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This blog is written by one of our Explorer Scouts, Wenonah, who is also a Young Leader in the Beaver colony and Hawk Cub pack.

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November 2014

Posted by Michael Watts on December 14, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The first week in November was spent by the beavers doing some arts and crafts. The beavers made poppies that they then displayed on Sunday as part of their act of remembrance. Some of the beavers even wanted to wear them to Church Parade! The beavers then took part in the remembrance parade. This month the beavers have been looking at the Disability badge. They competed different activities including trying to walk with crutches, trying on knee braces and a bingo for different disabilities. These were then explained in brief detail to the beavers. The next week the beavers tried writing their name blind, by using sticky letters and trying to place them in the right order. A few new beavers were invested on this night also. The last week in November was spent by the beavers making clay decorations that can be hung on Christmas trees. They modelled them however they wanted and could make as many or as few as they liked.

 

The cubs have been very busy with month. They started the month off on a firework camp at Buckmore park where they did lots of badge work and watched a firework display put on by the different groups camping there collectively. The week after the cubs ad a bonfire to celebrate bonfire night where they sang songs, toasted marshmallows and one of the cubs Sarah and a very special night. The cubs distract leader came down and presented Sarah with her Chief Scouts Silver award which is the highest that a cub can earn. The cubs along with the beavers, scouts and explorers took part in the remembrance parade. The cubs have also used one of the evening to plan together what they would like to do next year on including trips and actives. The cubs contributed some good ideas and some very ambitious ones also! The cubs had a very special visitor this month who bought down some bugs and animals for the cubs to do bush tucker trials. They got to hold reptiles such as lizards, a bearded dragon and a bull frog! They also got to eat insects which were enjoyed by some more than others! The last week in November was spent by the cubs practising Christmas carols to sing to the parents as part of their entertainers badge a couple of week later.

 

The scouts and explorers have been very busy this month. They also took part in the camp at Buckmore park and got to watch the firework display. The scouts camped in their patrols and cooked independently from the leaders to improve their skills and work as a team. The scouts all really enjoyed this and want to do another camp like it. The next week the scouts and explorers attended a firework display put on by the 25th scout group. There was a large display with some very impressive fireworks! The scouts and explorers had a 'Ton of fun' activity challenge night to get as many challenged done as possible. This went very well and 7 or 8 different activities took place in one night! The scouts finished the month by taking part in the district troop night along with other scout groups from the district. This was very successful for the scouts and even though they didn't win, they learnt a lot of new skills and bonded well together as Patrols!

 

This month has been very busy for everyone and I hope the next is just as fun!

October 2014

Posted by Michael Watts on October 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Everyone in the 50th has been very busy this October.


The beavers have been looking at doing their air activity and their communicator’s badge. They started off October by making paper planed and having a competition to see who could make the best plane. They have looked at Morse code and have practised writing messages with it, along with writing letters to other beavers in other countries, to form a pen pal relationship. The beavers have also learnt semaphore using flags. They really enjoyed this and took very a lot of interest in being able to spell their names in semaphore and Morse code. The beavers have used mobile phones to send text messages, ipads to send emails and remembering their home phone numbers. It was surprising how many beavers knew how to send text messages and emails! The new beaver leader Elmo taught the beavers some sign language which the beavers took an active part in to learn the alphabet and be able to complete their communication badge. As part of the last week of October being Halloween, the beavers are carving pumpkins and having a Halloween themed evening.


The cubs have also been very busy looking at camp safety and preparing for the camp they are going on at the end of October. The cubs have learnt about how to be safe on a campsite and the rules associated with it. They played a game to learn the dos and don’ts on camp. The cubs have learnt about camp hygiene and the parts of the tent and have been taught this through the experience of the leaders and some of the cubs. A few of the cubs had interesting stories to tell from camps! The cubs have welcomed a few new faces this month who have been invested and are now taking active roles in cubs.


