Reminders & key information:
This edition’s reminders:
All Cub packs – Next week all of our Cubs are planning to go out on a night hike so can you please ensure they are suitably dressed to be outdoors all evening. Walking boots/shoes are a must along with a torch. Can they also bring a day sack with a drink and an optional snack? Thank you to the additional leaders and parents that have volunteered to help out. If you can help your young person’s section on your cub’s walk this week, please let your child’s leader team know – thank you!
Badge work – A quick shout out to Sam from Raptors who has sent in evidence of him fundraising outside of Scouting. This will be linked to suitable badge work. Remember to share other experiences as these can link to cub badges, especially sports/hobbies that are regularly attended.
Enigma –Next week we are learning about fire lighting and if successful will be having burgers for supper! Can parents please email Shauna about any allergies, please. Can the scouts also wrap up warm as will be outside for most of the evening? After Scouts collection will be from the rear of the scout hut at the end of the night and not inside the hall as normal.
Viernes – are looking forward to an evening of World Scout Jamboree activities and meeting those going on this year’s trip. From what we’ve heard from other sections, there are inspiring stories and some fab tasks to get stuck into.
Wibbles – Next week we will be visiting the local Pantomime where we will be able to watch a few members of the troop who are part of the cast. Everyone attending should meet at 6.40pm outside the Paramount in uniform and necker, please. Bring some change for refreshments if required.
Monopoly Run has now been fully paid for by the group based on the firm indications recorded in My.Scout. The first payments are now overdue if not already paid. If you can arrange for these to be paid this week please if you have your first payment (£25) outstanding. Those who have booked a place are reminded that the second payment (£50) is due this week.
Beavers learn about keeping healthy
This week, Tuesday and Wednesday Beavers have started working on both their Health and Fitness badge and their cooking activity badge.
The Beavers had lots of fun learning about a balanced diet and being clean and safe in the kitchen. They made fruit crispy buns using dried dates, apricots and sultanas to make them a bit healthier.
They also measured their heart rate before, during and after exercise to look for patterns and change in their pulse.
Finally, the Beavers made an eat well plate to show what they had talked about to their families.
Cubs Communicator badge
This week the cubs learnt of the importance of Communication and Teamwork, as part of their Communicators Badge. Some of our cubs are fabulous at talking but find listening a little challenging. And some are great listeners, but not so confident with the talking part of communication, so this week everyone had the chance to develop these skills.
One activity involved taking an accurate message from a phone call. Another involved sending an email to someone and another was to create a newsletter for an event. And finally, each cub was asked to talk about themselves for one minute whilst others listened intently.
The cubs also had to compete in groups to complete a number of tasks which required them to demonstrate great teamwork. The video will give an idea of how well this went. Trickier than it looks!
Enigma Jamboree in a bag night
Enigma Scouts had a visit from Alison and James who are taking part in this summer’s World Scout Jamboree in America. We played American style games including American Football and hockey. Along with this, we found out how they managed to secure their places on this exciting opportunity, what they have done so far in preparation and the plans for when they get there. I hope it inspired scouts into applying for the next one in four years to South Korea.
Wibbles Challenge Night
Wibbles held a team challenge evening in order to finish off parts of the teamwork and team leader badge. There was some skill needed for some of the games and everyone gave 100% effort and tried their best.
“It was an awesome night” for Raptors
Explorer Challenge Night
Explorers concentrated on team challenges this week by holding a robot wars competition. They also had a cup challenge to test skills and dexterity.
“On Friday night we were told by our scout leader we were in a survival situation. We had to search around outside the scout hut because we had to build a shelter, build fires and cook some bread. We all split into different teams. Some people started chopping wood and starting fires, some started building shelters with what they could find and others cooked. It was a fun night and everybody got to try the bread at the end. We also had a chance to try a pine needle tea which our scout leader showed us how to make, my dad!, it has more vitamin C per 100ml than Lemons. We were joined by cub scout leaders Rob and Claire.” Phoebe, Viernes Scouts
Formby recce for Cubs
Shauna and Rob took a recce to Formby to see if it would be a suitable venue and location for a cub weekend camp. Despite the -6C weather over the Pennines, at the coast it was bright, clear and lots to see – even if most pathways were like ice skating rinks! They met the Group Scout Leader of a local group who showed them the Scout Hall and facilities we’ll use when we hopefully go later this year.