St Stephens Cub Scouts Complete the annual figure of eight challenge!
Following setting up tents in the rain and a great deal of anxiety after a torrential downpour on the night before the event it was with some concern that our new leaders arrived at St Mewan School in St Austell, Cornwall on Saturday for the annual figure of eight challenge organised by 3rd St Austell Cub Scouts. Thankfully rain wouldn’t dampen the spirits of our young cubs many of which this was their first taste of a cub camp and even a night away from Mum and Dad!
The Figure of Eight challenge sees a 2 day hiking challenge where packs and teams set off on a 11 mile circular hike an over night camp and a 5 mile hike the next day, completing 16 miles in total across the event.
The Saturday started in damp conditions although much of the heavy rain seemed to have passed through during the night. The hike was indeed a challenge taking in some extremely muddy conditions and tricky walking walking paths which took our cubs to the heart of the Cornish China Clay country. None the less dispite a few moans, aches, groans (and that was the leaders!) and also a lot of fun our cubs completed the walk at around 5.30pm after setting of at 10.30am and for the majority of the walk the rain held off too!
The Saturday evening contained a well earned dinner some football (although who knows where they got the energy for that), a rousing game of bingo and then we settled down to a traditional Camp Fire and sing along. Eventually sleep overcame us all and we awoke Sunday morning to a beautiful clear day ready for some more walking!
Sundays walk was indeed a bit lighter underfoot and with the sun on our backs and a small bit of rest spirits were good. It was a delight to see the cubs pull together as a team to complete the challenge and each was rewarded with a special badge and certificate to mark their achievements.
Well done St Stephens Cubs!