12th & 13th September 2009

Fun and Friendship


The sun shone last weekend for the Caribbean themed camp that Woking scouts held for Children with Special Needs.

The camp was held at Woodlarks campsite in Farnham and Scouts and Explorer scouts aged 14 to 18 from the borough are buddied with and look after pupils from Freemantles school in Mayford,, Carwarden school in Camberley, The Park school in Woking, Abbey in Farnham and Link Leisure based in Board School Road, for a weekend of fun and adventure.

All the young people camped in tents and the scouts looked after the pupils for the whole weekend. They all took part in new and challenging activities such as climbing and abseiling, backwoods cooking over open fires, cooking tasty sausages, succulent sugar cane bananas and mixing mouth watering tropical drinks. They also tried their hand at canoeing and rafting on the River Wey, air rifle shooting, archery, and building small wooden model trucks and racing them on roller coaster tracks.


The massive three face climbing and abseiling wall was constructed by Scaffolding Great Britain with HSS Southern in Old Woking supplying some of the safety fencing.

The 24th year of Handicamp was funded by the Chobham-based Children with Special Needs Foundation and the Surrey Army Cadet Force and also received donations from the Co op, Roberts Butchers in St Johns, Petrofac, the Surrey Community Foundation and Allianz in Guildford.

On a star lit evening, Saturday ended with songs and laughter when the whole camp enjoyed a roaring and fabulous campfire.

The theme being Caribbean, had the leaders and youngsters in bright coloured clothes and luaus, and to top it all, the sounds of the Nostalagia Steel Pan Band from London could be heard everywhere on the campsite as they spent the weekend teaching the youngsters to play calypsos.

Woking Mayor Cllr Tina Liddington and her husband Steve visited the camp and during the visit had a go at many of the activities, including climbing and abseiling, and enjoyed a pleasant sunny morning chatting to the young people.

The weekend enabled over 170 young people, leaders and teachers to integrate, learn from each other and enjoy a memorable weekend.

Kat Mack, Children's Services Manager from Link Leisure commented “the buddy system was great. It meant that the children were more independent from the adults and felt like any other teenager.”