1st Whitby Venturers join Service Team at Gilwell
Park Campsite, London UK for Beaver/Cub Days 2003
On 19 June 2003, after pulling some strings to get out of school early, members
of the Scouts Canada-
1st Whitby Venturer Company
boarded a plane bound for England.
Those in attendance were the two leaders Brian Wick and Greg Luke along with
members Ryan Mitchell, Larry Wood, Amy Caldwell, Brendan Hendel-McCarthy,
Rob Caldwell, Keith McGinty, Graham Luke, Selena Lam, and our two honourary
members Kevin Larson (Stratford) and Iain Tait (Windsor).
We arrived at London Heathrow in the morning of June 20th extremely jet-lagged
and hungry. We hopped onto the underground (a subway) and headed to
Gilwell Park Campsite
for Gilwell’s Beaver/Cub Days 2003
Gilwell Park was to be our home for the next week in England, and a very
nice home it was. We stayed in a brand new Lodge for the duration of Cub
Days and then moved to an older log cabin (PHC) or Dorothy Hughes Centre.
Both dwellings were much nicer than tenting and the showers were much appreciated
after a hot day in the sun.
The purpose of our travels was mainly to be volunteer staff at the Gilwell
Park Cub Days. Upon arrival we were informed that we would be helping at
the Arial Runways activity--a zipline set up to run kids down a hill called
"The Quick" from a large log tower. Right off we knew the activity would
be among the favourites, and later our theory was proven. One of the highlights
of the trip was to hear the comments from the kids after getting off the
swing at the bottom of the hill. They thought it was amazing. The event ran
for 2 days through which we probably put about 3,000 kids through our event.
After Cub Days was over we spent time touring London and the surrounding
area, but still used Gilwell as our home. We travelled to see castles (such
as Windsor Castle), churches (Westminster Abbey) and museums/other places
of interest (Royal Observatory) at Greenwich.
In between attractions we would stop at a restaurant and have a good meal.
It was generally found that English food is quite similar to Canadian, so
there were rarely issues with acquired tastes. In one restaurant, however,
some of us found that an English pepperoni pizza comes with pepperoni, red/yellow/green
peppers and CORN! It was an odd mix, but enjoyed nonetheless.
On the last day of exploring the company went to see a play at the Fortune
Theatre called "The Woman In Black." It was an excellent play with good effects
and we all enjoyed it. Looking back on the trip I'd say most people had an
excellent time and would be willing to go back someday to help with the camp
again. Maybe next time we can take in some more sights and tourist attractions
that we missed on this trip. (Composed by Venturer Selena Lam)
Partial funding for the project came from the generosity Scouts Canada-Whitby
Area and the Optimist Club of Brooklin
. For more information contact Brian
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