Day 4 at the 19th Bolton Centenary Camp

We started the day of activities by building rafts which we went on to race around the lake.

We then stopped for lunch after getting very wet and cold in the water, we then munched on Pizza for lunch and went on to split into groups to get involved with archery and canoeing. 

In the evening we enjoyed a meal made by the parents on the trip which was the best meal of the trip so far and stuffed ourselves with a delicious apple pie for dessert. Finally, We ended the day’s activities by completing the patrol football tournament which the Otters went on to win….. Sadly


Day 3 at the 19th Bolton Centenary Camp

Today we went to the botanical beach and we explored over the rocks. We found many mussels, lots of limpets, pink sea coral, a dead octopus which was very large and lots of hermit crabs. We also saw potholes in many different shapes and sizes. The weather has been fabulous. Lots of paddling and playing in the beach. Thomas Y attempted to float on a driftwood raft- very successfully.

In the evening we did a wide game, capture the flag. It involved lots of running and exploring. The bloggers of the day lost, 2-0


Day 2 at the 19th Bolton Centenary Camp

On Day 2 we began the day with an early breakfast and a short inspection.

Following this we drove to Nanaimo to watch the world championship of the Bathtub Race. Given free time to explore, Scouts ventured into music stores, restaurants and exhibits. The weather was wonderfully sunny for a full day out of wandering. The junior scouts saw cannons firing and small bathtubs with big engines being launched. The people of Nanaimo were extremely helpful and despite a few wrong turns, everyone returned in one piece.

Upon returning we ate Pasta Carbonara, and Cambridge University graduate Mike Evans delighted in a silly string battle with our TLs while the duty patrol washed up.

After dinner, preparations for the Masterchef competition began and ideas such as Shrimp Stir Fry, Cheesecake and Burgers were discussed. With a few games and a well executed Flag down we drank hot chocolate and turned in for the night.


Day 1 at the 19th Bolton Centenary Camp

After the first flag break of the camp, we looked around the campsite to get to know our surroundings. We tried very hard to look for bears but we were unsuccessful. There are only two black bears on the campsite, but luckily we’re almost certain that Dan and Sam won’t eat us. We also found the disc golf course around the campsite. Disc golf is a mixture of frisbee and golf, but using trees as the holes. We had a hard time trying to find the first hole but after that we had a great time. When we came back we had a sandwich for lunch. Next we had a fun time playing games on the field such as rounders and bulldog. Next we went for another walk and this time it was around the River Young. The path was very twisty, including a raft to cross a river. When we came back we had a very tasty diner of roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, vegetables and potatoes. For dessert we had waffles with the traditional Canadian maple syrup.



After the delicious dinner, we had the first half of the scouts 5-a-side football tournament. The general morale of the teams was high, which more than made up for the lack of talent.


Exploring camp

We’ve been out and about exploring camp this morning.

Duty patrol will be doing a daily post every evening our time so everyone back in the UK can check out what we have been getting up to when you get up.  


We’re Here!

We’ve all arrived at Camp Barnard safe and sound, if a little tired.

Advance party cooked us up a feast of chicken burgers for our arrival and everyone is fed now and off to bed for a well needed rest.

Waiting at the gate

We’re all checked in now and waiting at the gate for boarding to start.

Next stop Vancouver!


We’re on our way!

  All loaded up on the coach now and on our way to Manchester Airport

Advance Party have arrived

Advance party have arrived at Camp Barnard now and had their first night in our cabins.

Everything looks good at the site so far and they even spotted some whales on the ferry across to Vancouver Island!