In the famous words of Janine Melnitz from the original Ghostbusters movie…..WE GOT ONE!!! (if you are under 30, ask your parents….)

Yes, we have had the first Damboree event down at Ferny Croft Scout Activity Centre, when I say WE, I mean the 1st Dorcan Beavers who held their camp over the Easter weekend.

Kathy, Beaver Scout leader, is quoted:

Yes we did survive despite the weather! Beavers had a great time playing frisbee golf, making burgers and cooking them outside! We spelt out Damboree with natural materials we found on a walk around Ferny. They also learnt lots about Beavers in the wild, so all in all we had great fun!

This success against the weather, that is a typical Bank Holiday mudfest, can only be commended, and we look forwards to receiving the order for the exclusive Damboree Gold Badge,  Steve Barley, the County Commissioner for Wiltshire, and the two Deputy District Commissioners for Swindon Ridgeway must be a very proud as they have the  eternal bragging rights to the first ever Damboree Event. Use them wisely.

The biggest applause has to go to Kathy and the 1st Dorcan Scout Group team who made it happen, once again proving that #Beaversarescouts_ScoutsCamp, #BeaversinTents and that whatever the weather throws at you, scouting is fun whatever the age, and you know….BURGERS!

We nearly made Andy Sissons write this article, but the man is a blubbering mess of  pride, and has to find is best handwriting pen ready for the certificate, cos Sam (our Artist) has used all the crayons.

Well Done 1st Dorcan, you are immortalised in Damboree history, for that we are grateful. Because if nothing else, we’ve hit our target, we have a gold badge applicant, and beavers were camping.

We look forwards to reporting on many many wonderful Damboree events throughout the camping season.

I must now do the Gold Badge Order Form…

Picture shared with permission of the 1st Dorcan who retain the copyright.