Toys – Old and New – BAG camp a great success

The 2012 “Toys – Old and New” BAG* Camp held at Jordans Close is sadly over. We hope that everyone who came enjoyed the experience, had a great time, and made lots of new friends. The 90 Cubs and their parents had an opportunity to spend some quality time together doing a wide range of activities.

The fun started with a visit to the Oasis Beach Pool in Bedford on the Friday evening before everyone settled down for a good night’s sleep to prepare for a Saturday ful of fun.

The camp had a theme of Toys – Old and New, with the participants split into Monopoly-related teams for the forthcoming events.

This year, our activities included:

  • an 8-lane Scalextric
  • a Wii challenge
  • bell boating on the river Ouse
  • human table football
  • a laser shoot
  • a surf simulator
  • garden games
  • archery
  • a series of challenges for Cubs and their parents.

The camp competition hotted up on the Sunday with the teams competing in a series of 15-minute challenges with either a physical, mental, or wet Toy theme that included assembling a 1m Rubiks cube, pulling a rickshaw around the course, defusing a bomb from Action Man’s tank, and getting particularly wet ensuring that Barbie and Ken’s flowers were well watered!

The winning team were ‘Free Parking’ who each received a certificate and a wooden carved trophy.

David Heard thanks the huge number of people without whom the event could not take place, from the crew that erected the dining marquees on Wednesday night to the toilet-cleaning crew on Sunday afternoon.

Particular thanks go to

  • the catering team who produced amazing food for over 200 people: Stuart Andrews, Jackie Lawes, Barbara White, Rachel Pothecary, Julie and Paul Mead, and Bridget Crossman.
  • Chris Hawksworth and Kit Lock who organised and ran the bell boating
  • the river crew who spent all day paddling on the river
  • the mini-bus drivers who made sure everyone was where they needed to be
  • the instructors and all who ran activity bases on Saturday and Sunday
  • the explorers who managed to keep the hot water flowing for the washing up, and for running the tuck shop
  • Ned Merryweather for keeping us entertained at the campfire and all those who took part in the stunts
  • Michael R. Peters for providing the televisions for the Wii challenge and who sponsored the photographs that were taken home
  • Deryck Uprichard for the photo backdrop
  • Scout Med team who were on hand all weekend and not kept too busy
  • Barbara White for making sure everyone’s CRB was up to date
  • David White, Jordans Close’s warden
  • Lawrence Kay and Simon Berrington who ran the village hall activities and over the river; and Duncan Muirhead for the Sunday bases
  • Finally Mick Cox, Debbie Cox, and Jackie Lawes who do so much behind the scenes and the general crew that includes Lawrence Kay, Steve Kiddy, Jo Webster, and Karen Ilett.

Thank you to all of you for making the 2012 Bedford District Scout BAG Camp such a great success. Watch out for notice of next year’s event from Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September 2013.

*BAG = Bring A Grown-up


Irish, formerly known as Michael, a student with The Open University, living in Dublin with his husband Andrew and their three cats. Also interested in first aid, heraldry, Scouting, and occasionally to be found at the organ or in a bell tower.

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