As the end of Club Year 17 approaches and Club Year 18 starts on the 1st June 2016 have been reflecting on some of the past events. We had several ` Bear Camps` during the last 18 years and I thought you would enjoy one of the letters that the Binker`s sent home to their owners. Here it is below it gives you an idea of what they did while they were here.
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6th October 2005
Sorry I haven’t written sooner but Deb has been waiting for all the Binker`s to arrive. We are almost all here now so, since it is raining this morning, we are all sitting down to write letters home. Deb is helping with the spelling.
Everyone is very friendly here.
Over the weekend we all settled in. Deb said we were probably all a bit tired from our journey and all the excitement of coming on such a long trip. None of us got lost and one little bear came all the way from Australia. His Mum told him `not to get so excited that he missed his stop`. He talks with a different accent to the rest of us, but he`s cool and has great jokes. He will keep calling everyone `Tucker`.
I am in a dorm with six other Binkers. A couple of them snore really loudly and Deb says that we would not find it a problem `if` we didn’t chat till all hours. The secret is to be the first one asleep. She says, she learnt that at boarding school.
We had to learn a few drills for safety reasons. We have a `beach drill` for when we go swimming, a `boat drill` for when we go boating and a `fire drill` for when we go firing!!
Lynne, Angela and Deb are very nice. They aren`t really strict at all but they do seem to suffer from stress when it comes to worrying about us `Binkers`. Lynne said we were giving her a headache the other day. It has rained a bit this week and when that happens we go into the office to `help` them. Angela has been packing up the new bears for the autumn and we have had a look and met them all. The `Halloween` collection is `cool` and we have all had a go at riding `Santa in Florida`s flamingo`. We have also been pulling each other round on `Plum`s` sleigh but we got told off for that because we were going so fast and turning such tight circles that `Binkers` were flying off in all directions. Deb said it was becoming a real challenge to get all us Binkers home without injury.
We have gone to Venice Beach a couple of days. It is a nice time to visit since it isn’t really busy yet and we had plenty of room to run and play. Deb had lots of beach games and we played beach `cricket`, which is a variation of an English game. The ball was a little bit too hard for most the Binker`s so we got Deb`s dogs to retrieve the balls after we had hit it. `Sweepy` is very good at bringing the ball back for the bowler to throw again BUT `Daisy` and `Chopper` kept running off with it. So in the end we abandoned the game of cricket for `Chase the Dog`. The dogs won.
Last night we were going to have a big Camp Fire but it got rained out so we are hoping to have it tonight. The entertainment is being provided by all the `Halloween `Bears. `Spells` says she is going to make sure that she `frightens the living daylights out of us!`. Deb says, it’s a silly expression and she always wondered what the `living daylights` were when she was young. Anyway, Charlie and Sam (Deb`s sons) said they have some great ghost stories and Richard, Deb`s husband is bound to find some way to get involved. I think Deb was just planning on us singing some camp fire songs.
The weather has been quite wet this week. So for the last couple of days we have indoor activities. This morning Deb made sure we all had a rain cape and insisted that we were all going out for a `Treasure Hunt` since she couldn’t stand any more squabbles in the house and we all needed some exercise. We have been playing, `Snakes and Ladders`, cards and Bingo. We have also been polishing up our individual poetry readings ready for a special show next week. Some of the Binker`s are planning on singing as well and one Binker is doing a piano recital except his stool has broken but Deb says she can find him another one.
We did discuss doing a play but Deb says that last camp she had so much trouble trying to organize a Camp play. Being as there is a shortage of girls at camp we have to call on all the girls in Deb`s line. Apparently, the Dappled Dragons get hugely out of control being such Prima Donna`s, so much so that Deb cancelled the last event to avoid hurt feelings, not to mention a fight.
Anyway, the sun has come out so we are all going out on a boat. Charlie has a large tire and he can tow it behind the boat at great speed with us clinging on. Have to hurry before Deb finds out.
Much love Binker