Sunday 8 June 2014

#CountryKids Beaver Sports Day and #Juneathon day 8

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Straight after yesterday's Grasmere Gallop we headed for my son's Beaver Scouts district sports' day in Coniston. Lots of fun traditional sports with my son gaining medals in:
  1. long jump
  2. welly wanging (hammer)
  3. sack race

His colony ended up coming 3rd overall in the competition which is their best ever result! It was fabulous watching 6 and 7 year olds trying their hardest to win each event. Even the ones that were outside in the rain they tried their best.

No wonder they all tucked into a hearty tea of bangers, mash and beans in the evening! For many of them this was their first night away from home without their parents (my son of course had me... but I tried to ignore him!). Very late that night after watching a Clutch Powers' DVD they finally attempted to sleep in their colony rooms:

Of course lots of over excited small children were not keen on sleep.... In fact after midnight the leaders would quite happily have gone to bed but had to wait for small people to be quiet... Us ladies in the room nearest the children clocked up a maximum of 4 hours sleep that night before the Beavers started to wake not long after 6!

We all had a hearty breakfast before heading out for a mass walk down to Coniston:

John Ruskin playing fields Coniston

Not sure the Beavers appreciated the views;

Coniston, Cumbria

After a short time we reached the shores of Coniston:

Coniston, Cumbria

The beavers were happy for about half an hour tossing pebbles in the lake:

Coniston, Cumbria

Some of them also built cairns or did natural art whilst checking out the local wildlife:


All too soon it was time to head back into the village:

Everyone was restored with cake and parachute games before being collected by their families. It was a fun if incredibly tiring weekend. I am sure my son will have many more outdoor adventures in the Scouting movement, but I think they will probably be without his mum tagging along for the ride!

I did manage to clock up a respectable 5.3 km of walking whilst strolling around with the Beavers and popping into town afterwards:

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