Tenderfoot 2014

oaksIn May 2014 the Scouts went to the Oakes Campsite in Leicestershire for the anual Tenderfoot Camp.  Tenderfoot camps are more about Scouting skills than activities, so the focus of the camp is on things like: tent pitching, axe and saw, back woods cooking, keeping the site tidy and generally learning the skills of Scout camping.
On the Thursday before the camp the whole senction went to the Oakes to help put the tents up.  This went well and given that we only had 40 mins on site we managed to get most of the tents pitched.  Tent pitching was finished off on the Friday night along with a large pile of Hot Dogs.
On Saturday moring we made fires, got the axes and saws out and did some outdoor cooking. The Scouts had requested rabbit, as this went down well the last time.  I opted for a more scaley water loveing type of rabbit.  Having correctly identifed this as fish, the scouts were also not fooled by my argument that it came from the site stream.  Some haveing noticed it was frozen, and others that Macrel only live in the sea.  Still we all had a good time gutting and cooking the fish.
In the afternoon we palyed games and also made use of the site rifle shooting range before haveing a night wide game, and cooking marsh mellows over the an open fire, in the woods.
On Sunday we booked the "Black Hole", which is a kind of caving activity, before having a good go on the climbing tower.  Finally we made our way back to the camp for the long and low tent packing process.  The weather had been very good so the tents went away dry for the fitst time in a number of camps!