The scouts and explorers have also been busy learning new skills that they can use on camps. They have learnt to pitch tents, what each type of tents is used for, and how to put them back away. The scouts have done first aid and have been taught how to carry out resuscitation using resusci Anne. They have taken part in team buildings activities to get to know the hundreds of new scouts that have joined us. The new scouts have learnt how to light fires and the safety needed around a fire. They have been put in new patrols and Luke was promoted to being a patrol leader. The scouts took part in a district conker bash where a scout Sam got in to the top ten winners. The scouts will be taking part in a camp at the beginning where they will be camping in their patrols and being independent to learn new skills and put the ones they have learnt into practise.


The explorers have been involved in teaching and helping the scouts this month. A couple of the explorers have also been planning a hike which will be undertaken in December by not only them but other explorers from the district.

 

December 2013

Posted by Michael Watts on January 1, 2014 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

In December the beavers started with having a games night where they all had fun and enjoyed playing some new and different games that they had not played before. They have also been preparing for Christmas with making different decorations. The beavers started by making snowflakes out of the bottom of bottles and decorating them with glitter and lots and lots of stickers. The beavers also made the little ornaments which they could choose the design and then paint them however they wanted. The beavers enjoyed doing these as it put them in the Christmas mood and they were all busy discussing what they were going to be doing for Christmas and what they had asked for. The beavers had a slightly different Christmas party this year as the leaders bought down wiis and play stations and they could play on them for the evening. The beavers could also have food and drinks and Christmas music to listen to. As there was no cub meeting that evening, the beavers had an extended meeting so they could play even more games. A highlight for the beavers was definitely watching the leaders fail at playing just dance!


This month the cubs have had a very busy month with lots of different outings. The cubs started the month at the hut learning about different countries and the cuisines and differences to our country. They had an Italian night where they played a traditional Italian games, learnt the language, tried some food and more! The cubs enjoyed this as it was different to what we normally do and they could see how everything differed in Italian! The cubs then attended the District Carol concert where they joined all the other cubs from the Medway Towns and sang songs, and heard the Christmas story. The cubs had a slightly different Christmas Party as they went to see Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs pantomime in Chatham. It was really good and funny and all the cubs and leaders all really enjoyed it. The cubs even got sweets and Ice cream!


In this month the scouts and explorers started by going Ice Skating in Gillingham. We all had lots of fun skating round together, some better than others, and Darren and Dave showing off their great skating abilities! The scouts and explorers then went back to the hut the next week where they made sweets. They rolled a ball of cake and then out a small piece of marzipan round it, then icing and then finally dipped them in chocolate! As you can imagine this was a messy night with food and chocolate everywhere and lots of teenagers who were very hyper! They also had to draw something in the hall but from a weird angle. Personally, not being a very good drawer, I chose to draw the top of the radiator. Bad idea on my part! The scouts and explorers then finished off the month with a Christmas Party where they played games, ate food and watched a film. They enjoyed this evening as it was relaxing and they got to eat and watch the TV!


Due to school work and my DoE I will not be back until March. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,


Wenonah

 

November 2013

Posted by Michael Watts on January 1, 2014 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

In November the beavers have been looking at the Solar system and all the stars and planets in the sky. They started off the month playing games and getting back in to the swing of things after the holidays. The beavers have also been doing small science experiments to see different colours and reactions when two materials are put together. One of the experiments that they did was putting a piece of celery in a small amount of water with red food colouring in. They could then watch the red as it slowly travelled up the piece of celery. Some of the beavers got very confused because it was going the wrong way! The beavers have also had a few beavers join this month who have been invested and are joining in with all the exciting activities the beavers are doing.


In this month the cubs have been very busy. The cubs started off the month by going to the District Firework camp along with the scouts and explorers. The cubs did lots of team building activities such as blindfold rope courses, bivi building and tree identification. In the evening the cubs then went and watched the fireworks and the fire show. When the cubs got back from this, they finished the Physical recreation badge. The cubs have also been learning about how to stay safe for their Personal safety badge. They have learnt about stranger danger, how to stay safe when on the internet, the green cross code and what it means to follow it. The cubs have also been taught about the fire alarm and what they should do. The cubs had a practise of this and we all had to go outside in the rain!


