|Posted by Michael Watts on October 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM|
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.