Well, I went on the first of them this last weekend. The location was at Vasse - just south of Busselton - about 240kms from my place.
As the girls had basketball training on the Friday afternoon we didn't get away until around 6.30pm. We also had the Scout Group Leader from our troop and another kid to take down too. The drive wasn't too bad - there was a lot of traffic because it was the start of a long weekend, but it was flowing generally smoothly.
We arrived at camp shortly after the others,who had travelled down in convoy, and got to putting up the tents etc. Didn't really get a good look at the place until the next morning as you can't see much by torchlight.
We had a group of 7 scouts and 4 leaders (a fifth one was there for part of the camp). And we were camping with another troop of 12 scouts (two of which were from yet another troop) and they had come down with a number of families - so there were parents and siblings too.
Saturday was a 'relax' day - so the kids mainly spent their time on the beach ...
This was the beach before the kids got there - when they were still all asleep :)
On the Saturday night, the "Adults" patrol were responsible for cooking - we did three roasts, lamb, chicken & roo and lots and lots of roast vegetables. It was a stunning meal (if I do say so myself). Left over veggies got turned into soup which was totally delicious.
On Sunday we went to Ellenbrook Homestead - which was about 50kms from the campsite - with the idea of doing a short hike from there to a waterfall. However, unfortunately the path was closed due to reconstruction.
The kids (and kid-like adults) had fun playing on the grass and climbing trees - yes there are scouts and leaders in the tree below! (No neither Miss 10 nor I climbed it).
On Sunday night we had a campfire led by the Venturer who had come along with the other troop. It was probably the best campfire that I have ever been to - so that was really enjoyable.
Monday saw us packing up and heading home (via Summos ice creamery) in Dunsborough.
It was a good weekend and I managed to get a number of things 'signed off' in my leader's training manual - so I'm closer to being a real leader now!
HOWEVER, I did discover that we have at least two more camps in the 'near' future. One, probably on the first weekend in August, to give our scout troop additional skills and also there is a pre-Jamboree camp at sometime!
I'm going to be sick of camping by the end of Jamboree ...