Friday 16 May 2014

Beaver camp smiles!

My smiles for this week (as my entry to Annie's smiles) had to come from our experiences at Beaver camp last weekend.  Despite the very mixed weather (dodging heavy rain showers) it was a fantastic time.  Alex was there from Saturday at 10am and had a wonderful time getting filthy on the mud slide (sadly I don't have a photo - but needless to say he was the muddiest). Parents arrived at 4.30 (I was the only Mum) to set up tents (I haven't camped since I was 16!), complete a scavenger hunt, and have dinner before going to the camp fire. 
We sang songs round the camp fire with other troupes lead by an enthusiastic, if somewhat tone deaf, camp manager (all in our rain gear, and still with some red Indian War paint on!) and then it was back to the hut for hot chocolate and stories before bed.
This is Alex all snug in the tent at 10pm saying goodnight to his Dad on the phone (I didn't manage to get the war paint off!).  As I said in my previous post, very little sleep was had that night!
In the morning we held a little church service and then made and flew kites (they flew incredibly well, although they are see-through so rather hard to see in this picture).
Finally we had a go in 'the cube' which is basically a pitch black chamber on three levels with low ceilings, blind ends, passageways to crawl through etc.  We needed helmets because the ceilings came down very low indeed. It is really not designed for adults - my hips got stuck a few too many times for comfort! It was an exhausting and hilarious hour (if somewhat claustrophobic) and boy was I stiff when we finished. We then struck the tents and headed home.  All in all it was a wonderful, if exhausting, weekend.
Have a great weekend everyone.


Annie said...

Hehe been there done that. So many happy memories of doing very similar with our three :-)
Annie x

Chrysalis said...

You're one brave mummy, Caro! Especially for doing the last bit. I'm sure Alex was very proud of you - and it shows in the last pic how much he enjoyed it. Memories are made of this! Here's hoping this weekend will be more restful. Chris x

Virginia said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time!

JoZart Designs said...

What super fun but confidence building trip it was. Great pics. I used to be a Guider and ran many camps but nowadays everyone is so "Health & Safety" conscious that often children aren't allowed to pursue anything exciting. Well done to all involved!
Jo x

Crystal Komara said...

Hi Caro, thanks for sharing you lovely camping adventures. I myself am headed camping next weekend for the first time in about 20 years, so I hope my experience is as positive as yours! It will be, right? I'm a wee bit worried. . . TGIF!

Hettie said...

It looks like you had a great time, despite the weather.
Happy Friday.

fairyrocks said...

Awe what a sweet little boy. Happy Campers are the BEST kind.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh looks so fun..Thanks for sharing the great photos. Enjoy as they grow up fast and times never return. My sons and I camped a lot, miss all that so much. Have a lovely weekend.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

How many times and ways can I say it? Alex is the luckiest kid on the planet!! BTW, yes, I saw the kite.

Twiglet said...

Brilliant! and great fun was had by all I am sure. x Jo

mamapez5 said...

So glad Alex, and you, had a wonderful time. There is something very special about singing around a camp fire. (I don't think I could have managed the cube though!). Kate x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ooo wonderful post Caro sounds lie fun indeed! sorry running rather late :D Shaz in Oz.x