Week two of the season begins here in the Netherlands! Yesterday was a mixed bag of emotions – from sadness at saying goodbye to the wonderful groups who left (Newhaven Scouts, Gainsborough Guides and 3rd Wingerworth Scouts – thank you all for being amazing!) to the excitement of welcoming the wonderful Southampton Scouts and helping them get settled in. This group is much bigger than last week’s and were soon happily spread across our two campsites here at Buitenzorg. We had an adventurous trip to the local supermarket and plenty of fun was had with a hammock brought by a group leader – unfortunately, the weather recently forces me to conclude that we probably won’t have a night dry enough for anyone to get a chance at sleeping out in the open underneath the stars!

The Royal Palace Amsterdam, where the group stopped to take in a spot of street performance today.

After a chilled out afternoon yesterday, we set off bright and early this morning to Amsterdam and the group headed straight for the Anne Frank Huis. One scout described the experience to me as ‘very emotional’, and after visiting myself last week I can definitely say I agree. We got in a bit of retail therapy with a visit to the wide range of shops on Kalverstraat and then caught an exciting bit of street performance in Dam Square before an afternoon of winding down with a canal cruise. Thoroughly exhausted, we headed back to camp and look forward to tomorrow, when the group will be trying out mountain biking and swimming as well as getting their hands dirty with a bit of clog painting!