The scouts and explorers kicked off the month by going to Buckmore Park to take part in the district firework camp. They slept over two nights and took part in the activities with the cubs. They really enjoyed this as it was very laid back and relaxing and they could have lots of fun. They then watched the fireworks in the evening which were very enjoyable to watch. At the beginning of the month the scouts and explorers started the ton of fun badge, where they have to complete 110 listed activities in a year. They started this off by taking part in quartermasters work in the stores where we all emptied the store so it could be sorted out. They scouts have also attended district troop night where they could complete more activities from the ton of fun badge. At the moment the scouts are definitely ahead of the explorers! At the end of the month the scouts and explorers went to Buckmore Park and took part in a campfire that they helped to make. They then cooked sausages on the fire and sang a few campfire songs to complete another one of the challenges.


This month all of the sections attended Remembrance Day parade at the local church where they carried the flag and showed their respects to the fallen soldiers. The explorers got to carry their new flag for the first time as a whole group.


See you again soon,


Wenonah

 

October 2013

Posted by Michael Watts on November 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

In October, the Beavers kicked off the month by learning about recycling. The Beavers have also taken part in a nature walk in which they had to find an object in nature for every letter of the alphabet. They also had to find different objects on the walk that they could pick up and take home to make a collage with. The Beavers enjoyed doing this walk because they got to be out in the open whilst finding different things that they could pick up and take home as evidence that they have been on the walk. The Beavers have carved pumpkins too for Halloween. They got to pick what design they wanted on the pumpkin and then they got the gruesome task of taking all the insides of the pumpkin out and getting all messy. However some of the Beavers didn’t like getting their hands dirty! The Beavers also had the chance to go and pick the pumpkins that they wanted to carve with Sally from the fields, however no Beavers turned up so Sally and Kay got to pick all the pumpkins by themselves!


In Cubs this month they finished off the communications badge and they got to play games related to this, so see how strong verbal communication is over lots of noise. Some of the messaged were passed over better by the louder Cubs! The cubs have also been rock climbing this month which was a great success as many of the cubs got to the top of the wall every time they climbed. The cubs have also taken part in a cookery competition against the Brownies on a RSPB fun day. The cubs made a cracking effort at this, but Michael did manage to win against the Brownie leader! This month the Cubs have welcomed some new members in to both the Hawk and Falcon packs, and we hope that they will stay with us all through their Cub days.


The Scouts have been working towards their creative challenge badge with the help of the Explorers. They have had to make a bag that they can put their bowls and plates in on camp. This will be very useful for the scouts that keep losing all their cutlery and crockery! The Scouts have had the chance to learn finger knitting which, once they got their heads round, they were very good at doing! The Scouts have taken part in the conker bash this year on the 18th October. Unfortunately none of our scouts passed round two of the competition, but they have fun doing what they did and the activities they got to take part in once they were out of the competition, such as a cooking sausages around a fire. In behalf of the Scouts and Explorers, we would like to wish Aysha and Stephen good luck on the selection camp that they are taking part in for the World Jamboree in July 2015 in Japan.


Wenonah

 

September 2013

Posted by Michael Watts on November 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

In September we set off with games for Beavers so that the new beavers could join in and feel welcome and get to know the other beavers so that they had friends. We had a few new Beavers join but unfortunately we had a few Beavers moving up to Cubs. The Beavers have also looked at their healthy eating badge and looked at what foods are healthy and what foods aren’t. The Beavers have also made pizzas where they not only got to choose which toppings they wanted, but also roll out the dough to the shape and size that they wanted it. Completely home made with only a little bit of mess! The Beavers this month got the chance to make peppermint creams and make then to the shapes and colours that they wanted. Some of the Beavers wanted blue and pink ones but others wanted the more extravagant colour orange which certainly stood out from the rest of the colours.


