 8
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 2 + 4 Rangers
THE BIG HIKE:

Scouts Chief Scouts Challenge, Lotchenpasse, Kanderfirn.

REPORT:  

 
 1989
scouts
 
WHERE: Scotland
BASECAMP: ?
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: ?
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 0
THE BIG HIKE:


REPORT:  

 
 1988
scouts
 
WHERE: Derby
BASECAMP: Drum Hill Scout Campsite
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 10
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 0
THE BIG HIKE:

Kinder Scout. Older Scouts went out on overnight expedition.

REPORT:  

 
 1987
scouts
1987
WHERE: The Swiss Alps
BASECAMP: Kandersteg International Scout Centre
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 8
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 6
THE BIG HIKE:

Kanderfirns overnight for Ventures, Lotchenpasse overnight for the Scouts.

REPORT: The above picture is a 3GP Scouts at the Lotchenpasse

 
 1986
scouts
 
WHERE: Germany
BASECAMP: Brexbachtal Scout Campsite
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: ?
NUMBER OF VENTURES: ?
THE BIG HIKE:


REPORT: This camp was joint with the diatrict or county?

 
 1985
scouts
 
WHERE: The Lake District national Park
BASECAMP: ?
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: ?
NUMBER OF VENTURES: 0
THE BIG HIKE:


REPORT:  

 
 SUMMER CAMPS
We have a gap to fill....

   
 SUMMER CAMPS
Prior to the 1960s it gets a bit complicated because the group often had an Easter trip to Europe and a UK based summer camp...sometimes followed by an August trip to Switserland. A lot of these trips were joint trips with the Brentwood School Troop.
1961 Scotland Braemar (1250 ft up!)

1961 (April)

Spain and Morocco Gibralta (1st UK Troop), Tangier (1st UK Troop to Morocco)
1960 England The Lake District - Keswick
1960 Switserland Davos

1960 (April)

Portugal Oporto (1st UK troop on own and in strength)
1959 Ireland Westport
1959 (April) Sicily Palermo, Marsala, Arigento
1958 (August) Switserland

Bonigen

1958

1958 Wales Barmouth
1958 (April) France Urrugne
1957 Scotland Oban
1957 England Stutton Coldfield (World Scout Jamboree)
1957 (April) Switserland Lausanne - Rhone Valley - Simplon - Stresa - Milan (Italy) - Florence (Italy) - Sori (Italy) - Menton (France) 
1956 England Okehampton
1956 (April) Italy (April) Venice, Merano, and Riva
1956 (August and September) Switseland Month Pelerin (August) Champery (September)
1955 Ireland Baronscourt, Newtownstewart and Carrick Donnegal
1955 (September) England Marlow
1955 (April) Malta Malta - 1st visit by UK troop!


 
 1955 - April
scouts
1955
WHERE: Malta
BASECAMP: Malta - 1st visit by UK troop!
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: ?
NUMBER OF ROVERS: 0
THE BIG HIKE:

?


 1955 - Summer
scouts
WHERE: Ireland
BASECAMP: Baronscourt, Newtownstewart and Carrick Donnegal
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: ?
NUMBER OF ROVERS: 0
THE BIG HIKE: Bessy Bell

 1955 - September
scouts
 
WHERE: England
BASECAMP: Marlow
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: ?
NUMBER OF ROVERS: 0
THE BIG HIKE:

?


 
 SUMMER CAMPS
1954 (August) Switserland

Schaffhausen

1954

1954 Wales Llyn Crafnant
1954 (April) Greece Vouliagmeni (1st UK Troop)
1953 Scotland Strathpeffer (First English Scouts)
1953 (April) Italy Sori, Rome
1952 Ireland Loughgill, Sligo (Innisiree)


 
 1952 - April
scouts
1952 Swiss
WHERE: Swiserland
BASECAMP: Locarno - Belfort - Delle - Moutier - Bern - Lotschberg (Kandersteg!) - Simplon - Domodossola - Locarno - Bellinzona - St Gotthard - Luzern - Basel
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: ?
NUMBER OF ROVERS: 0
THE BIG HIKE:

?


 
 SUMMER CAMPS
1951 England The Lake District - Martindale, Ullswater
1951 (April) Italy Ospedaletti, Sori
1951 (July) Sweeden Valby, Copenhagen. Use of troop HQ granted as a transit camp. Abisko (Lapland) At the time the most northerly camp arranged by any UK troop.
1950 (April) Switserland St Gotthard - Chiasso - Milan
1950 Italy Rome, Taormina (1st UK Troop to Sicily)

1950
(August)

Wales Bala - see below.


 
 1950 - AUGUST
scouts
1950
WHERE: Wales
BASECAMP: Bala
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: ?
NUMBER OF ROVERS: 0
THE BIG HIKE:

?

REPORT: Above right are Pat, Dave, Ricky and Tom

 
 SUMMER CAMPS
1949 England Isle of White - Shalfleet
1949 (April) Switserland Buchillon - Vallorbe - Lausanne - Allaman - Geneva
1948 Scotland Brodick (Isle of Arran)
1948 Ireland Cahir (Co. Tipp)
1947 Scotland Aviemore (One night on top of Cairngorm)
1947 (April) Ireland Co. Wicklow
1946 (April) Isle of Man Glen Mona & Snaefell
1946 Wales Llantony
1945
1944
1943 England Ashdown Forest
1942 England Ashdown Forest
1941 England The Lake District - Wray
1940 Wales Llanstephan near Builth
1939 Scotland Ballater
1939 Scotland Crieff (World Rover Moot)
1939 (April) France Pau
1938 England The Lake District - Great Tower
1938 Switserland Lugano (Trevano Park)
1937 England Durgan, Falmouth
1937 (August) France Guines Forot Near Calais
1937 Holland World Scout Jamboree Haarlen - 5 Scouts + 1 Leader
1936 N. Ireland Co. Down - Rostrevor
1936 Ireland Powerscourt
1935 3rd Gidea Park Registered as a Scout Group - October 22nd
1935 Belgium Scout Hostel Brussles - Gendron-Celles, Ardennes
1934 England Botley