GlosCamp 2010

When this blog was still fresh in 2006 I wrote 6 entries about my time spent at the Gloucester County Camp in 2006. Eventually it merged into the longest entry on this blog and is simply called GlosCamp. Four years and many, many posts later I have attended GlosCamp 2010.

Last time I attended as Service Crew and between meals was able to get upto some mild antics, this time I attended as Staff and had more responsibilities and less freetime so this post will be short. For GlosCamp 2010 I edited and designed the daily camp newsletter called The Gloscamper. The newsletter needed a name since I didn’t want it to have long website address adding an “er” to the end kept it fairly short and still Newlettery.

To produce this fantastical newsletter I was joined by the brilliant and decorous Helen, we were a brilliant team and once we had a full arsenal of equipment we were legendary.

For the first issue there wasn’t much material floating around so the letter was quickly thrown together (I didn’t even justify the text) with content from myself, Matt (one of the organisers) and the Leader of the Danish Contingent.
(The Danes have a long history with the North Cotswold District dating back to 1985 it was their turn I believe to visit us so they were invited to coincide with the grandest event available.)

On the next day Helen appeared so more content could be generated and organised so a folded A4 booklet was made. Unfortunately we were using a very nasty HP printer that stopped every few pages and required a panel be opened and closed to continue! When we finally managed to get enough copies of the second issue out Helen and I literally walked half the site handing out the Paper and as the sun was setting put her tent up. Then completed the distribution in the dark seeing a lot of gateways decorated with twinkling candlelight.

Not wanting another printing fiasco I managed to get Lesley Herbert’s amazing HP 4050 printer going, I tell you it was more than double the effectiveness of the HP 2200 we had been using :P. At this point we were still struggling for excess content so generating articles slowed us down a bit, but rather than distribution at 21:30 the faster printing allowed us to get newsletters out at 8pm.

I think it was Tuesday when the Newsletter was finally getting an audience, we had the record 22 different people come in with cameras to copy over photos and several young Scouts writing articles. Somehow despite their young age their writing sometimes read better than that from Explorers, difference being the Scouts simply wrote what they wanted and the Explorers tried to show off to no avail!

The next few issues had a lot of momentum behind them making them get distributed earlier and earlier which was great as we both got to attend the camp-fire promptly on the Thursday.

Friday was difficult. Helen had absconded to Cardiff and I had the intention of making 2 issues today, one for the closing ceremony and one for the next morning’s departure. However, without Helen and the need to make a Photo montage I didn’t quite make it. The video got made and was shown on loop with its rather awesome Trance soundtrack and the newsletter along with remastered back issues went out in the morning with the departure rush.

Of the 6 issues I think #4 is my favourite but the best frontpage belongs to to the last day (Friday the Thirteenth!) You can see all issues on the gloscamper download page.

Making the Aberystwyth SSAGO Website

Many Moons ago the webmaster of a AberSSAGO asked me to redo their club website for them. Having a familiarity of the club through a good friend called AberMary (who many readers of this blog also know as Fearless Guider) I wanted the club to put its best foot forward so I thought “‘what the hey’ I could do with a bubbly and friendly piece to add to my portfolio” and got involved Continue reading Making the Aberystwyth SSAGO Website

Swansea “Under the Sea” SSAGO Rally

I’ve been looking forward to this rally ever since I learnt that we would be going to the beach, there was the opportunity to go to during the first Welsh Rally back in 2005 but my club and I overslept missing the coach and being left stranded on camp site with few others around. It was fun though, and we made the best of it was we could. Anyway this rally Continue reading Swansea “Under the Sea” SSAGO Rally

Bangor “Blackadder” SSAGO Rally

AKA The Great Welsh Rally 2

So this is my inaugural rally as SSAGO Publicity Officer, this is what I thought it would entail: More people knowing my name than knowing theirs, more free drinks, the ability to get anything done without actually doing it myself, a lot of talking and playing of silly games.

Okay more people did know my name, there were the usual offers of free drinks, I did my fair share of the work ( in all honesty I know that I command jack so its not a surprise ) there was a medium about of talking but most of it was in meetings, I missed out on so much of the fun of Rally the Sunday Morning silly games and the Saturday Morning activities and the Gadaffy Plate Challenge that I’ve still only seen at my first Rally in Loughborough.

Barely arrived on the Friday, much disarray was caused by the Football and Rugby matches on the Friday evening just as I was arriving in Cardiff to hitch a lift. I owe a big thanks to Mark for the ride and would thoroughly recommend him as a driver, fast, reliable, cautious.

Stayed up late catching up with the magnitude of happenings to my fellow ssagoers and setting my unfortunately neutral stance on all the politics orbiting the Club Representatives meeting some 5 hours later and the Exec meeting on Sunday.

Despite all the cloak and dagger discussion I wouldn’t say that the Reps’ meeting was outrageously unique, structure complaints, next rally messages, next ball messages. The atmosphere did tense when we came onto AOB as Jon was under scrutiny for impolite behaviour via email. Chris made some valid points, I interjected with some comment and a what if which seemed to me vital; you’re doing silly games without a health form, its the most likely time for an accident to happen! But it picked up little reverence.

