Belgium 2014

 

 

Belgium 2014

A week of many emotions. 

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Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony   De Lork Poperinge  
German Cemetry  Brugges Belgium Scouts Activity Afternoon  
 Tyne Cot Cemetry Zonnebeke Belgium Scouts
 Ferry & travelling Bellewaerde

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Repeating one of your most favourite trips ever generally means it won’t ever be the same the second time around. The only thing different about this trip was the year, 2014 instead of 2008, other than that it was almost an exact repeat, except of course for the Scouts, they were different… of course. Even our coach, complete with driver, was exactly the same as before, Ken being an excellent addition to the party.  With so many highlights of the week it’s difficult to find a starting point. The Menin Gate Ceremony, however, stood out as particularly special and memorable. There were lots of people in 2008, this year, double it and add plenty more and you have over a thousand people watching. Sadly, we did not get to parade down the middle, not to complain though because actual war veterans did, we were in a special place behind the Pipers. Praise indeed to our Scout flag bearers and Scout wreath layer, they set an excellent example and conducted themselves superbly, as did all the others who stood at attention for quite some time. Even our little Beaver Scout!  As leaders we could be nothing less than proud of the conduct of our Scouts throughout our ‘war day’. The day had begun the evening before, if that is ever possible, with the uniform inspection, shoe shining club, ironing guild, knecker rolling league and badge sewing society all taking place merrily in the dining hall of De Lork. The Scouts enthusiasm for a hot iron and bit of polish is quite astounding. However, praise where praise is due, all the Scouts stayed exceptionally smart throughout a very long day, leaders actually wanted to associate with them!  The day itself started with a visit to the massively extended and brilliant, Zonnebeke Museum. Hands on and glass cages (something for everyone…) all rolled into one. This was followed by a visit to the German Cemetery and the enormous Commonwealth Tyne Cot Cemetery. Walking past the wall and seeing the graves for the first time, provoked a short intake of breath from the Scouts near me at the time. Our visit was poignant and reflective, everyone I spoke to in our party had found it so in one way or another. The day ended  at the Menin Gate, going by previous experience we though no point turning up till such a time as no one was there last time and we all got freezing cold waiting around, whoops, cue an almighty rush and push through the extensive crowds. We made it though and the sight of the Scouts walking down the road with the flags at the helm was impressive against the lights of the Menin Gate! photo IMG_20141031_165743_zps72212598.jpg photo IMG_20141030_102905_zps4d2fa41d.jpg photo IMG_20141030_102746_zpsbd890bb3.jpg photo IMG_20141102_095915_zps6d59a4e1.jpg

We’re going back! It’s been 5 years or more since we stayed with our Scouting hosts in Poperinge, Belgium. Being that 2014 is the centenary of the beginning of WWI visiting at this time is an opportunity we cannot let pass. In an almost exact replica of 2008, even the dates are the same, the only difference being that it’ll be 2014 and different Scouts.

Belgium has been highly regarded by past Scouts as one of the best camps ever.

Now it’s your chance.

Tuesday 28th October

until

Sunday 2nd November

2014

Accommodation in De Lork Hostel, Kemmel.

 

Travel with Eagle Coaches, who will stay with us throughout.

“The centennial in 2014 of the start of the First World War”

Cost

£300

 Documents

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Itinerary

It’s tried and tested… Subject to confirmation
 photo Belgium2008330.jpg Thursday 30th October 2014

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Menin Gate Ceremony

Thursday evening we parade at The Menin Gate, Ieper. They have paraded there every evening at 8pm since the war.

Thursday 30th October 2014

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War tour

We visit some of the most important places from WWI.

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  photo Belgium2008474ver1_zpsa8dbe54a.jpg Friday 31st October – Sunday 2nd November 2014

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Home Hospitality

Friday and Saturday night (subject to confirmation!) will be spent with the Scouts from Poperinge.

Friday 31st October 2014

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Bellwaerde Theme Park

A lighthearted day after all that war stuff..

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 photo Belgium2008168.jpg Wednesday 29th October 2014

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Brugges

A gorgeous Belgium city, including a tour of the best bits and a chance to explore some shops and have a spot of dinner in a posh restaurant.

Thursday 30th October 2014

Ieper

Famous for the Menin Gate, but also famous for it’s chocolate shops!

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  photo Belgium2008449.jpg Saturday 1st November 2014

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An activity day with Scouting Poperinge

Despite the Olympics, despite Jersey, despite Croatia this day in 2008 still remains in the top 3 leaders all time favourites!

(subject to confirmation)

 

Who is going:

Scouts:

 

Katie

Emily

Iben

Ellen

Safira

5

Toby M

William

Thomas FL

Seth

Luke

Stan

Sam

Matthew

Jamie

Jacob

10

Explorers:

 

Dylan

Jasper

Angus

Annie

Izzy

5

Leaders:

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Clive

Mike

Nathalie

Nick

Alexis

Rosie

Dave

Daisy

Catrin

Freya

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10

Others:

Jessica

Thomas

2

Total 32

Belgium 2008

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