Poacher Scout and Guide camp at Lincolnshire Showground

The Lincolnshire Showground has been busy this week hosting a national and international Scouts and Guides camp, as part of Poacher 2013.

Over 5,500 Scouts and Guides are camped at the showground between July 27 and August 3 in order to take part in a range of activities to earn badges and learn new skills. On site, they took part in activities such as campcraft, cooking, tent pitching, woodwork, parascending, caving, climbing, off road buggies and diving.

Off site, the groups visited the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Lincoln Castle and Cathedral and Bransby Rest Home for Horses, and went to a Water Village for canoeing, sailing, kayaking and raft building.

Another 3,000 members of the younger divisions (Beavers, Cubs, Rainbows and Brownies), visited the site for taster days, to learn more about what they would be doing once they moved up to Guides or Scouts.

The camp also has its own daily newspaper and 24/7 radio station operated by the scouts.

A subcamp from Poacher 2013 also donated dozens of food supplies to the Nomad Trust in Lincoln, which helps the homeless in the city.

Lincolnshire YMCA Chief Executive Malcolm Barham was at the camp on Thursday, August 1, to receive the donations from the scouts, which were hosting a Christmas-themed event.

Malcolm Barham said: “It is fantastic that young people involved in guiding and scouting have contributed food to the Nomad trust which will help to feed some of Lincolns homeless population.”