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Summer Camp 2007

The Unit is organising it's Summer Camp to the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales from Saturday 21st - Friday 27th July 2007. The cost will be £180 to cover transport, activities, food and accommodation. We will be meeting at the HQ at 1000hrs and will return at approximately 1800hrs.

The activities will include, climbing, abseiling, bouldering, walking (low and high level), kayaking, horse riding and white water rafting. All activities will be provided by qualified instructors - provided by activity centres and our own nationally qualified instructors.

Explorers who wish to take part in this activity week will be required to have good walking boots and waterproofs.

The accommodation will be at Snowdonia Scout Climbers and Walking Hostel at Yr Hafod, Ogwen, Bethesda, Gwynedd and is situated in the valley between the Glyder mountain range and the Carneddau Mountain range.

If you would like to take part in this year’s summer camp we will require a non-refundable deposit of £30 before Wednesday 17th January. The full balance will be due by Wednesday 30th May 2007.

If you would like to attend download the letter, fill in the return slip and return it with your non-refundable deposit.

Yr Hafod

Situated at the head of the beautiful and geologically famous Nant Ffrancon Valley, and nestled between the Carneddau and Glyder mountain ranges, Yr Hafod has the reputation of being the ‘Jewell in the Crown’ of all scout hostels. From the car park there are grand views of Tryfan and the magnificent ‘Ogwen Falls’.

Hafod is constantly being maintained, with the latest addition being automatic central heating and a totally refurbished Common Room. Accommodation consists of 40 beds. There are 3 dormitories of 12 beds and 1 dormitory of 4 beds. Two multiple toilet and shower rooms enable easy use by mixed groups. Catering facilities consists of a large kitchen and a dining room that seats 40 people. Cooking is by a 6 burner commercial gas range with large oven. Cooking pans and utensils are provided together with crockery and cutlery.

Wet kit can be dried in the efficient drying room, whilst boots are kept in racks in the entrance porch where there is also ample space for dripping waterproofs. There is also the recently refurbished pine clad lounge, ideal for lectures or socialising. The centre has a payphone.

The hostel is superbly located in the Ogwen Valley at the base of the Glyder and Carneddau mountain ranges, probably the best placed hostel in North Wales!

White Water Rafting

Canolfan Tryweryn is the National White Water Centre, based near Bala, North Wales. They are the largest and most well-respected rafting organisation in the UK. The Tryweryn is a dam released river so water is often flowing when other British rivers are dry, thus producing a unique year round white water venue.

Group sessions are for a maximum of 7 participants per raft. Everyone must be 12 years old or over, and must be able to swim at least 25m before they can brave the rapids in the 14 foot, inflatable raft.

In the two hours you will get as many runs down the river as time allows; this is usually four runs. Before the session commences you will be kitted out in our safety equipment and compulsory wetsuits (these can be hired from reception on the day; or paid for when you book; or, if you have your own and it is long legged and suitable for the activity you can bring it along). Following this you will attend a full safety briefing with one of our qualified guides, who will instruct your group on both safety and rafting techniques.

You will then be bussed up to the start point where you will begin your first run down the course. After each run we will chauffer you up to the top of the river to start another descent. Each trip down will offer new and exciting challenges as you become more confident paddlers and your guide becomes more determined to get you wet! Remember to smile for the camera on the way down!!

Each run down the river lasts approximately 20 minutes, and the rafting course is around 2km in length. It is a steep, rocky course and the river is classed as a grade 3/4. (This is a worldwide accepted rating that grades the technical difficulty of rapids on a river. Grade 1 is gentle flowing water, and grade 6 is considered commercially un-runnable).

Horse Riding

The riding centre at Ty Coch offers a wonderful location for horse riding, pony trekking or extended day trail rides. They are situated 4 miles from Betws y Coed and surrounded by National Trust and Forestry Commission land. It provides breathtaking scenery in which to enjoy the excellent views across the Snowdonia Mountains.

Individuals or groups are catered for by a team of experienced staff conducting rides on a variety of over 30 horses that range in size and ability from novice treks to experienced rides.

The Wales Trekking and Riding Association accredit the centre and which means the staff have to undergo continuous development especially on safety issues including first aid and riding qualifications. Radio contact is maintained with the centre during treks.

Rock Climbing

Tryfan Fach (Little Tryfan) consists of mainly easy slab routes and is a great beginner's area.


In Llanberis, Llyn Padarn is a popular lake for watersports in Snowdonia. Access to the water is easy, with sheltered bays which are a good location for instructing if other locations are too windy.

Hill Walking

One of the finest rock scrambles in Snowdonia is the north ridge of Tryfan (Sharp Mountain). Although great fun, it is a prolonged scramble so make allowances. The path starts from the A5, heading upwards and around to the left hand side of the impressive cliffs of the Milestone Buttress. From here many routes ascend, but you will find the best views from the crest. A certain amount of athleticism is needed to tackle this route head-on, so it is wise to be prepared for such terrain with good boots. After scrambling along the ridge you will eventually reach the northern summit, leaving only a little height still to be gained. By continuing along the ridge you reach the main summit, marked by two large rock pillars called Adam & Eve. It is traditional to jump from one to the other - a real test of nerves! The path continues on over the southern summit, then drops down into Bwlch Tryfan (Sharp Mountain Pass). From here it is possible to descend to the right, joining the northern section of the old Miners' Track, leading to Idwal Cottage. Alternatively, you can continue across Bwlch Tryfan to ascend Glyder Fach, alongside the old dry-stone wall.