How do you turn a tree into a tent?

On the face of it this just the kind of challenge that members of the 5th Kettering Scouts might face during some kind of survival training but these tents came from a tree in a more indirect way. We gave the 5th Kettering some bags of award winning SylvaGrow peat-free compost (main ingredient tree bark!) they grew and sold some plants and put the proceeds towards these new tents – as Vicky Geary explained in a recent email

“I thought you would like to see some of the new tents that we fund-raised for, at our plant sale, up and in action,” she wrote.  “Each tent can take 6 young people. These were purchased in time for our group to attend all section district Camp at Rockingham Castle weekend of 19-21 September;  which was attended in total by 800 young people, a full age mix of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. Our group, 5th Kettering took 46 young people.  They took part in a huge range of activities including go-karting, zorbing, target archery, field archery, axe throwing, inflatable caving, making stomp rockets, making slime and sherbert, using bicycles to power a blender to make smoothies, world food tasting and various giant inflatables plus an evening entertainment of camp fire with burgers and hot dogs one night and on the 2nd night a visit from a reptile show and walking dinosaurs, followed by an late evening disco. They had a fabulous time.”

Our MD Andy Chalmers was himself a Queen’s Scout and helping the 5th Kettering in even a small way is something very close to his heart. “It’s wonderful to see the resurgence in interest in Scouting,” he says. “The movement offers boys and girls fantastic opportunities to learn new skills just as it did to me. Hats off to everyone involved.”