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My top Camp Bestival Lessons 2015

I went to Camp Bestival for the first time last weekend. My wife and kids were with me (a nine year old and a three year old). We had an awesome weekend and really enjoyed ourselves. However, we barely touched the edges of what was possible. So here are my top Camp Bestival lessons and ideas for next year. Camp Bestival is Huge A really obvious Camp Bestival lesson is that it is huge.  I mean physically as well as the acts. Our camping space was about half a mile from where we had to park the car, and it was a ten minute walk (admittedly at toddler speed) from the closest part of the festival. There were literally thousands and thousands of tents, each with several people in them. The Green 2 car park had well over a thousand cars…
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Cub Camp 2014 – pt.2

So here are a couple of photos to give you an idea of what Jordan Heights looks like. I didn't take that many photos, largely because my phone ran out of battery before the end of the weekend. So this is the pizza oven, made from a metal dustbin with racking inside. It's just outside the covered area with a bespoke raised fire pit. The picture doesn't show the door for the front, it was a wooden door lined with a metal plate and with a couple of handles to make it easy to move back and forth. When it was on it kept the heat from escaping from the front. I kept it off while I was getting the fire lit. I spent the weekend telling the boys that they'd been eating food out of the bins! It worked…
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Cub Camp 2014

I got back yesterday evening from a two night camp with Clark Pack of 5th Reigate (Merstham) cub scouts. We were up at Jordan Heights, a little piece of unspoilt wilderness hidden on the back of Reigate Hill about 100m from the A217. The campsite is appropriately spartan. The facilities are geared for adventure rather than comfort. This is a good thing when you are scouting. There are some custom built outdoor cooking facilities (see the photos), a hut for storage and as a backstop against inclement weather. There are also air rifle and archery facilities with a trained instructor available. The campsite is a couple of flattened areas both bigger than our scout hall and it is set in the woods on the side of Reigate Hill. There are other facilities too, and you can see the details on…
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