30 May 2014

4Zero badge4Zero was the name of the counties 40th anniversary camp at Linnet Clough over the May spring bank holiday. Over 2000 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers joined together for a weekend of fun and friendship.

There were so many people camping at the campsite that we were grouped into 5 sub-camps – Water, Earth, Air, Nature and Space. We were in the Space sub-camp, which was named after Professor Brian Cox. Our camp gateway was covered in stars, which had the names of all the different groups on them. Each sub-camp had a different colour, ours was purple, so we had special 5th Hyde Scout Group purple t-shirts printed.

There was loads for everyone to do. The usual campsite activities like climbing, archery, shooting and the ‘Cube’ high ropes course we’re running all weekend as well as some more unusual events. The main stage was the centre of attention, with an opening ceremony and closing ceremony as well as the world record breaking mass street dance. There were marquees for each sub camp with crafts and activities for all, a circus tent where there were both performances and have-a-go sessions. There were all sorts of other activities including giant trampolines, Zorb balls, and a skate park. Displays of exotic animals, birds of prey, a fire engine and a dog display team were all part of the fun.

But the most memorable thing was the rain – or more accurately, the MUD! With that many people on one field the mud was enviable with that much rain. But this did not dampen anyone’s spirits.

“4ZERO was one amazing muddy weekend! Despite the weather it brought the whole county together to party. Purple wigs and tutu’s rule!” Katherine Kennedy space sub-camp leader.

A huge thank you to all who made the weekend possible, especially the parents who joined us to help run the camp. A special mention must be made to Karen and Adrian Attaway, who stayed for an extra day to help clean off all the mud!