What a busy few days it’s been here in the Netherlands! Saturday morning was spent making the final preparations before our first groups of the season arrived, and by midday the Newhaven Scouts, Gainsborough Guides and 3rd Wingerworth Scouts were all settling in to their sites.

By Sunday morning, everyone was ready to get stuck in and the groups were soon occupied with plenty of on-site activities, as well as taking the time for some rest after their long journeys. The activities varied from clog painting at Buitenzorg to exploring the local area through biking and photo hikes.

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Getting into the Dutch spirit with some clog painting – messy but so much fun!

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Groups spent the day photo hiking and cycling through the beautiful gardens of the Kasteel Groeneveld in Baarn.

Today saw the groups venturing further afield and visiting nearby cities. Gainsborough Guides took to Amersfoort for some canoeing, while Newhaven Scouts headed to Amsterdam and took in the culture by visiting the Anne Frank Huis and enjoying a canal tour – as well as getting in some extra fun at the Amsterdam Dungeons!

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‘Fear is a funny thing…’

After an action-packed couple of days, the groups will be spending more time on site in the coming week as well as continuing to explore the local area. I can’t wait to see what adventures we’ll have!