In this month the cubs have been very busy. They have been tobogganing which was a first for some of the Cubs. They all had good fun racing each other down the course and for some of them, trying not hot get caught up by the leaders! The tobogganing goes towards their physical activity badge that they are completing over the course of a few months taking part in various activities such as the five aside football. The Cubs have also been working on their communication badge which involved using different communication devices and finding out how to use them and then actually having a go at using the devices for themselves. The Cubs have also completed the ICT level 1 badge by identifying devices used in computing and how you work each piece of equipment.


In Scouts and Explorers this month, they have been working towards their circus skills badge. They had the chance to use diablos, poi, slack line and practise other circus skills that they then had to perform to the Explorers. If the explorers thought that they had improved in this skill then the scouts got their circus skills badge. They were all lucky enough to get their badge. The scouts have also seen a few new members get invested in September who is still regulars to the scout meetings. James, Allister and I were lucky enough to receive our platinum awards, and for James also the diamond award, for achieving the Duke of Edinburgh awards for bronze and silver and also completing the international partnership award by taking part in an international camp.


See you in October Wenonah

 

Kent International Jamboree 2013 Camp Dairy

Posted by Michael Watts on August 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

On Saturday we arrived at The Kent County Showground and told where we had to go to get to the Evolve Subcamp. We spent ages going the whole way round the one-way system to find our tiny campsite! Once we got there we unloaded all the stuff from the two vans and then we started pitching camp. There were only about 5 of us at this time and the people from the camp sites around us were just watching us pitch camp! Then everyone else arrived and we got set up in the tents. After this some people went for a walk around KIJ whilst others got sorted. Then the other people went to have a look around. In the evening, we all gathered together as Evolve by the Evolve stage and we were introduced to the sub camp leaders. We waited there for ages, waiting to be told we are going to the opening ceremony, but it was unfortunately cancelled because of the thunder and lightning. We all then went back to our campsites and had hot chocolate and played card games together. The best thing about Saturday was getting there and seeing all the different people and nationalities there were there. However the bad thing was that the opening ceremony got called off, which we were all looking forward to going to.


On Sunday we got up and had our breakfast and sorted everything out for the morning. We had a meeting in the morning about what we were doing in the day. After breakfast we had a little free time to do what we wanted, we could go to the shops, look around or play with the equipment we had bought with us. We then went to the field with the rest of Evolve 1 to take part in a team building carousel activity morning. We chose our pairs within our group and then put with other pairs with people we didn’t know. We made some new friends in these groups and found out about other scout groups. In our group we only had one foreign pair who were German, we talked to them about their scout troop and how it differs to ours. We did different team building activities like mastermind and swapping places on a ledge. These challenges brought us together as a group and before long we were joking around together, like we had known each other for ages. I really enjoyed doing these activities because it meant we had time to make new friends. We then went back for lunch and had some more free time. In the afternoon we started off at the dance workshop where we learnt the ‘KIJ Shuffle’ ready to perform it at the closing ceremonies. We then went as a group to the faith zone where we learnt about qualities of a person and what we thought the most important qualities. We then listened to a young boy perform a song and then a band from a church performed two songs. After this we went to the science zone and took part in different activities and learnt different aspects of science. We got to build catapults and then have a competition to see whose could fire the furthest. In the evening we all gathered again by the Evolve stage and went down to the opening ceremony with the rest of the sub camps in a procession. We then took part in the opening ceremony with everyone who was at KIJ. We then had a rave at the ceremony in the evening and then went back to the camp for hot chocolate. The best thing about this day was the opening ceremony as the atmosphere was amazing and we could sing and dance to our hearts content. We all had an amazing day.


On Monday the day was more structured as we went to the circus in the morning where we watched a circus school performing and then we got to try out different activities. The first act was a man who needed volunteers, so of course we volunteered Darren so we could have a laugh. Darren took part in the act along with three other men, one of which turned out to be the scout leader of the group we soon made friends with.




