My (French) Scout Camp: Part 1

Last weekend I went on a french scout camp.  This was a new experience for me as, before this, I had only been on English scout camps.  Before I went, I received two bits of bad news.  First and (in my opinion) most importantly my best friend Arthur couldn’t come on camp because he had to study for some very important exams he had coming up.  And second, my other friend Aymeric couldn’t come either.  But there was to much good news to worry about the bad news. Here are just a few pieces of good news I received before I even arrived at camp:

  • My other friends at scouts Gabriel and Christopher were coming
  • It was going to be based on video games which is a topic I really like because I don’t have any (Mum’s fault)
  • I heard it was a chance to make some new friends (which I found was true)

When I arrived I found out it was going to just be me and Gabs in a tent together I was really excited because the tents were meant for four Scouts so me and Gabs had all the space we could ever hope for.  And even better we were really experienced at putting up tents so we had our tent up in about ten or fifteen minutes.

We were sorted into teams.  I was put with Gabriel in team Mario (I wanted to be in Minecraft but their result changed my mind for me).

The first activity was based on Call of Duty.  We were in pairs and in defense or attack.  That was where I met my two new friends Alexin and Juliette.  Me and Gabs got them out of danger from an enemy defender (they were on the Mario team too).  It was a close call because our hands were tied together.  When we were in defense, one of us was blindfolded and the other was gagged so we had to find a solution for that problem.  For me and Gabs, the gagged one stood behind the the blindfolded one with their hands on the other’s shoulders and turned the blindfolded one to face the attackers so the only thing the other person had to do was shout SSSSSTTTTTOOOOOPPPPP!! VERY LOUDLY

Dinner was spaghetti bolognse and for dessert a chocolate biscuit and a raspberry yogurt which was disgusting (but the biscuit was great).  The spaghetti was also great.

That evening, I taught the French scouts Kumbaya and Ging Gang Goolie with Christopher on the guitar and Alex on the drums which were both popular with the French scouts (the songs I mean, not Alex and Christopher).  Then after each “campfire” they had a mass which went on for a very long time and we had to listen to this boring guy drone on and on and on about how we should be good people and respect God.

The next morning we had a small breakfast of baguette with either strawberry or apricot jam on top so I was very hungry for the rest of the day.

The first game that day was based on Minecraft and in my opinion was the best game of  the entire weekend for two reasons: firstly because it was so much like the real thing (and all my friends will know that I really like Minecraft) and secondly because it required a huge amount of teamwork.  There were four teams (the ones like Mario) and one big one which represented the mob army (like creepers, zombies, spiders and endermen).

Oh so quiet…not been much on the blog

I was looking through my photos and saw all these cool things that we have done since the Summer.  And it made me realise how few posts we had done since the Summer.  And part of the reason for this blog is a memory bank for our time here as well as to share with friends and family what we have been up to as we don’t get to see people so regularly.

We ended the last school year on a lovely high with Creagh finishing CM2 with an award for best effort of which were all so proud of.  A great end to a pretty tough year for him at school.  Moving country and school with a new language to learn in the last year of primary is no small feat.

We had a great trip to Edinburgh in July with Mum and Dad the photos of that made a really cool photo album for a Christmas present for them.  We had another a superb holiday in Brittany before heading back to school in September.  The benefits of 10 weeks of summer holiday – we even squeezed in another camp with Hannah’s 4th Beaconsfield Scouts!!

Big jump up for Creagh now in college with different subjects and a complex timetable to get his head around.  But his effort with FLE (French as a foreign language) and in his lessons have landed him a really great report – felicitations no less.

Creagh has finally written about Gayle and Adam’s wedding which was such a good time and did a great post about carrying the flag at Notre Dame for Remembrance Day.  But we still haven’t posted pictures of our trip by train to Barcelona – so many awesome photos to share from that.

Christmas was fun (and Star Wars) filled and filled too with lots of travelling and time with family and friends with visitors for New Year.  So maybe we have a bit of a New Year’s Resolution – to catch up a bit with our memories of the last half of 2016 here in France and to be a bit more regular even if we just post a few photos!

So Happy 2017!  Wishing everyone all the best for this year.

