BIG Spring Camp 2017
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Fancy doing something different over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend? Don't waste it trotting around the shops; escape from the town and get out into the countryside at OutdoorLads' BIG Spring Camp 2017!
This is an action packed long weekend suitable for all and designed to have a bit of everything to give you a chance to try something new or to just enjoy your favourite outdoor pursuits.
BIG Spring Camp is one of our most popular annual events and many members say it is THE event to attend. If you've heard of OutdoorLads and wondered what sort of stuff we get up to this is your ideal first event as there's such a wide range of daytime and evening activities available to try.
Where this camp differs from most of the smaller camps we organise is that we don't just plan the outdoor activities - we also bring everything together for you in one place. So not only will there be plenty of daytime outdoor activities but also evening entertainment, food and drink.
We have exclusive use of the site so it makes it much easier to get to know other members as you can be sure that everyone you meet is a member of OutdoorLads.
Still not sure this is the event for you? Read some of the reviews from our 2016 weekend by choosing the 'BIG SPRING CAMP 2016 REVIEWS' drop-down below!
Snowdon Day walk via Pyg and Miners' tracks (Challenging)
The Carneddau Range (Most of them) from Ogwen (Challenging)
Blaenau Ffestiniog and Moelwyn Mawr (Moderate)
Back to the Old Big Spring Camp and Back (Moderate)
Spring Camp Circular inc Llanrwst and Grey Mares Tail (Easy)
To Betws-y-Coed and Back (Moderate)
Llandudno Junction Parkrun
South Snowdonia Road Cycling Day
Day Visit to Great Orme Mine & Conwy Castle
Day Trip To The Beach (Regular Beach)
Beginners Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking for beginners (Moderate)
Mountain Biking - Penmachno
Snowdon Day Walk (Challenging)
The Edge of the Carneddau (Challenging)
A Dam Fine Day Walk – Llyn Cowlyd and Dolgarrog (Easy)
Around the Orme (Moderate)
Nant Uchaf Viewpoint and Llyn Geirionydd (Easy)
Tough Mountain Biking Experience
Day Trip to the Beach (Naturist Beach)
What to bring
If you haven’t been camping since you were in the Scouts here is what you need. If it’s your first trip you are likely to want to get away with the bare minimum.
- Tents start off relatively cheap but as they say you get what you pay for. These tend to start from £10 upwards (‘festival tents’) that are light and do the job – but only just. You may find that they leak, break or blow away.
- A thin foam ‘carry mat’ is good to sleep on (under £10) and you can use your clothes to make a pillow. Or if you have the room places like Tesco often sell air beds that cost as little as a fiver.
- Don’t forget you will need something to sleep in. You can buy a sleeping bag from as little as a tenner. This will tend to be thin but will do the job at most summer camps. At camps later in the year you will want something warmer though.
- Some places such as Argos/ASDA sell camping sets where you can buy a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and a lamp for approx. £50-£60.
- If you have friends that camp you may find it beneficial to talk to them first and they may even lend you some kit.
- You can easily beg a cup of tea from more seasoned campers – but it helps if you have a cup, and don’t forget a plastic glass if you like your wine! If you are coming by car, a folding chair (£10) is great. As you may be sitting outside late into the evening. Some proper warm clothing always comes in handy – even in the summer. Don’t forget a torch, or you may never make it back to your tent. Finally, ear plugs are always a great idea.
Once you have been once or twice you will know what kit you need to be able to cook a full English breakfast and host a party for 8 in your tent. Until then the above basics will see you right.
The above information will help you with the camp its self, depending on the activities you choose to do you may need to bring further kit. However its worth noting that any of the activities where special kit is need it will be provided, in most cases all you will need is walking boots, clothes, and a small back-pack (bring a few changes of clothes and footwear).