After we had finished watching the circus we got to stay and take part in a workshop, lead by the circus team, in which we could learn circus skills and have a go with the equipment. We could choose what we wanted to do. Personally I learnt new hula hooping moves, how to walk on stilts, another KIJ member taught me to juggle, and I had a go at plate spinning. Some of the people in our group took to skills better than others. For example, Josh and Ally got the hang of ring throwing easily and watching James try to hula hoop was very funny! We then had a picnic lunch and then proceeded to go to the water activities in the afternoon. As we were a small group, neither of our leaders were chosen to go on the coach with us, so us 11 set off on our own with the rest of Evolve 1 on the coach to Sheerness to take part in the water activities. Some of us did dragon boating, some did kayaking and others built rafts. I joined a group with two boys and a girl I did not know so I could make more friends and we built a raft together. However, my group being quite like me, we did not have very much common sense on how to build a raft, so it took quite a few tries to get the raft to stay together before we could put it on the water. However, we had loads of fun sailing around on our raft and competing against other groups to see who could win the water pistol. In the end, Ryan from our group managed to win himself the prize! We then went back to the campsite and had dinner and got ready for the different evening activities that we were going to take part in. The explorers started off by going to the ‘Bond bin-liner Casino party’ for the 14-17 year olds, and then came back to camp to find people had made new friends and very soon made these friends too! The scouts had lots of different activities they could do like going to the cinema, going to Bear’s drop in for the 10-14 year olds, the main stage, bumper cars but most of the scouts stayed with around the campsite and bonded with the camps around us by hanging out with them and then inviting them all for hot chocolate and tea cakes. This soon became a regular occurrence!


On Tuesday Evolve had an activity day in which we could go to the different zones we wanted and basically spend out day how we wanted. On this day a group of us went with the new friends we had made to the fun do zone where we could use all the inflatable equipment like basketball, the eliminator and a big bouncy slide. Whilst some people went to this, others went to the bumper cars, the launch zone, archery, shooting, laser tag and other activities that were going on all day. In the afternoon we had more activity time, so people went to the activities they hadn’t already done and could take part in them. Some of our troop stayed around the campsite and took part in water fights and self made activities whilst others went to the organised activities such as climbing. In the evening, we had lots of different activities and events that we could take part in. We could either go to the explorer party if you were an explorer, the scout party if you are a scout, or you could go and watch Evolve’s got talent, or any other sub camps evening. If you didn’t want to do this you could go to the main stage or entertain yourself. Some people in our group went to the cinema whilst others stayed around the camp with the new friends that we had made. This day was good because we could choose what we wanted to do and could be independent of our leaders so we could go wherever we wanted and try whatever we could without all having to stick together. It also meant that we had the opportunity to make new friends and be able to stay with them, rather than all stick together as a clump.


On Wednesday we had a very early start to get on the coach to go to London. We had breakfast on the move as we set off with other groups from Evolve. When we got to London, we explorers went our way on our own and the scouts went with the leaders to a different place. The explorers went to the Imperial War Museum, Nandos and Covent Garden. We all had a wonderful time and it was great to be able to go to the toilet in nice, clean, warm toilets in Nandos! The scouts also had a great day in London. They went to the British Museum, Soho, Buckingham Palace, Oxford Street, The Houses of Parliament and the South Bank. Both groups saw Street Performers doing magic and tricks, some of the tricks better than others! After this long day we got back on the coach to go back to the Show Ground and we had dinner. After dinner we could do what we wanted, go to the cinema, the main arena, the 10-14 club, the 14-17 party, the Evolve’s got talent again or just hang out around the campsite. Overall I think everyone had a good day as we went to London and could see things that some people had never seen before. Personally, I had never been to the Imperial War Museum before so it was nice to be able to go with my friends and look around, even if some of the things we saw were quite tear-jerking. The highlight of my day was being able to spend the evening with some old friends that we knew and being able to have fun with them and go around the campsite.


