Children from a local specialist school had a fun packed weekend on the second annual ‘Buddy Up!’ camp at Runway’s End Activity Centre on July 1st and 2nd 2017.
Children from Henry Tyndale School were paired up with a similar aged Cub or Scout from Blackwater Valley Scouts. Together they took part in exciting activities – canoeing, climbing, archery, cooking on fires and a group camp fire.
For many of the students, this was the first time away from home, let alone camping. Despite their additional needs, everyone took part in all the activities.
With the help of Explorer Scouts, the camp ran very smoothly and was a huge success.
The camp came about after noticing the amount of children with additional needs within the District along with in the wider community who were not yet involved in Scouting; we wanted to give them the full Scout camp experience.
Harriet Lynch (District Special Needs Advisor) came up with the idea and with help from a fantastic team has successfully run ‘Buddy Up!’ for 2 years.
“Now we have found our feet and cemented the concept of ‘Buddy Up’ we are planning bigger and better for next year”
– Harriet Lynch
“This has been the best thing ever”
“I don’t want to go home”
– Students from Henry Tyndale School.
Students arrived on the Saturday morning and after an opening ceremony dived straight into their first activity, canoeing. Suited in buoyancy aids and helmets, together we paddled along the Basingstoke canal.
After a typical yummy lunch, the young people tried their hand at climbing. Some speedy climbers scaled the wall in no time while other took the leisurely yet exciting approach in the hoist.
After cooking on an open fire, we all had a go at archery; with bows and arrows at the ready everyone shot very well and achieved some impressive scores.
To wrap up the day everyone came together and had a good sing and dance around the camp fire.
The smiles said it all as we waved goodbye at home time, we can’t wait for next year!
If you’d like to know more about the Scout Association’s work with special needs, or if you or a young person would like to get involved, please get in touch with Harriet, District Special Needs Advisor by email – firstname.lastname@example.org