Here are a few photos from our weekend camp at West Hall. Our camp was loosely (!) based on espionage. On Friday evening, the Cubs had a wide game where they found a set of clues that had been left for them around the site. Once decoded, the clues told us that we were being sent on an assignment to France in the morning.

As if by magic, a French flag was on the flagpole on Saturday morning, and we had a continental breakfast, before washing up and learning some French phrases vital to our mission (le nom c’est Bond, James Bond etc…). We headed to the beach for lunch, an investiture and an ice cream, returning via the park. When we got back to camp, the Cubs prepared gratin dauphinois for dinner, had an international quiz to help with their secret assignment. In the evening we played some more wide games and had a joint campfire with 22nd South Shields Cubs who were also staying at West Hall over the weekend.

During Saturday night we travelled on the sleeper train to India (it’s a very fast train!). We happened to arrive just in time to celebrate the traditional Hindu festival of Holi during which everybody goes out into the street and throws coloured powder paint at eachother. Obviously, being undercover agents we had to blend in. The Cubs made their own bin bag overalls and were provided with some gloves and shoe covers (more because they looked funny than for any health and safety reasons!). We went out to throw the paint and by the time we’d finished cleaning up, it was time for lunch, where some Indian treats were provided alongside the more traditional camp lunch of sandwiches!

The weather held out for us and everybody had a great time even if they did go home a slightly strange colour…it’s now Tuesday and Akela is still finding patches of green on his arms!