Nottingham SSAGO are part of Greater Yorkshire SSAGO with Leeds and Sheffield Universities. In October each year one of the three clubs hosts a Freshers’ Camp as the first camp of the year. We arrive and set up on Friday evening, take part in activities on Saturday/Sunday and return Sunday afternoon.
There are three Rallies a year, one each term, and a chance for all SSAGO members around the country to get together, socialise, meet new people, and take part in activities. Groups arrive and set up on Friday evening, take part in activities on Saturday, followed by the SSAGO tradition of a ceilidh on the Saturday night. Sunday morning involves onsite team challenges in the morning, then time to head home.
Isle of Wight Revolution
Isle of Wight Revolution is a five-day national Explorer and Network Camp held annually over Easter weekend. Groups arrive and set up on Thursday evening, this is followed by three full days of off-site activities ranging from Rage Buggies to Cake Decorating, Quad Biking to Underwater Hockey, Hovercraft riding to Fencing! Each evening there is a themed night that includes dressing up in costumes, games, live bands, disco and of course a massive campfire. We usually spend the final day touring the rest of the Island before catching the ferry home.
Each year to celebrate the end of the year, we organise a four/five day Summer Camp. It is a great chance to relax and take part in lots of activities. In 2012 SNoGS hosted a 60th Anniversary camp at Walesby Forest Activity Centre, with over 20 members from SNoGS, LUUSAG (Leeds SSAGO), and StinGS (Sheffield SSAGO). In 2013, we had a fantastic trip to Great Tower Scout Activity Centre in the Lake District.
International Trips: Stavanger 2013
In July 2013, 20 members of Greater Yorkshire SSAGO, including 11 from SNoGS, attended the Norwegian National Scout and Guide Jamboree. Members participated for a range of lengths of time, from 2 weeks to 1 month. We attended as Rovers and participated in Construction Camp prior to the start of the Jamboree, and also stayed for a week after the close for the Jamboree for Deconstruction Camp.
NESST (Nottinghamshire Emergency Scout Support Team) Challenge Hike is an annual night hike consisting of an 18 mile long walk or 10 mile short walk, based from Walesby Forest Outdoor Activity Centre. Teams arrive on Saturday afternoon, set up the tents, and grab an early evening meal. Then teams check in, register and set off at their allocated start time. After the hike, teams have a well deserved sleep before returning home on the Sunday.
Watch this space for more reports and photos from some of our recent events.