Family Camp (23.04.2022)

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Date(s) 23/04/2022

Time(s)All Day

Type: Introductory Taster Sessions

Suitability: Any Volunteers

Location: Garners Field, Sheephatch Lane, Tilford (nearest post code GU10 2AQ)

Food: The Scout kitchen will provide a free hot lunch, as well as hot / cold drinks during the day. Please bring your own mug, and any other food / drink that you want.


For the last few years we have run a come and try it session for the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Parents on the Saturday from about 9.30 to 17.00.

Ideally we should try and get to Garners field about 8:30 – 9:00 am on the day.

The campsite is next to the River Wey, here it is quite shallow and narrow, the format for the day is 20 to 30 minute come and try it sessions on the water in kayaks. The BVCC helpers role on the land is to fit BA’s, fit paddlers to boats and paddles, give some basic instructions, slide kayaks into the water and extract them at the end of the session. Those in the water (it is just under waist deep on me in most of the river so we are standing in the water rather being in boats) is to keep them safe and within the boundaries we have set, give them basic coaching and maybe empty a boat or two when they have fallen in. We usually get 200 or so paddlers on the water throughout the day, it is quite hard work as we are always on the go but we do get a break for lunch and get fed.

We would like to get as many boats, paddles and BA’s to the site on the Friday evening.

Can you help?

  • delivering boats / kit before/after the event?
  • on the bank, part or all of the day?
  • on the water, part or all of the day?

Thank you!

p.s. If you are coming on the day don’t forget to bring a mug / cup with you for a brew!