Handicamp 2010 - Fun and Friendship

During the second weekend in September and with a pirate theme, Woking Scouts held their 25thannual Handicamp where over 60 Explorer scouts from the borough and children with special needs from Link Leisure based in Board School Road, Freemantles and The Park schools in Woking and Abbey school in Farnham converged on Woodlarks Campsite in Farnham for a weekend of fun challenges.

All the young people camped in tents and the scouts aged 14 to 17yrs old were buddied and 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, grilling fish and mixing mouth watering tropical drinks. They also tried their hand at kayaking and rafting on the River Wey, air rifle shooting, archery, and building small wooden ships racing them in rain gutters.

The huge three face climbing and abseiling wall was constructed by Harsco with HSS Southern in Old Woking supplying some of the safety fencing.

The 25th year of Handicamp was funded by the Chobham-based Children with Special Needs Foundation and the Surrey Army Cadet Force, The Kelsy Trust and also received donations from Roberts Butchers in St Johns, Repropoint in Woking and the Kaye Family Fund through the Surrey Community Foundation.

The 25th celebrations included a hog roast on the Saturday evening followed by a fantastic and blazing campfire.

On a star lit evening, Saturday ended with songs and laughter when the whole camp enjoyed a roaring and fabulous campfire led by Cub scout leader Neil Jones from Sheerwater accompanied by some of the Explorer Scouts.

During the weekend, Woking Mayor Cllr Iqbal visited the camp and experienced the thrill and enjoyment being had by everyone at the camp.

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

It was a fun packed weekend and for some of the youngsters, this was their first time away from their families and the friendly pirates enabled the young people to experience new challenges in a safe environment and the galley slaves made sure they didn’t go hungry.