26-29 May 2017: OxonJam

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We had a fantastic weekend at OxonJam, a whole County Camp open to all sections. We took 18 Cubs with us to Blenheim Palace, to join around 4,500 other Scouts from all over Oxfordshire.

After getting our tents up on the Thursday evening we arrived on Friday in sunshine and got changed into our Star Wars costumes (Oxford Spires were representing Science Fiction - the camp theme was Hollywood). We made our way from our campsite to the opening ceremony in the activity area and arrived just in time to enjoy the incredible opening ceremony. It was then back to camp for a late supper and into bed.

The Cubs were in bed by 11.00 and were mostly quiet by about 11.30 (not toooo bad for the first night of camp!) but they did start getting up at about 5am the next morning ...

After a cooked breakfast it was time for activities to commence. Our first zone was "Indiana" and the Cubs had a great time trying out some adventurous activities, including driving mini tanks! After a sandwich lunch pack at our campsite we moved into "Bond" for a new set of activities, including a a cave bus and some fantastic slides (sadly the high winds meant that some of the activities were closed).

After a delicious dinner of lasagne (thank you to our camp cooks) the Cubs either went along to the evening's entertainment (including movies, shows and a barn dance), or came back to camp for a football match. They were thoroughly worn out by the time they went to bed at 10.30pm and there wasn't much sound coming from the Cubs by 11pm! Even the leaders were in bed by midnight ...

After another fry-up for breakfast on Sunday we headed off in glorious sunshine for a morning in the "Phantom" zone, with lots of creative activities to try out. After another sandwich lunch at our site we headed to our final zone, "Robotics" for a high-tech afternoon. Dinner was a very tasty Cottage Pie before it was time to head off for our final evening of entertainments.

On Monday morning we had a final fry-up and got our bags packed (probably the biggest challenge of the weekend!) before taking part in some special Cub activities, back in the Indiana zone. While this was going on the leaders tried to find the perfect time to get the tents down: we needed them to have dried out from the previous night's rain, but we didn't want to leave them too long and risk them getting wet again.

It was then time for a final lunch (scrumptious jacket potatoes) before a 2pm closing ceremony. Camp finished at 3pm and we said goodbye to some very tired looking Cub Scouts.

Thank you to everyone on the OxonJam team, who enabled our Cubs to have such a fantastic experience!