The Pub Crawl was fun, Paddies, Rascals, Weather Spoons, Varsity, Yellow, Academy and Skerries. I missed out ‘Le Glob’ because it was a predominantly Welsh Pub that deters non-welsh patrons, I might have some balls but not enough to go into a pub with a stigma of distaste for non-Welshmen. I don’t know how I did it but despite drinking in every pub I didn’t get drunk, tipsy perhaps but not slack jawed or slurry, I’d love to know how I did this as it will come in handy at similar festivities.

That night I sat out most of the Ceilidh opting to chat with those that I hadn’t been able to the night before and about the days occurrences. Then some interrelation work in the form of a game of spin the bottle which I instigated but didn’t partake, Emily complained later that I hadn’t 😉 but I thought it would be wrong to benefit from my own cheekiness. Oh and as this is a quasi public record I calm Best Man Benefits at all weddings proceeding from that event.

Sunday morning I was up and ready for breakfast at 7:30, I suppose this is partly to make up for when Dave, Matt and I went to the first Great Welsh Rally in Summer 2004 and slept in till Noon missing the trip to the Beach for which I am eternally regretful having glimpsed numerous pictures as I’ve crawled the club websites over the past year. Still waited for Breakfast and then the impending Exec Meeting of Doom, but due to certain leading members of the Exec sleeping in it didn’t start till 10am giving me a chance to take down my tent and strike my camp. It was lucky, the heavens opened some 30 minutes later!

The Exec meeting was long and arduous, I hated having to tip toe through it when a majority of misgivings rooted down to differing opinions or were exaggerated worries. I bet all the same concerns have been raised for past rallies and in recent memory none have failed to entertain but there have been problems, some preventable, some not.

Spent a few hours clearing up the buildings at the end of the day which helped to remind me of the connection between some names and faces.

I was shattered when I got home and was hoping Sarah didn’t have guests as they would see me in a state which can only be described as incongruous. Unfortunately she did and they bore witness my incongruity, took me about 24 hrs to get myself together.

All in all another title deserving Great Welsh Rally.

GlosCamp

The Gloucester County Camp

Day 0

Admittedly I’m only a few hours into the day but last night was a bit of a giggle, Derek and I had a rendezvous at Mary’s so we could get an early start today (that and the opportunity of hang out for an evening 😉 First order of business; Food. After a tad of coaxing Mary relented and gave in to using the impromptu griddle, its pretty nifty and tripod suspended free hanging griddle over a log fire, awesome.

Dampa Bread, Sausage, Burger (veggie and regular) mostly vegetable kebabs and onions. Seriously the setup is the stuff that dreams are made off, a smouldering fire with camp and deck chairs surrounding it. With no canopy overhead we got to see the evening sky turn a yellow, orange and red and finally a deep regal blue.

We sat talking about whatever crossed our minds ranging from ‘that hot young captain of the Enterprise’ to ‘I think the Clones in Star Wars had families’ with a game of digital yatzee here and there.

Leanne had a spout at making some cocktails, she made 2, haven’t a clue what they were called, the first one was extremely strong causing most to gag and the second a much improved smooth pineapple which I would’ve happily trade in my Snakebite and Black for.

That’s all so far and depending on whether or not there is a net connection at my desk in the media centre I might be able to drop a few more updates.

Cardiff SSAGO Ball 2006

A completely satisfying event! Started slow with the SSAGO Exec handover meeting where I received ‘the baton’ so to speak of presiding as the National Publicity Officer. I knew there would be a fair amount of meetings involved which most of the time I can sit through and entertain myself via sporadic humorous (well I like to think so) interruptions. Unfortunately on this particular occasion I had to put on my business cap on and listen as the rest of the new Exec seem to want to take things far too seriously.

The meeting ended after 5ish hours. I tell you I don’t look forward to having to do this again next year but at least the duration will be halved. 😉

After the meeting I started looking around for my date, yes I know I should have taken her but she was coming from Durham and secondly if had brought her she would been sitting around board for 5 hours instead of partaking the insidious activity known as shopping in Cardiff.

Dinner was enjoyable, albeit small I would’ve helped myself everything I wanted but being polite I didn’t want to seem greedy and deprive the other table occupants of what they wanted. Moley, the Durham mascot, did get a bit over-zealous with the vino but seeing as he is a mascot who spends most of his time out on drinking evenings I think I can let his alcoholism go.

The evening went on and there was some rather poor Disk Jockey action, why would you want the same song played 4 times in a night I will never know. Heck they didn’t even put any slow music on for some proper dancing, there wasn’t evening anything to ‘Jive’ to either.

Apart from some unexpected commotion surrounding BUGS’ Rae and Steve Ang, others personal emergencies and political climbing it was a enjoyable event and I look forward to the Ball next year. I can’t believe that I put off going to one for so long…