Freshers’ Camp 2016

The Mad Medieval Freshers camp was hosted by the Slugs (Students of Leicester Universities Guides and Scouts) at John’s Lee Wood campsite, Leicestershire.


21 Scouts set out in three cars and a train to find the campsite in the middle of Leicestershire. We were picked up by the party bus (it had fabulous lighting and a very good soundtrack) before arriving and dropping our stuff off at the campsite. Once we had all been fed and watered we were lead in a rousing campfire by the Pattullo brothers juke box with the song choice ranging from Les Mis to the Lion King and a few campfire songs thrown in for good measure.


Saturday saw us rise for an 8.30 start and once we were full of a cooked breakfast, we spent a happy hour creating swords and shields from a mountain of cardboard. We were then split into three groups for activities, these included indoor caving, rubber band alley and air rifle shooting, or rather a long chat in a dark tunnel, a wild west stand-off with a rubber band and too many bullseyes to count (not that I helped at all with this figure). After a lovely lunch and a final activity rotation we played a range of games from human sized Guess Who to musical chairs. The question “are they from Notts?” had to be removed from the game of Guess Who as we took half the group and apparently, that made it too easy! Next up was a game of murder, resurrection and good vs evil, otherwise known as Witness Protection. Once we had all been good and evil, killed our fellow scouts and redeemed ourselves as Doctors, dusk had fallen. A happy but hungry group headed back to the hut for some very welcome warming beef stew and a Yorkshire pudding. Once seated around the camp fire again scary faces were created (on the pumpkins) and scared faces were achieved (by the participants as they plunged knives into pumpkin flesh by torchlight). The result was 42 pumpkins that ranged from adorable to adventurous and were a sight to behold. We were then treated to a banana split straight from the fire and followed it with a rousing singing session that lasted late into the night and ended a simply fabulous day!


We woke for a wonderful breakfast of bacon rolls, but I just missed the final hash brown (sad times). Refreshed and ready to go we packed down camp. Frances, Claire and I made a dream team packing down two tents before others had even emerged from packing the inside of theirs! Once all was packed and sorted we continued the medieval theme by taking part in a human jousting tournament. Frances and I may have been more successful if I could actually see out of my helmet! But much fun was had by all involved! With heavy hearts, we said goodbye and parted ways

Thank you SLUGS for a most wonderful weekend!

Written by: Em