Seventeen 6 to 8 year olds from Consett and Leadgate Beaver colonies staying overnight at the Minsteracres retreat. It was our first night away as Beaver Leaders and I can honestly say I don’t know who was more nervous; the parents, the Beaver scouts or me and Neal!
The parents had a good look round at the dorm where all our Beavers slept, before leaving them in the capable hands of a mix of experienced Scout Leaders and newly appointed leaders such as ourselves.
The children were excited and jumped into every challenge. In twenty four hours we managed to fit in a range of activities, including following a trail, tent building, boat building and much more. We had a traditional camp fire where Ruby from Leadgate Beavers led the children in some funny songs.
The food was great but I was amazed to see how many fussy eaters we had, I mean how many kids don’t like cake and custard?
|Some of the leaders and Beavers enjoying the dens they made|
We had an amazing time and the kids have some awesome memories. Back for more fun in September.
Gavin Heckles, Consett Beaver Leader.