Summit 12 savour Norfolk Broads summer camp
18 Aug 2021
Elizabeth Bourne (Lower Sixth) reflects on the Summit 12 Norfolk Broads camp
Although we were originally planning to go to Sweden, as with many things coronavirus changed our plans and so we travelled to the Norfolk Broads.
We set up our tents at our first campsite and decided our aims for the camp which ranged from ‘learning how to sail in a canoe’ to ‘spending time outside’. Once we were settled, we cooked our first dinner over an open fire. We spent the rest of the night talking around the fires which we had created.
The second day began with an optional run and swim, promptly followed by a trip to the nearby Tesco. We bought plenty of food, including endless amounts of biscuits and marshmallows. In the afternoon we refreshed our canoeing skills, preparing for the long journey we were going to make the next day.
The following morning, we left the first campsite, excited to begin the 15km trip ahead of us. We arrived in Wroxham after 10km of canoeing and devoured a much-needed fish and chips. We continued our journey and arrived at our second campsite much faster than expected. We cooked our dinner and explored the surrounding campsite before settling down for bed.
The next day was much like the second, we left in the canoes and went to Roy’s, a local grocery store. We bought all our remaining meals and canoed back to the campsite. In the evening, a group of us tried to persuade the staff to learn a dance but unfortunately, they promised to learn it the following day.
We left the second campsite early in the morning with packed lunches and as many snacks as possible. The weather was relatively windy and so, we were able to raft up some of our canoes together and sail when the wind picked up enough. We stopped off at St Benet’s Abbey with a quick history lesson from Mr Parker (Head of Outdoor Pursuits) and then set off on the final leg of the day. We arrived at the campsite with a grey sky looming above, but luckily there was enough time to pitch our group shelters before the thunderstorm arrived. The storm prevented our plans to teach the staff the dance. Nevertheless, we all crowded into the group shelters and toasted marshmallows.
After a late start, the final day of canoeing began with us paddling into the wind, back the way we had come. However, we had been promised ice creams so morale was high. After our lunch and ice creams, the rest of the journey was relatively calm as the river was sheltered. We arrived at our final campsite and pitched the tents for the final time.
The final day consisted of packing down and travelling back to school. We all said our goodbyes to Mr Bradley (Outdoor Pursuits Quartermaster) and thanked the staff for a wonderful trip with many of us having completed our initial aim for the camp.