1957: Midsummer Common Anniversary Camp

Cambridge District Scout Archive

Between 17.00 on May 17th and 14.30 on Sunday May 19th 1957 the District held an Anniversary camp celebrating 50 years of Scouting and 100 years since BP’s birth.

Elsewhere it was titled ‘Grand Rally and Midsummer Common Camp’.

Eleven Troops camped and more Scouts and Cubs attended during the day. Initially the uptake was poor, possibly the result of a less than emphatic entry in the Grafton Street Gazette, but following the circulation of a form the uptake was better. Numbers are not available but between 100 and 120 Scouts were predicted and 150 given as a round figure who camped.

Arena displays are not listed in the planning notes but a Trek Cart Drill was offered, PT, an Obstacle Race, and items from a Troop Gang Show. Later First Aid, a Hike tent race , simple pioneering, camp bed making and backwoods shelter building were in the show.

Night Patrols were maintained, the site being close to the centre of town but poorly illuminated.

A camp fire was organized on Saturday night with yarns and a level of spontaneity expected rather than formal entertainment provided.

The 5th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 23rd, 26th, 29th, 44th, 51st, 54th, and 60th camped.

JWR Archivist Dec 2020