- Paperback: 299 pages
- Publisher: Searchline Publishing; 1st edition (1 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1897864329
- ISBN-13: 978-1897864326
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sleeping Bags and Tortures: The Private Diaries of an Adventurous Scout and His Scout Leader Paperback – 1 Jul 2016
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"John Hemming-Clark is the funniest author since Sue Townsend and The Diary of Adrian Mole!" Edward Brierley, Facebook review. Alex lives in Chislehurst, Kent where he's, so far, been cosseted from the harsh realities of life. He has just moved up to the Scout Section from Cubs and is so excited! He has decided to keep a diary of his new adventures. His Scout leader, John (Skip) also lives in Chislehurst. He has kept a diary for many years. However, more recently his diary has focussed on his Scouting. Not so much the adventures, but the trials and tribulations of being a Scout leader as he recounts the same situations as Alex but through a leader's eyes and not a Scout's, alongside his - sometimes strained - relationships and dealings with Scout parents. Sleeping Bags and Tortures is three stories in one book: the diary of a Scout, the diary of a Scout leader, and interwoven together the hilarious story of one year in the life of 3rd Chislehurst Scouts. From Alex's start in the Scout Section, he and John take us on a journey through troop meetings and outdoor activities with much of the summer holiday devoted to a daily diary kept during a trip to the Aosta Valley in Italy on a crazy camp which shows the Scouting spirit at its best. This is John Hemming-Clark's second story book, a follow up to his immensely successful "In You Go! A Year or Two in the Life of a Scout Leader."
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I'd highly recommend 'Sleeping Bags...' to anyone whether or not they were in the Scouts but if you work with children (and their parents!) regardless of if it is in the voluntary, public or private sector then this is absolutely a must read!
It has summed up most of my camps, every Scout Group throughout the world has at least one Alex.
It's nice to read a book that is honest about the goings-on in a Scout troop. It goes to prove that Scouting is fun for both young people & Adults.
Can't wait for the next book.