The Scout camp: Loud ‘n’ Proud

As you read this, my boys are on a big Scout camp in Holland. Both of them. They’ve been there for six days already and they will be there for another six.

It’s a pretty big deal and, I’ll be honest, I’ve been dreading it for over a year now, since they first signed up for it. But it was their decision to go and I was never going to stop them. I will always support them going on adventures, spending time in the great outdoors, having new experiences and getting out of their comfort zones wherever possible. It will be an amazing experience, one they will remember for the rest of their lives.

But I’m sure it won’t be plain sailing either – being away from home, meeting new people, a lack of sleep, unfamiliar foods. That’s a lot to deal with, especially when you’re only 11. Last year, my younger son didn’t survive a week long camp, coming home on the fourth day, so this is a huge step up for him. He’s grown in confidence over the last year, and had an amazing time on his recent school residential, but he’s still very young to be away from home for that long.

There are a fair few Scouts from their group on the camp too, which will make it easier for them. But there are plenty of Scouts who never camp and plenty more who would never contemplate a camp any longer than a weekend. Not to mention all of those kids who don’t even do Scouts or any outdoor activities – who are happy to spend their lives in front of a screen. My boys like their screens, but I’m pleased to say they love adventures too.

I think they are incredibly brave and I am very proud of them (I also can’t wait to see them again!).

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Loud ‘n’ Proud will be taking a break for the summer now, but will be back at the start of September, hosted by Mama Owl.

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  1. Sounds like it will be a wonderful adventure and experience, and definitely a big step – well done, brave boys! I hope they have an amazing time and come home full of happy memories. Thanks for hosting!

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    • Thanks very much! I think they will be having an amazing time, I just hope it’s not too long away for them!

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  2. Gosh, a whole week away in a foreign country at the age of 11 is an amazing achievement. Part of loving them & raising them is being able to let go – but it doesn’t come easy, does it?! I’m sure when they get back you’ll smother them in cuddles!
    That is one incredible adventure and you must be so incredibly proud!
    #LoudnProud

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    • It’s not easy at all, but I would never hold them back! I know what an incredible experience it will be for them to take part.

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  3. What a great adventure for them and building their confidence. I am sure you are missing them like mad, 12 days is such a long time. At least they have each other over there. I can’t imagine how much washing they are going to come back with. I can imagine you will be very proud when you see them again in 6 short days #loudnproud

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    • It’s a really long time! I don’t think I would have let me younger son go without his big brother. I’m sure they will be having the time of their lives, though!

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  4. Sounds wonderful and a great experience for them, but I bet you are missing him xx

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    • I definitely am missing them, but hopefully they are having the time of their lives! x

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  5. Oh imagine the washing you will have?!? Having said that, I used to pack so much stuff for cub camp and they only ever wore about three things. What an amazing experience for them though and it must be comforting for you that they are together.

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    • I’m not too worried about the washing! I think it will be pretty dirty as the weather was a horrendous for a few days. My boys wear very little too, so they only had six Tshirts, two pairs of trousers and two pairs of shorts each. It’s very comforting that they’re together, otherwise I think my younger son is too young.

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