Netherlands 2017

The Big 62nd Trip 2017

 

Friday 18th August until Saturday 26th August 2017

It was mega. 9 Days. 41 Scouts, leaders and Thomas’s, let loose in the Netherlands! Following a first few nights of rain, thunder and lightning, we were blessed with glorious Dutch sunshine for the rest of the trip, so we could really enjoy our canoeing, assault coursing, paddle boarding, and our day trip to Amsterdam to name just a few of the activities we got up to.

Scroll down for photos and reports for each day. Stay a while – have a gander at our wonderful snaps from a trip that will stay in all of our memories, and will surely go down as one of the greats…

 

We’re Off!

Everyone in the Netherlands cycles. Cycle lanes are everywhere, so no scary tiny country lanes to contend with. We picked up the bikes the day we arrive and cycled the last few miles to the campsite from Delft. We had the bikes for the week.

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Delft

Our nearest Dutch city is Delft. We cycled to a few times and spent plenty of time here exploring.

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Fireworks

An international competition, don’t you know

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This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Stand up Paddle Boarding

 

 

In the sea at Scheveningen, The Hague. Preceded by a day on a Dutch beach. We also visited late one night for some world class fireworks.

 

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  Anne Frank’s House

  

  Whilst in Amsterdam we will visit Anne Frank’s House…

…and if you’ve never heard of Anne Frank – shame on you! Go and find out more now!

 

Bieslandse Bos Scout Campsite

 

We stayed in the woods at Bieslandse Bos, near Pijnacker, just outside of Delft. A full tent city, with onsite toilet and shower facilities.

 

Click here for campsite photos and report – Days 8 & 9

 

Delftse Hout

A short cycle ride towards the outskirts of Delft for a lazy afternoon. The sun was out and a deserved relax followed after a busy few days.

 

 

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 A whole day in the vibrant city of Amsterdam. As highlighted above we paid a visit to Anne Frank’s House. A boat trip around the world famous canals together with some free time around the shops and sights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for photos and report – Day 7

 

Drievliet Theme Park

Ok so it wasn’t  Alton Towers, but it was within cycling distance.

 

Click here for photos and report – Day 3

 

Cycling, it’s the Dutch way!

Everyone in the Netherlands cycles. Cycle lanes are everywhere, so no scary tiny country lanes to contend with. We picked up the bikes the day we arrive and cycled the last few miles to the campsite from Delft. We had the bikes for the week.

 

 

Click here for photos and report – Day 1

Outdoor Valley

   

About 45 mins cycle away is Outdoor Valley. They did indeed have an incredible assault course with over 100 obstacles. We also had a canoeing session.

 

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Delft

 

 

Our nearest Dutch city is Delft. We cycled to a few times and spent plenty of time here exploring.

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Scheveningen Beach

 

Lovely weather, for a day on the beach. Near to The Hague, it’s a lovely Dutch beach!

…with fabulous fireworks.

 

 

Flying 

We flew from Bristol to Schiphol and took over most of the plane. Each journey was followed or preceded by a lengthy cycle ride and train journey. We coped…

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