The German Scouts also wrote a blog about annual camp. You can check it out here: http://dpsg-unterliederbach.blogspot.de/
Day 9 was the last day of camp. We got up at 10am for breakfast and then started to pack for the trip home. When we finished packing away the tents we all went for a swim. Then at 3pm there was a number of presentations from the Irish scouts to the German scouts and vice versa.
Afterwards markers were handed out for scouts to sign each others camp neckerchiefs. We left the camp at 4pm and headed for the airport with Andreas, Uta, Thomas, Tim and Anthony. When we arrived at the airport we bumped into some scouts from Bolivia. Some of the scouts swapped neckers and we got a group photo. The we said good bye to the 5 that joined us at the airport.
We were met with a large applause in Dublin Airport as we exited arrivals. Everyone had an amazing time. Scouts and Leaders alike.
We cannot thank enough everyone who took part and helped out in the organisation and execution of annual. It was an exceptional trip.
On day 8 we had another day of workshops. There was fishing and beekeeping, canoeing, climbing, and a treasure hunt.
We had a small camp fire but most people went to bed early because every one was very tired from the rest of the week.
On day 7 we visited Schloss Freudenberg. It is a museum designed to develop a visitors senses and mind.
The museum contains over 100 exhibits which challenge your understanding of science and your senses.
We were split into 3 groups to take part in a tour of the museum.
The tour demonstrates some of the exhibits. It showed a large pendulum with a 200 kg rock hanging from a large tripod. The tour guide showed that the pendulum could be swung using a human hair.
Another interesting exhibit was the metal plates which when vibrating to a particular note they would show a unique pattern.
Day 6 was a uniformed celebration day. In the morning we got up a little later than usual for breakfast. Then we started setting up the site for our visitors later on.
We were expecting the German scouts’ parents, some reporters from the media and some local dignitaries.
At 4.30pm we took part in a religious service which was hosted by the German scout groups Chaplin named Christian.
Then we had dinner
Later that night we had a large bon fire.
Day 5 was another group day. All of the Irish scouts headed into Frankfurt city because we had so little time on Day 3. We split up into groups and headed off to meet back at a central location.
Some scouts bought gifts for family and friends back home. When we got back to the camp site we went swimming. That night we had a campfire.
Day four started early for workshop day. The whole group was split into rafting, geo-caching, tranquility, knife making, clay oven, carpentry, climbing and cosmetics.
We got started straight after breakfast.
The rafting group headed to the bank of the river Nidda with supplies. They brought large truck tyre tubes, planks of wood, sisal, rope, a pump and some other bits and bobs. The group was split into a group of three and a group of four. The teams worked hard all day to build rafts.
When they completed them they were tested in the river.
They then were navigated down the river for a few hundred metres.
The geocashing team took part in a treasure hunt type game in a local park. Starting out on bikes they made their way through the local area and then on to the park. Using clues, coordinates, and their bloodhound instincts the Irish and German scouts were eventually victorious. Everyone had good craic and really enjoyed racing through the suburbs on bikes. Big thanks to David and Jorg for steering them in the right direction.
The climbing group went off the site to visit a park about an hour away in Taunus. They climbed on a natural quartz outcrop which was challenging, but really great fun with a brilliant view from the top of the surrounding park. Afterwards they were climbing and building a swing in the trees nearby.
The knife making group stayed at the site. One of the younger wolflingers (beaver age) father brought a portable furnace and guided each of the group through making a led mould and then making the knife.
The clay oven group spent the morning collecting muck for the oven and then building up the oven. It is done by layering mud with one layer of tin foil. When the mud started to set mud is removed from under the tin foil. Then a fire is burned in the chasm to aid in setting the muck. This process is repeated until the oven is large enough to cook in.
The third day started with “the big circle”. All the morning announcements were made and the whole group sang ging gang gouli gouli.
This day was planned as a group day. This means that the scouts were free to choose whatever they wanted to do. We overwhelming chose to go for a long swim in the morning and a trip to Frankfurt in the afternoon.
Later in the evening we had a camp fire.
We sang many traditional Irish songs, German songs and camp fire songs. Aoife played tin whistle, Tamara sang a song and Roisin and Nicole led a camp fire song.
Also the prizes for the Schlag die Leiter were handed out.
On day two we were woken by the wake call German style. They send scouts banging pots and pans at 8am. Some double hard scouts had already awoken for an early morning swim at 7.30am.
Before breakfast we met in a large circle, which is a tradition for German scouts. The leaders announced the plan for the day. Next we eat breakfast before heading into Frankfurt city for Schlag die Leiter (beat the leaders).
Schlag die Leiter is a game which was thought up by one of the German leaders named Julian. The game is played by teams of 8. Each team is sent a text message at start of each hour. The text message contains a clue which points the team to a famous landmark in Frankfurt. They have 20 minutes from this time to find a group of leaders at the landmark.
If the team make it, the team is pitted against the leaders in a challenge. e.g. Kim’s game
There were also QR codes posted around the city which unlocked clues about the final treasure. It was a great way of finding out about Frankfurt while having fun.
The weather was fine until the lightning storm started just as we finished. We were soaked and very hungry getting home so were really grateful for the spaghetti bolognase.
Our first day is coming to an end. The day started very early at 4.30am in Dublin Airport.
We had free time in the airport before we got on the plane. The plane took off at 7:15am and it landed in Frankfurt at 10:05am. We were given a special welcome from aer lingus as we landed. There was short wait for the aircraft steps but once they arrived we were quickly bussed to the main terminal building.
After we picked up our bags, we met Thomas, Andreas and Anthony at arrivals.
Robbie collected our bags in a van to lighten our load for our journey to the camp site.
We caught the monorail to another terminal building. We took a DB train to Hauptbahnhof.
We changed onto the S1 sbahn train and got off at Neid. We walked along the Nidda river for a couple of hundred metres to find our campsite. It was hot and humid.
We were given a great welcome from all the German scouts and leaders. The camp site is an old swimming lake when has been refashioned as a fishing lake. The lake is surrounded by forest and some open green areas. The German scouts have gotten special permission from the fishermen to allow us to camp.
Beside the camp there is a sports centre with a swimming pool, table tennis, a basket ball court, and an oversized chess board.
After a nice lunch we setup camp and when the thunderstorm stopped we went for a swim in the 50m swimming pool. There was an intense game of basketball between a team of Irish and a team of German players.
We had dinner at 8pm. Afterwards we planned teams for the treasure hunt in Frankfurt tomorrow.