On Thursday we had another activity day where we could go and do the activities that we hadn’t done already. A small group of us went to do the climbing activities where we saw Megan. Some of us were better than others at this but everyone who went gave the walls a try and we had fun doing it. Some of the explorers went to queue up to do the launch zone activities specifically for explorers like micro lighting, but unfortunately the queue was too long and none of the explorers got a go to do any of them. We all then met back at the campsite for lunch and we all excitedly discussed what we had done already and what we were going to do in the afternoon. In the afternoon some of the group went to the do zone again, whilst some went shooting, to do short range archery, and some to do long range archery. Personally I went to do long range archery which, even with having done archery already, I still managed to do awfully! We then could decide what else we wanted to do and we did other activities with some of our new friends, some people even ended up having a water fight! In the evening we went to the campfire, which included singing campfire songs, a lot of standing up and down and then a fire show at the end. The fire show was good because it had fire poi, a flaming whip and a lot of fire!!!


On Friday it was festival day. We were all looking forward to spending time with the rest of Evolve and taking part in the activities. We were supposed to be going to the communal breakfast, but we forgot! Oops... After breakfast we went up to the Evolve stage and took part in the activities and ran our own one of making woggles and friendship bracelets. It was surprising how quiet making a woggle can keep the loudest scouts! After the activities finished we had a picnic lunch on the field and then went back to get changed for the beach party. Some people then went up to the beach party whilst other people stayed on our camp area and had a water fight with the scout groups around us. I went up to the party with some of our friends and had fun there. In the evening we went to the closing ceremony which had the serious bit in the beginning and then we had a live band called ‘The Talent’ playing who were awesome!! We all partied in to the night until the end. They sang well known songs and the 6,000 people in the stadium watching them were all singing too. The atmosphere was amazing. It was my first music concert and it will definitely be hard to top! We then went back to the camp for our last hot chocolate and biscuit evening when loads of people came in and we all had a good chatting session.


Everyone woke up Saturday morning feeling a bit glum because it was the last day, but we had breakfast and then worked as a team to take down all the tents, except the mess tent. We managed to get through the whole morning without Darren or Dave stressing out. That is a massive achievement for us scouts and explorers! We then went to the final closing ceremony where we did the KIJ shuffle, very funny, and then saw the guest appearance of Bear Grylls and David Walliams. It was amazing to be able to see them because they have a bit part in scouting. They were going to all the Jamborees all over the Country on that day and we got to see them arrive by helicopter, half expecting them to jump out! But they didn’t. :( After this it was the end and we had lunch, finished packing down and then had to say goodbye to all our new friends. This was really sad but we all swapped contact details and we all promised to stay in touch with each other. Overall it was one of the best camps ever for me and I really miss everyone and being able to be with some of my best friends. I would love to go again and I can’t wait until we can go to the next Jamboree!


Wenonah.

 

April 2013

Posted by Michael Watts on May 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

In the month of April, the beavers have been doing a variety of different activities. They started April off after the half term with some games and outside activities as the sun was finally out! The beavers have also learnt about resuscitation and how to give it if you are a child. They were also taught how an adult would give resuscitation so that they could notice someone who was giving it or for when they are older. The beavers have also learnt about how to bandage a body part and how to do it properly. The beavers learnt about how to put a sling on someone else. Most of the beavers were better than the young leaders! In this last week, the beavers learnt how to make cakes in a cup which they then enjoyed eating when they got home. The beavers could choose whether to make chocolate cakes or plan cakes. The beavers have welcomed some new children in to the group and are waiting for these new beavers to be invested in to the 50th.

In April, the cubs have started a few different badges and have worked together to achieve these. The two cub packs joined together to go swimming and everyone achieved their stage 1 swimming badge. Some of the cubs also got the opportunity to go for their stage 2 swimming badge and then some of the cubs achieved this. The cubs have also been working on their reading badge and have looked at different kinds of information books like dictionaries, encyclopaedias and atlas’. The cubs have had to look at books they have recently read and enjoyed and for part of their badge; they have to write a short bit about what the books were about. Some individual cubs have been working on badges outside of the meetings and have achieved these. One cub worked towards their martial arts and another towards a horse riding badge.

