1st East Grinstead Scout Group
Centenary 1908 - 2008


Summer Camp this year will be held at Boulay Bay. Jersey, from August 6th till August 20th. Through the kindness of Col. Dease we have had lent us a very fine site immediately above Boulay Bay: there are about 30 acres of uncultivated land, covered with gorse and bracken, and it slopes down to the Bay below. The Bay is a very small one with a narrow entrance, at low tide the beach is sandy and there are rock pools and rocks all round.

Boulay Farm from which we get water and supplies is within a few yards of the campsite on the hilltop.

The Bay is one of the well-known beauty spots of 'Jersey'. II Within two miles is the village of Gorey; here is the castle of Mont Orgueil. This castle, which is one of the famous mediaeval castles in Europe, stands right on the sea the original Keep was built by William the Conqueror and it was continually added to all through the Middle Ages. It is open to visitors (Boy Scouts free), and is full of interesting sights, including the Cell in which Prynne was confined for four Years, after haying his ears removed for treason.

Another very interesting place, two miles from the Camp is a curious Neolithic Barrow or Mound, with two tiny Chapels on the summit. This Mound was opened in 1928 and found to contain the Tombs; of two prehistoric Kings (these tombs my not be seen the public, but Boy Scouts free.), who lived at a time when England and France were one country and the river, La Rance (flowed down where the English Channel now is and emptied itself into the Atlantic. At that timer the Channel Islands were islands in the estuary.

Another very interesting sight is St. Bredlaides Church. This is a very beautiful and impressive Church, pure Norman in architecture with granite walls twelve feet thick. In the Churchyard here there is also a beautiful little Fishermen's Chapel with frescoes inside. This Chapel dates back to the year 600

Scouts visiting. Jersey are warned that strict regulations are in force regard to bathing, owing to the fact that in various parts of the island there are dangerous currents running towards France (15 miles away). The rule is that all Scouts bathing must be supervised by the S M and that there must be a proper bathing piquet. The bathing in Boulay Bay appears very safe, but Scouts are warned of the above regulations must be strictly adhered to, and that swimmers must keep well away from the rocks and from the Horns of the Bay. It will make things very much easier if every boy will learn to swim before he goes to this camp and as any boy can easily learn in a week, there should be no difficulty in getting this done.