Off to Scotland for a wedding

We travelled up to Scotland to celebrate Gayle and Adam’s wedding back in October.  We took two planes: one to get Heathrow and another to get to Edinburgh.  We had to take a day off school! Then Adam met us to give us a lift in his car to get our hotel which was pretty and as Euan would say: extremely luxrushy.  That evening we saw some of our uncles and great uncles and aunties – we also met Connor, a cousin we had not met before cos he lives in Ireland.  He was so happy that there were some boys to play with.  We had lots of fun with him.

The next day was the day of the wedding.  We saw Gayle and Adam get married and then had loads of photos outside the hotel.  Then it was back inside for some food, we got stuck in.  The food was delicious  and I completely devoured it.  Maybe I was hungry!

After that came the dancing which was Scottish and I joined in with a few dances. My favourite was one called Stripping the Willow.  The next day was time to go home the same way we came after a spectacular time. Here are a few photos:

All the men at the wedding….

The happy couple cutting the cake…

I was flag bearer at Notre-Dame

I am really happy because I got to be flag bearer at the British Legion Remembrance service at Notre-Dame, one of the biggest and most famous church in France!  Out of all the scouts Gillian (my scout leader) picked me because I was the second oldest scout, the oldest had done it last year and the flag was very heavy and I was strong enough.  I was very nervous when I first found out and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be it.  But being nervous soon turned to being happy when I decided to do it.  I had to walk down the aisle with all the other flag bearers, some old veterans both french and British and this Marshal, then stand by the altar for the whole service and then file out and parade outside for bit.  We even got our hands shaken by some important people wearing medals.

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Afterwards, we wandered back to the station and found an epic Lego store!!  I wanted to buy the shop.  What made it so special were the most amazing lego sculptures – one of Notre Dame itself where we had just been and the Arc de Triomphe amongst other things.

La Philharmonie

20160604_pixar en concertA long time ago now, we went to the Philharmonie in Paris and it was amazing. We got to see parts of our favorite PIXAR films on a big screen.  there were quite a few including :

  • A Bug’s Life
  • Up
  • The Incredibles
  • Brave
  • Wall.e
  • Cars
  • Finding Nemo

The show, which was called Pixar en Concert, was not made cool just because of the huge screen but also by the orchestra that accompanied it.  The conductor had a special screen that showed what was on the telly so that the timing was perfect.

It was a bit of a journey to get to the Philharmonie if you live in Maisons Laffite like we do.  Changing trains does take a little while at Charles de Gaulle Etoile and then a couple of changes on the Metro but it was well worth it.   Here are a few photos of our amazing experience.

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Centenary Camp in France

The Centenary Camp happened a few months ago now but I can still remember it as though it was yesterday!!  It was so brilliant!!!  When I finished school on the day that camp started, I was really excited about it all.  I was going with my friends, Ewan and his brother Joseph, because Mum is a leader and she went early to help set up.  After watching a bit of Pink Panther in Ewan’s car we arrived.

While we were there we did all kinds of stuff including:

  • orienteering
  • backwards cooking
  • cooking
  • putting up tents
  • taking down tents
  • hiking
  • den building (me, Gabriel and Aymeric added this one) 

The drive wasn’t very long.  When I arrived I thought that the campsite was more of a museum because there was a big chateau at the gate.  But behind all that was a really big campsite with a big grassy area and a huge amount of forest.  I loved it.  It was a perfect balance between open space and forest.  There was a tree-house and a “haunted house” and a big thunderstorm while we were out orienteering (annoying) and when we got back our coats were soaking.  That was my least favorite part.  My favorite part was when me Aymeric and Gabriel built a den.  It was so good, you could sleep in it if it hadn’t got broken.

Floods in Paris – some pictures of the Seine

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It didn’t quite get to the levels seen in 1910 where the river was 8m above normal levels but the 6+m was enough to have La Louvre and Musee D’Orsay closed and moving art works to higher floors.  Luckily the Seine is dropping quickly but we are forecast a lot of rain this week (currently not raining so maybe we will be OK).

Definitely quite a sight.  For pictures of Maisons-Laffitte see the previous post – Crazy Weather.  Please, please could we have some spring/summer like weather!!  Soon.