A few weeks ago our eldest lad was given a slip asking if he and his family would like to join all of the other beavers, cubs and scouts plus their familes for a weekends camping.
With much trepidation we said yes. 59th Newchapel were brilliant as we hadn't got a tent, so they said they lent us one of theirs. We then set about trying to find the right equipment for our trip making use of various camping shops in free port and camping nirvana Go Outdoors, and beging from family and friends.
For a family who've never camped out before, we really picked a good weekend to try it out. I was expecting the whole experience to put the MRs off for life. As it turns out the wet, windy, damp, sodden, muddy, squelchy weekend was a lot of fun.
Of course this was helped largely by the excellent volunteers from the 59th Newchapel Scouts & the other families we met there, but also by the Timbersbrook Project itself the place where we camped. Timbersbrook is just out side Congleton near to Buglawton.
The Timbersbrook Project is a collection of fields, which is home to a number of farm animals and birds, fields , no roads for little ones to get knocked over by cars and freedom for your kids to play, not to mention the beatutiful views of "Cloud End", and easy access to paths up the hill.
Over the weekend I discovered a number of basic camping tips.
- Make sure your tent has a sealed in ground sheet
- Take fold down chairs and tables to elevate your clothes and items of the ground incase of tent rivers forming
- Warm and water proof clothes are essential, especially for children
- Wear your boots more than twice before walking up and down the Cloud, coming down is a killer on your toes and going up chaffs at the back of your heels.
- Don't park on a wet field, leaving may prove troublesome.
- Sleeping bags + plenty of blankets just in case
- Always remember to pack more than one pair of pants