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Sun, swimming and sailing was the order of the day from the moment that the 1st Durbanville troop arrived at Vogelvlei Yacht Club campsite on Voëlvlei Dam near Wellington.

Unprecedented numbers of 1st Durbanville scouts attended the camp from 10 to 15 January 2022 and our Troop Scouter, Johann Visser (aka Guppie), and his team had their work cut out for them. Sailing was everyone’s priority and our boat’s new sails were properly baptized by the time the camp drew to an end.

Apart from the fleet of kayaks and sup boards which were at the disposal of our scouts, they also built a raft on which many a happy hour was spent. Many of the juniors successfully completed the Map Reader Scoutcraft badge which was run on camp by Guppie and a team of seniors.

Our six patrols each had a turn to cook for everyone and on the last night a formal banquet with a “Star Wars” theme was held. Amidst great hilarity and high jinx, skits were demanded as forfeits for failing to adhere to a number of “Star Wars” terminologies and table rules.

All too soon it was time to pack up, lower the flag and head for Durbanville. A sunburnt, exhausted and happy troop made quick work of unpacking all the equipment at the scout hall and then it was home to cool showers, mom’s cooking and comfortable beds.