Monday Cubs (and some extra Cubs from Tuesdays and one scout) had fun this Easter in the Brecon Beacons.
The weekend started at the end of term with the 17 young scouts and 7 Leaders travelling to Brecon by minibus on the Friday night. We arrived at the hall where we were staying about 8.30 and quickly settled in. All the Cubs went for a walk through the town to find the Cathedral although the park we hoped to find was a bit steeper than we imagined!
Plenty of hot dogs and hot chocolate finished of the evening and the Cubs we quickly asleep after the long journey.
Saturday morning began with one of Pete Aylott’s famous cooked breakfasts and we split into two groups for the different activities. The first group went over to Glasbury on Wye to do canoeing on the Wye whilst the other did riding. Wearing wet suits we carried out canoes down to the water and played lots of games on the river including canoe rugby. The water levels were pretty low so we couldn’t go as far as we had hoped up some of the tributaries.
After lunch we travelled a few miles up to the Llangorse Activity Centre where we were able to do pony trekking and swapped with the other group. My horse was called Harry and seemed more interested in the grass than trotting! We did some training in the ring and then took the horses (or rather the horse took us) for an hour and a half trek over the fields. Will and Sam did some climbing and caving at the same centre and also had a great time.
Both groups met up in the evening and chilled out before dinner. We did some great parachute games (how high can you cuddly toy fly!) before tucking into some great fish and chips. With the Cubs not tired out, we went for a bit of a walk after dinner and found a really good play area with swings, roundabout etc. which did the trick!
We went back and played ‘Beetle’ which was pretty frantic before going to bed.
Next day started as the day before but we needed to all work together to pack everything up. With the van all loaded, we all travelled across to the ‘Big Pit’ were we travelled hundreds of feet below the ground and saw where the miners used to work.
As you can see we needed to get fully kitted up with helmets and lamps which were quite heavy.
After visiting the Gift Shop (what did happen to those canaries?) we travelled to go on a walk in the ‘Waterfalls’ area. The scenery was stunning and the river a source of fascination for all.
Tired out by this stage (well the Leaders anyway) we travelled back in the minibuses back to Cheltenham, pretty much on time for once! Thanks to all the Cubs and leader/Parents who helped for what was a brilliant weekend.