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1st Dartford leaders biannual trip to Brownsea Island

10th September 2011

1st Dartford leaders enjoyed an overnight stay on Brownsea Island.

An early start from the Scout Hall and a mega fried breakfast got the Leaders to Sandbanks, Poole Harbour, in time for the 11 o/clock ferry to Brownsea Island .

Brownsea Island is THE home of Scouting, the first ever scout camp was held there in 1907 under the leadership of Robert Baden-Powell, our founder.

Once again we stayed in the White Lodge, situated on the shore line of the Island.

Never a busy place, the Island becomes a place of solitude and peace after the last ferry has left. It was a time for the Leaders to get together as a team, to enjoy each others company and to explore the Island and it's wild life, the Pheasant, Peacocks, Deer, and Bats, plus one of the remaining colonies of Red Squirrels in the UK.

Sunday morning gave the Leaders a chance to show their camping skills during a "BP Camping Experience" competition. Left in the woods with only a bag of rope they had to  construct  a shelter, a fire, a bench to sit on and a flag pole using only the materials around them.

Before catching the ferry back to the mainland,Sunday morning gave us the opportunity of twitching, thanks to the local RSPB, we were able to observe one of the few flocks of Spoonbills attracted to the UK. 




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