Reminders & key information:
This edition’s reminders:
All three packs will be learning about and celebrating the Chinese New Year. If your cub has any food allergies can you please email your section leader (Carolyn, Shauna or Rob F). Normal times at the normal locations, please.
Back in time Sleepover – For those booked on the Back in Time Sleepover can you ensure that your deposits are paid and full balances due the week after. A final letter, consent and kit list will be following later this week. All places are now considered firm and full payment is required even if your cub drops out as the group have now made a financial commitment based on these numbers.
Enigma –Next week we are meeting at our usual time at the scout hut. We will be looking at what it means to be a scout and ways we can keep ourselves safe as a scout.
Is your Monday Scout a budding photographer or future Journalist? I’m looking for enthusiastic Scouts to write a short update each week (for Rewind) and take some photographs to post on our section’s behalf.
Viernes – have an evening of team-based challenges based on the popular TV show, “Taskmaster”. Following some of the older scouts moving to Explorers, the patrols have been reshuffled with some newly appointed Patrol Leaders, Assistant Patrol Leaders and Senior Patrol Leaders.
Wibbles – Next week scouts will be showcasing their hobbies so look out for an email with more details.
Monopoly Run – The second instalment for Monopoly Run is due this week so please ensure your payments are at £75 in total by the end of this week.
Beavers learn about keeping healthy
This week, all three Beavers colonies continued working on both their Health and Fitness badge and their cooking activity badge. They made fruit kebabs, practised some fitness type activities and made a poster. Millstones also learned how to take their pulse and now understand the difference between use by and best before dates…..watch out parents they maybe chucking out of date things away!
Tuesday Beavers invested Freya to the Castor colony whilst Wednesday Beavers invested Ronni to the Boomer colony.
Oh no, they didn’t! Oh yes, they did!
Wibbles scouts went to pantomime this week.
Alegre ‘actions for feelings’
Due to the terrible weather forecast, and as it was very icy underfoot, Alegre cubs stayed in the scout hut and finished their communicator badge, concentrating on ‘actions for feelings’ we split them into teams and one had to guess what the other teams were trying to portray. They finished up even so we had a tie break between the teams and Young Leaders.
We welcomed Alice to the YL team so we have a fab YL team of Tom H, Tom W, Alice, Euan W and Callum M.
In and amongst, and to fill a small gap, cubs made cornflake/rice crispy buns which they decorated with Haribo and sweets.
Enigma’s burger night
Enigma Scouts were given a flint and steel and instructed to build a fire themselves and if successful they would be able to cook themselves a burger! I am pleased to announce that none of the Patrols went hungry as they all got their fires going and cooked for themselves.
Winter wonderland hike
Bella Vista Cubs got wrapped up warm and braved the winter wonderland that is Penistone and went for a hike. Mid-route we bumped into Raptors Cubs and took a slight deviation and had a joint hike for a while! A special thanks to Becs and Louis from Castor beavers and Flynn’s Grandad, Dean and Helen for making tonight possible.
Jamboree in a bag
The World Scout Jamboree in a bag experience made it’s way to Friday Scouts. Alison was accompanied by Megan (part of Unit 36 Contingent) for an informative and interactive evening based around the three countries hosting. Several of the scouts are interested in the next World Scout Jamboree! Thank you for coming down Unit 36!
A brief note regarding hardship
Scouting in Penistone is fantastic – we know this primarily from the young people, but also because so many parents/guardians tell us how fabulous experiences and opportunities are!
The group are focused on an inclusive programme, that affords opportunities to as many as possible. Understandably, as a volunteer organisation, there are some constraints, such as the number of adult volunteers required to maintain a suitable adult to young person ratios, as well as the capacity of some of the venues/providers we work with.
Unfortunately, there are sometimes financial barriers to Scouting for some families. We understand this, and this is why we work to develop a balanced programme that consists of zero cost, low cost and sometimes more costlier activities.
Some of the events and activities are subsidised, therefore reducing the parent/guardian contribution. Alongside this, and I hasten to add that this is by no means a new thing at Penistone, for families whose circumstances mean they may be unable to meet the financial commitments for key scouting events, but the young person’s participation would be both deserving and of significant benefit, we have a hardship fund.
If you would like to know more about this, please take a look at the following page – an application form for hardship funding can also be found there.
If you’ve any concerns or would like to speak in confidence, please approach your Section Leader, or our Group Scout Leader (Rob). Thank you.