On a very sunny weekend in the middle of July, Beavers from across Greater Manchester West came together to celebrate the County’s first EVER Beaver sleepover!
With over 200 Beavers from 5 Districts, the weekend was sure to be a success and the action never stopped. All themed around the idea of the ‘Wild Wild West’, the activities ranged from aiming bows and arrows to sheriff badge or headdress making, from practising their lassoing skills from a hobby horse to racing down the cresta run and from traversing the climbing wall to learning tracking skills.
The fun didn’t stop after tea either with a spot of line dancing, musical instrument making and a top-notch campfire provided by the staff at Bradley Wood Campsite. And we can’t forget to mention the amazing pinata in the shape of horse and wagon which had been specially created by one of the leaders. The Beavers, who had been dropping to sleep at the campfire, soon found they had more energy following the enthusiastic ‘whacking’ of the pinata!
After a very long day of fun, the Beavers finally went to sleep – some bunking down inside the building but most favouring the outside in tents – who says Beavers can’t camp?!!
The Sunday dawned bright and early and the Beavers made their own fun, playing as Native American Indians in the woods whilst the Leaders busied themselves packing away. A large ‘pow wow’ ended the weekend and prizes went to 4 Beavers who had come in wonderful costumes as well as every Beaver receiving a Bradley Wood badge and, of course, a share of the sweets from the pinata!
Thank you to all that made the weekend such a success and it’s been lovely to hear such positive comments and feedback from so many colonies.