Having been dispatched to De Kluis yesterday to gather photos for Venture Abroad, I spend the night in London (thanks Marc) before setting out to South London Scout Centre, the starting point for this adventure.
I receive the warmest of welcomes from 10th Fife Scouts who have just arisen from their overnight stop, and offer me a hearty breakfast. We then board the coach, make a quick stop at Gatwick to collect 2nd Bangor Scouts and head for the Eurotunnel. A couple of hours after emerging into France and we’ve arrived at the final destination, De Kluis, on the edge of Belgium’s Meerdaal Forest.
I spend some time having a look around and have to say I’m impressed. It has to be said that I’m not the keenest of campers but this place is immaculately clean (Scout groups who stay here all volunteer time out from their holiday to help keep it that way) and a very beautiful part of the world.
An early night beckons in preparation for tomorrow’s orienteering but first I must share these photos of the most impressive camp I’ve ever seen. This group of Belgian Scouts told me that they’d cycled 100km from Gent with all their equipment and then spent the day putting their tents on stilts simply because they were new. Apparently the local press had visited to write about the site which doesn’t surprise me, I’ve never seen anything like this before, and doubt I ever will again.