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    That's the magic

    As per another thread, back from summer camp and there was another lovely moment that is more properly scouting related I thought I'd post here.

    This year we had our twin troop from Canada camping with us, a group we have a long relationship with. Nevertheless hardly people we see every week! Camp was in the Lake District and they had flown into Glasgow, had a couple of days there before jumping on the train, with our coach to camp picking them up at Oxenholme station.

    ie when we arrived at camp the two sets of scouts had yet to meet each other.

    On arrival the rain was heaving it down and it was a case of jump in and get tents up. Not much time for ice breaker activities!

    Wind the clock forward to Monday evening. The adults from both countries were in our mess tent having a bit of a leaders meeting and planning for the next day. Outside the scouts had spontaneously gathered round the fire (It had finally stopped raining) and we could hear some noise. When I popped my head out I could see that they had started teaching each other campfire songs from their respective sides of the Atlantic. My lot learned Down By The Bay and Herman the Worm. The Canadians learned 40,000 feet and the story of Jonny All.

    No one had prompted them to do it, they just threw themselves into it. Ice properly broken!

    The Canadians are currently in Cambridge on home hospitality. I'm predicting tears on Wednesday morning when they head home....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CambridgeSkip View Post
    My lot learned Down By The Bay and Herman the Worm...

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    We were also taught Herman the worm (OK it was Hyman the worm but hey...) by a Canadian Scouter back in 2007 and it remains a firm favourite with my Cubs.
    Kate, CSL (and GDB(S))
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    I too was in the Lakes last week with my cubs staying at a particular Scout site, I saw some Canadian Scouts at the campfire with some Cambridge Scouts singing lots of songs-very entertaining, was that your lot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARKY View Post
    I too was in the Lakes last week with my cubs staying at a particular Scout site, I saw some Canadian Scouts at the campfire with some Cambridge Scouts singing lots of songs-very entertaining, was that your lot?
    That was indeed us at Great Tower! Infact both lots are from Cambridge, Cambridge UK and Cambridge Canada. And we're both 12th Cambridge. Small world

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    I took the liberty of reproducing this on a Canadian Scout Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2582...2757337864117/


    Allan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayates View Post
    I took the liberty of reproducing this on a Canadian Scout Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2582...2757337864117/


    Allan.
    Thank you thatís very kind!

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    Just been on holiday.

    Dropped into a big Scout camp site in Montana. People slag Scouts off, but where else you can you just drop in and the ice is already broken? Spoke to a leader from California who was running water activities, we swapped some stuff - and - somewhat randomly, he showed me a massive pine cone (not joking, it was the size of a rugby ball). He said he had to book it in to the hold, they wouldn't let him take it on the plane in his hand luggage.

    I had a good walk around and watched Scouts from all over the USA doing the same kind of stuff we do over here. I don't care what anyone says (and I'm no anorak scouter type) - it's powerful stuff.

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