There were rats, rats, rats the size of cats......
Oh what joy, a full weekend of tidying up the HQ and sorting out all the camping gear. 2 Full days of hard slog. I still can't believe exactly how much shite we seemed to have accumulated. We filled an 8 yard skip. Filled it, completely. And we can probably fill a second one with the amount of crap that's still there. It also meant the joy of discovering evidence of rats, mice and squirrels in the attic. If you have never encountered rat shit then frankly keep it that way, it looks and smells disgusting. We also identified, via the bright green colour of their droppings, that mice can't digest the dye used in patrol tents.
So what did we discover?
1. We can put together 12 complete patrol tents (ish!), enough to get all the cubs and scouts under canvas at once and still have plenty of light weight tents to spare! I consider us very lucky.
2. We have a hell of a lot more canvases for dining shelters than we have complete sets of poles for. I consider us not so lucky.
3. There was a leg from a shop dumby in the attic. Why?
4. One catering size jar of pickle. 8 years out of date. Nice.
5. Some old patrol pennants dating back to the 1950's.
6. Some old sailing gear at least 30 years old from when we used to be a sea scout group.
7. Some original 1950's Primus stoves. Worth a fortune!
A hard work but fascinating weekend!