HMS Belfast – Kip on a Ship!

Posted on 15 December 2017

On the first weekend in October seven leaders took thirty three Cubs and four fabulous Explorers from 3rd & 9th Welwyn Garden City Scout Group to Kip on a Ship at HMS Belfast. We travelled by train and underground to the ship, before stowing kit on board and going on to Greenwich by Thames Clipper.

After walking up the hill to the Observatory, the Cubs looked round the exhibits and enjoyed the Greenwich Meridian before heading into the park for a games session organised by the Explorers. Heading back to the restaurants by the Cutty Sark for dinner provided us with lovely sunset views over the Thames, which some of the Cubs appreciated, others being more interested in the food! The Greenwich foot tunnel gave us the route to the DLR (driverless trains!), taking us back to Tower Gateway. We walked across the bridge and made it back to the ship in time to see the bridge raise for PS Dixie Queen. We just had time to watch a movie on the mess deck before lights out.

They slept fairly well, obviously worn out by running around in Greenwich, and breakfast on board was followed by a learning session about the history of the ship. The Cubs got to see some of the specialised equipment of a warship and got to try one of the original hammocks. We invested the new Cubs on the prow of the ship and presented the older ones with their Silver Awards. They split into groups to look round the ship for rest of the morning with some choosing to spend extra time on board as they were so interested, while others went on shore to do a photo challenge quiz along bankside. We met in the Scoop, next to City Hall for a picnic lunch before collecting kit from the ship and heading home.

Four roads to cross all weekend!!

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