Wallaboree 2017 (5th – 7th May)

After months of planning and a few sleepless nights for the Wallaboree organising committee, on Friday the 5th of May 2017 the High Peak Scouts biennial district camp got underway.

As the biggest event of High Peak Scouting’s calendar, the district turned out in attendance with groups from Buxton, Taxal, Chapel, Chinley and Hayfield coming along to enjoy the fun and adventure.

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The Wallaboree, (taken from the term Jamboree but tweaked to represent the camps location of Gradbach, famous for its own now extinct wallabies) is a 3 day camp for Cub’s, Scouts and Explorer’s with day time activities provided for Beavers throughout the Saturday.

Parents coped with lots of very excited young people on Thursday night with many sharing that there wasn’t much sleep to be had from the anticipation of the upcoming camp.

With arrivals starting from 5.30pm the camp was soon underway on Friday evening with wide games and the setup of the extensive camping grounds to accommodate the over 400 young people and their leaders/helpers who were staying over.

After another excited night the main activities kicked off at 09:30am with a wealth of volunteers and activity companies offering a huge variety of fun and adventurous opportunities. The theme of the camp was a seaside one with the name officially as ‘Gradbach on Sea’.

With Donkey Rides, numerous inflatables, bush craft sessions, pioneering, mountain biking, climbing, punch and Judy shows, balloon sculptures, circus skills, crafts, cave system, go-karting, assault course, tropical animals and many, many more activities the young people had an amazing time.

When it was time for the Donkeys to go to bed there was still plenty of fun to be had with High Peak Radio arriving to do a live action broadcast from the camp, many of the young people and leaders got the chance to be interviewed by Barry Jarvis and were able to tell the High Peak just how much fun they were all having and what it was they love most about scouting.

The Beaver barbecue was a roaring success with more activities being provided throughout the evening, more inflatables, fairground stalls, disco and fancy dress competition. After a long day everyone went to bed very tired, but very happy ready to get up and do it all again the next morning. Activities ran again throughout the Sunday morning to make sure that everyone got chance to have another go on everything they enjoyed most on Saturday.

The camp eventually came to a close with a big final get together at camp fire hollow where district commissioner Debbie Rushworth commended the numerous leaders from across High Peak district for their ongoing hard work, week in week out, year round to ensure that High peak Scouting continues to go from strength to strength. We were joined by County Commissioner, James Stafford who presented a number of awards, celebrating the ongoing achievements and dedication within High Peak Scouts.

After this it was time to head home, with lots of tired smiles and what will be life long memories for many of the young people, everyone left the camp with stories of their many adventures to tell to their parents, families and friends.

To have a look at more of the photos from the event follow this link to our Facebook page album of the weekend.

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