At Pathfinders, you are sure to try something new no matter how long you have been coming. Whether it’s sleeping under canvas (or the stars!), a cook out in the woods, breaking a flag, or one of the many activities you will try.
Every year we choose a theme for our camp, do make suggestions if there are any you fancy! Previous themes have included “Spy Camp”, “Circus”, “Red, White and Blue”, “A Year in a Week”, “Space”, “On Safari”, and “Myths and Magic”. Many of our activities on camp will be on this theme and it’s often part of the decorations and costumes for our party on the Thursday night – always one of the highlights of the week!
There is always plenty to do, and we try to find something to excite and challenge everyone. Whether that’s arts and crafts, swimming in the outdoor (heated!) pool, flying down the aerial runway, or exploring the woodland, there’s sure to be something for you! Other activities include woodland walks, a ride on the wheelchair swing, wide games, team-building activities, looking for birds in the bird hide, archery, and just chilling out with new and old friends.
One day in the week you will have the chance to go on an outing.
As a patrol you have the use of a minibus for the day, and it’s up to you where you go! In the past Patrols have visited the Zoo, gone shopping in Basingstoke, visited Southampton, gone donutting, gone bowling, ice-skated, taken a boat ride, visited the Science Centre, visited Bird World, or gone to several places in one day!
Of course, adventurous activities aren’t the only part of camp. We also all share in the day-to-day running of the camp by joining in the chores that need to be done. Each patrol takes it in turns to do different jobs around camp, so at some point you will find that you are cooking main meals for the camp, helping out in the laundry, cleaning the wash block, fetching wood, helping keep the swimming pool area clean, washing up, raising the flag, tidying the site, laying the tables, and chopping the vegetables. Sometimes people aren’t keen to join in these jobs,
but they are a big part of camp life… and usually both campers and helpers find that this is where some of the best fun and memories lie – a real chance to get creative to include and challenge everyone!