The scouts and explorers have been doing a variety of different activities, starting with some games split in to scouts and explorers. The scouts and explorers have been testing their woggle making skills by making their own woggles. The new scouts and explorers have made woggles that they can wear when they are invested. The scouts and explorers have also worked on their team work skills by playing games of rounders as teams and having to work together, but also being tied together and having to work together to get out without breaking the string or taking your hands out of the loops. Some people were definitely better than others and had or patience! The scouts have had a mass investiture where the new scouts had an initiation test of having to jump over a “pit of shark infested custard” (as Mr Dave put it). The scouts and explorers have had a very relaxed month and have really enjoyed the variety of different activities.

Whilst having invested many different new members in to the group, the 50th Medway Towns joined the district at the Saint Georges Day Parade. The group got very in to the music and were dancing along the whole way through! There was a good turn out from the group and we hope to see more people there next year!

 

September 2012

Posted by Michael Watts on October 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

During September, the 50th Medway Towns Scout Group has been very busy.


The beavers have been looking at Healthy eating and have been preparing different foods. They have made banana and strawberry milkshakes, the banana ones tasting better! The beavers have also looked at different fruits and tasting them. They saw different fruits that some of the beavers had never seen before. Even some of the leaders had not seen the fruits! The beavers have built up their team working skills through making the smoothies together and tasting the fruits. They have also built up the skills by playing games which they have had to work together and other games which they need to support each other to help another beaver win.


The cubs have been working on their cyclist’s badge, which included learning how to get on/off a bike, how to ride a bike, testing to see if the cubs can ride and also how to look after the bike and the maintenance of it. The cubs have enjoyed the cyclists badge as they got to have hands on experience with the bikes as they got to bring in their own bike and do what the leader was doing on their bike. The cubs have played lots of games and they have developed their skills in teamwork and their knowledge of different skills needed for the games. The cubs have had a games night in which they had lots of fun and worked together in teams as well as competitively.


The scouts and explorers have been working on their first aid badges stages 2 and 3. The scouts and explorers have had to learn how to do the recovery position, mouth to mouth, CPR and how to treat broken bones, burns and how to deal with them. They have also learnt how to call the emergency services and what to say when you are on the phone to the services. The scouts and explorers have welcomed new members in to the troupe, and played different games to get in to the evening meeting.


Overall, the group has had a good month and is looking forward to what October brings their way.

 

Wenonah  :)

 

July 2012

Posted by Michael Watts on July 29, 2012 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The beavers have worked on improving their sporting ability this month in the run up to the olympics. The beavers have made towers made out of spaghetti and marshmallows to test teamwork and skill. This did not go so well! The beavers have also been playing lots of games to make new beavers feel welcome and part of the group. The beavers have been also looking at their promise by investing new beavers and looking at what it means to be a beaver, and how they should behave and treat others in beavers and in the wider community. On the last week, the beavers had a water fight which consisted of water, water guns, water balloons and lots of shaving foam!! All of the beavers got very wet, but then enjoyed the party afterwards.

 

In cubs, they have looked at hazards in the home and garden. They have had to look at dangers that are faced and some cubs even looked at how to avoid these dangers. The cubs also had an easy night where they played games and had fun with the parachute. They also played lots of teamwork games. The cubs had a visitor come down to teach them archery as part of the Olympic challenge badge they have been working on. The cubs really enjoyed the evening and even the leaders and young leaders had a go. The cubs had a fundraising night in which they were sponsored for doing a three legged wal down to the church and back. Some of the cubs did better than others! The cubs did 'how many sweets can you eat in a minute'. Cub Polly had the smallest mouth and cub Jason had one of the biggest mouths! The cubs then threw sponges at the leaders. The cubs seemed to enjoy seeing them get soaked!



 

In scouts and explorers, the scouts have been working on their cooking badge. The scouts have been doing the practical work this month and the theory last month. While the scouts were doing this, the explorers were planning a route for a hike, starting at Rochester castle and finishing in burham. The explorers taught some of the newer and infact the older scouts too, how to put up and take down Icelandic tents, which is a useful skill to know. The scouts and explorers learnt FAT TOM which stands for: food, acid, time, temperature, oxygen and moisture. This is what a food doesn't not need, otherwise the food would go off. The scouts and explorers have also worked on maps this month, looking at the area around the campsite and doing activities in preparation for the camp. One of the scout leaders Dave, was awarded his woodbeads for completing everything in order to be a scout leader. He was awarded them just in time for the camp!!

