MEMBERS of the 1st Charmouth Scout Group, together with their siblings and parents have, collectively, clocked up well over 100 nights camping under the moon in June.
This was the challenge presented to them back in May and some slept in dens built in their gardens, while others bedded down in tents. The more exotic built Bedouin-type shelters out of sheets and blankets in their bedrooms, while others slept in motorhomes and summer houses.
Crucially, all slept with a moon above them. For those indoors, this was achieved by hanging up a piece of cardboard covered in silver foil or wrapping a football in crumpled white paper. Some even projected an image of the moon and stars on their ceilings.
Assistant group Scout leader, Melanie Harvey, and her husband Paul took things more literally and slept out in the open.
The majority of the 129 nights were clocked up during the Scout group’s Mid Summer Madness Camp, over the weekend of June 19 to 21.
Attended on video conferencing app Zoom by Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, this proved to be a very enjoyable experience with the ‘campers’ completing a number of fun activities, including making a balloon rocket on a string; constructing a mini-pioneering project; building a space station, as part of a scrapheap challenge; and sending messages by Morse Code and Semaphore.
There was even a virtual campfire, with members entertaining each other with songs, jokes, ghost stories and renditions on the clarinet, guitar and electric keyboard.
Although the group does not know when it can restart face-to-face meetings, it is keen to recruit some more Beavers (ages 6 and 7) who have been responding well to challenges sent out to them each week.
Anyone who is interested in putting their child’s name down should contact Beaver leader Karen Southcott on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07799 500 720.