A big thank you

5th August 2013 by Buff

Thanking you all – members of FreeSpirit, parents and especially my fellow leaders – for a great camp. Lots of fun, new friends made, old friendships renewed. We certainly left our mark on the camp…onwards and upwards!

See you all at Birthday Camp end of the month – Buff.

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Final moments…Bear Gryls, David Walliams and some dubloons

3rd August 2013 by Buff

This morning saw us all packing like mad before an excellent breakfast of pancakes. The sun was still shining when the unit headed off to finish our last programme zone…Eco. And was still shining when a helicopter dropped in and off loaded Chief Scout Bear Gryls and comedian David Walliams. They wandered throughout the camp leaving happy and amazed young people in their wake.

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Our kit was packed when a party of pirates was spotted approaching…it was our sheep rustling fiends from Red Bandits ESU. They presented us with an ancient pirate scroll and a small treasure chest filled with dubloons and a message -“FreeSpirit ESU, Thanks for some top rated plundering at Kernow Jamboree, your friends The Midnight Fleet and Red Bandits ESU”.

Goodbyes were said and we hit the road home.

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Blog Update and home time

3rd August 2013 by Buff

This blog and our photo gallery will be seriously updated tomorrow with many more photos and stories…be sure to check back. We are hoping to get away around 12-1pm arriving back at the hut at 6ish…but will update you all from the road.

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Closing Ceremony

2nd August 2013 by Buff

We pulled on our dragon suits and onsies for the last time and paraded down to the main stage for the closing ceremony.  Following the inevitable thank you’s, we were entertained by “Counterfeit Kylie” who did a number of the real artists songs. This was followed by the final of the tallent show, in which our very own Jim was competing.  A final set by lookie likey Lady Ga Ga completed the evening.  It was now time to party back at our tent and say goodbye to new friends. …which seemed to involve a lot of hand holding for some of  us!

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Team Lady Lube Strikes Again!!!

2nd August 2013 by Becky

While waiting for the male leaders to deliberate which souvenirs they were going to relocate, Team Lady Lube struck at midnight. Their first outing was at Essex Jamboree last year and they didn’t disappoint this summer, nabbing the one banner the male leaders really wanted…

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A missing banner…

2nd August 2013 by Buff

We awoke this morning to find that our new FreeSpirit banner, complete with the Kernow logo, had gone missing. Following our sheep rustling incidents and subsequent ransom notes, we eagerly awaited the next installment…but nothing was forth coming. We started to get worried that we had been the victim of a serious banner snatch, until Buff popped into his tent to grab a sweatshirt and found the banner spread out on his sleeping bag with a big note – Gotcha! – Our female leaders (Becky and Michelle) had decided to play a trick on us all and had stolen our own banner! Beware next time ladies!!

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A new Mess Tent Mobile!

2nd August 2013 by Buff

Earlier in the week, our new good neighbours and fiends from Aldershot made the mistake in going off site on an activity day…we then decided that their campsite needed a little facelift…well, today they returned the compliment in style! A cross of St George was added to our main flagpole, and a cool “mobile”, using most of our kitchen items, was added to the interior of our mess tent. An idea that we have now added to our repertoire for another time!

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Birthdays, Radio Cornwall and Coasteering

2nd August 2013 by Buff

Today was a special day. Not only were we off to the coast for some sea kayaking,  canoeing,  surfing and coasteering….it was also Josh and Abi’s birthdays. Following breakfast we put up birthday banners and presented our birthday due with cards and a big birthday badge which they had to wear all day. This was followed by Jamal’s interview with Radio Cornwall representing all the Explorers on the Jamboree. ..another FreeSpirit first. Watersports were fantastic. ..the sun was shining and the sea was bouncing nicely. We did a mixture of all three sports, with the addition of some rock jumping and some mad swimming and capsizing. Then back home to site for a superb chilli followed by the closing ceremony.

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Team Lube…blck ops!

2nd August 2013 by Buff

Allegedly, members of FreeSpirit’s blacks ops team (known as Team Lube) were out and about in search of some serious booty. Dodging roving security teams, a target was spotted, a plan of attack was formulated and expertly carried out with another “alleged” banner added to our collection….possibly the main banner from the BP!!!

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an apology

1st August 2013 by Buff

Sorry for the lack of photos and blog entries. ..but there is little or no Internet on site! This blog is being run from Buff’s phone and 3G signal!

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