 

Wenonah :)

June 2012

Posted by Michael Watts on July 29, 2012 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

It has been another busy month for all sections, here is what we have been up to.

 

The beavers have been doing sports for the Olympics and working on different activities for the Jubilee. The beavers have worked on making fridge magnets, cards, black and white drawings, and other fun things for the Jubilee. The beavers have enjoyed doing this because they have got to do creative activities and work together to make cards. The beavers have also done lots of sporting activities whilst taking part in mini competitions with the other people. The beavers have developed their teamwork skills because they have helped each other with their different sports e.g. teaching each other how to play football.

 

In cubs they have been working on their DIY badge. For this they have had to build a birdhouse and a bird feeder. The evenings were very lo9ud as the cubs had to learn how to use the different tools and then they built the different bird accessories. The cubs have also had a games night, in which the cubs got to pick the games and then they played them. The cubs enjoyed the DIY badge. One of the cubs said “this is really hard but so fun”. This cub built most of their bird house and then brought it back to cubs the next week finished and painting. The cubs have learnt DIY skills which will help them when they are building something. Also, the cubs have worked together to help build the bird houses and feeders because one held the wood whist the other banged the nails in. The cubs have worked really hard on this badge and they only need to do some painting before they can gain their badge.

 

The scouts and explorers have worked on map reading in May. They went on a small hike on a Friday night so that the younger scouts and the new explorers could learn how to read the map. The scouts and a few explorers took part in a district tug of war. The scouts did well in this competition and did the best they could. The scouts then took part in a jubilee party in which they went to different stools run by the different groups and play old fashioned games that were played when the queen was crowned. The 50th ran croquet and shove halfpenny. Most of the scouts that game to the stall did not know what these games were! The explorers have taught the scouts how to read the map, what the different symbols on the map are, and how to do4 and 6 figure grid references.

 

Join me next month to find out what we got up to in July.

Wenonah

May 2012

Posted by Michael Watts on June 28, 2012 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The beavers have been doing sports for the Olympics and working on different activities for the Jubilee. The beavers have worked on making fridge magnets, cards, black and white drawings, and other fun things for the Jubilee. The beavers have enjoyed doing this because they have got to do creative activities and work together to make cards. The beavers have also done lots of sporting activities whilst taking part in mini competitions with the other people. The beavers have developed their teamwork skills because they have helped each other with their different sports e.g. teaching each other how to play football.

 

In cubs they have been working on their DIY badge. For this they have had to build a birdhouse and a bird feeder. The evenings were very loud as the cubs had to learn how to use the different tools and then they built the different bird accessories. The cubs have also had a games night, in which the cubs got to pick the games and then they played them. The cubs enjoyed the DIY badge. One of the cubs said “this is really hard but so fun”. This cub built most of their bird house and then brought it back to cubs the next week finished and painting. The cubs have learnt DIY skills which will help them when they are building something. Also, the cubs have worked together to help build the bird houses and feeders because one held the wood whist the other banged the nails in. The cubs have worked really hard on this badge and they only need to do some painting before they can gain their badge.

 

The scouts and explorers have worked on map reading in May. They went on a small hike on a Friday night so that the younger scouts and the new explorers could learn how to read the map. The scouts and a few explorers took part in a district tug of war. The scouts did well in this competition and did the best they could. The scouts then took part in a jubilee party in which they went to different stools run by the different groups and play old fashioned games that were played when the queen was crowned. The 50th ran croquet and shove halfpenny. Most of the scouts that game to the stall did not know what these games were! The explorers have taught the scouts how to read the map, what the different symbols on the map are, and how to do4 and 6 figure grid references.

 

Join me again in June.

 

Wenonah


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