Cubfest 2016 – I am here, in beautiful Northern France with Solihull District Scouts and 4th Heston Scouts to celebrate the Cub centenary – and what a time we have had already.
After setting off at 5am yesterday morning, the groups remained in good spirits as we ventured towards Dover, with the ultimate pop CD’s pumping out our favourite tunes on the coach. The blue skies were a-plenty, and it wasn’t long before we saw the blue sea and the white cliffs on the horizon. Our ferry was very smooth sailing, providing all with an opportunity to stock up on supplies (particularly toblerones) and take in the wonderful sea air!
After the Channel, it was only about an hours drive through the lovely french countryside to our homely Chateau – we had a short amount of time to run around before it was straight in for dinner and our evening activity of Army biscuit making. Needless to say, it got us into a few sticky situations…
This morning, it was up bright and early to make our morning appointment at the chocolate factory, and boy were we glad we had set our alarms for this one! The overpowering smell of chocolate greeted us, as we made our way into the Chocolatiers workshop to see how they made such wonderful smelling goodies. After we had learned how to become chocolate masters, we sampled some delicious pralines before stocking up on gifts for our loved ones. We were reluctant to get back on the coach!
A short drive later and we arrived at the destination we had been waiting for all along – the beach! Packed lunches in tow, we set up camp with a sea view to re-fuel and prepare ourselves for our next activity. After lunch was munched, we made our way, one by one, to collect our helmets and sails (two very essential items for sand yachting). Once on the beach, we had a quick demonstration from our French instructor before we set sail for ourselves. The wind was scarce, which meant we had to work harder than usual, but everyone really pulled together to ensure that lots of sailing was done by all. After skill improveres, slaloms and races, we were ready for a good old-fashioned sit down. Phew!
Once back at Le Chateau, we tucked into yet another delicious meal to replenish our energy supplies. Tonight, however, we had to save a little room for our Crepe making activity. Crepes were flipping left-right and centre as each Cub successfully made their own yummy pancake, which didn’t last very long!
Time to get some rest before another exciting day; tomorrow, we’re off to Bruges 🙂