• Jan
    22

    Don’t forget for this weeks meeting we need lots and lots of newspaper.  The more newspaper we have the better / easier the activity will be.

    See you all tomorrow

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  • Jan
    19

    The Scout Association has started a competition between all the Scout sections across the country in relation to the Olympics that are happening this year. At last weeks meeting we did a few of these suggested activities from this competition.  The first game we played was co-operation circles, all the scouts stood in a circle with a cane and a leader shouted out how many places to go either left or right they had to let go of the cane they had and get hold of the one that was shouted out.  We played a few rounds of this before playing Diversity Bingo, the aim of the game was to fill out the bingo board with names of people within the troop that had done these things.  With a prize going to the first person with a vertical / horizontal line and the last prize for bingo.

    The final activity of the evening was extreme Sandwich making, the patrols were split up into pairs (or almost pairs) and within these pair the aim was to make a sandwich…. sounds easy until you are blind folded and have to be directly through making your sandwich by your partner.  The sandwiches they had to make were cheese and ham sandwiches with butter.  There were some interesting sandwiches by the end of the activity, cutting the cheese and buttering the bread turned out to be the hardest things to judge and so you could get a very uneven sandwich.

    The last game of the night was a little cut short due to the number of badges that were needed to be presented and also the investiture of one of our Scouts.

    Just a few things to remember:

    • Subs for this term are due
    • We need newspaper for next weeks activity
    • District Winter Camp is coming up so if you are interested get your forms in as soon as possible.
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  • Jan
    14

    Hello everyone and happy new year.

    Last week we started with an old favourite – Indoor Caving – and we have lots of other activities planned for the rest of term.

    On Monday’s meeting we’ll be giving out a copy of the new term’s newsletter, and check your email accounts for details of the District Winter Camp, which will be held 17th-19th February.

     

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  • Nov
    26

    Troop Night

    Wow I cannot believe another three weeks have passed this term already.

    Its been a busy few weeks with lots of different activities ranging from the Global Challenge Badge to the Creative Challenge Badge.

    7th November

    We played a new game this week (called Indian Cat and Mouse), all the Scouts were in four lines with there arms out stretched.  The cat had to chase the mouse between the rows of scouts.  To add to the confusion a leader would shout out change and the rows of Scouts moved their arms by 90 degrees changing the rows.  This might help or hinder the cat attempting to catch the mouse.  The activity for this week was thinking around the global challenge, needs and wants leading to the Rights Balloon Game.  First in their patrols they came up with a list of needs and wants, what do you need to live and what would you like to live? (for example water / food / shelter and Computer Games / TV / Chocolate).  After a discussion with the troop with each patrol providing two needs and two wants we moved onto the rights balloon game.  Each patrol was placed into a circle, 30 balloons were thrown into the circle and the aim was to keep as many in the air as possible, if they were dropped or leave the circle then they were discounted.  Each balloon was worth a certain number of points, they had 1 minute to keep them in the air.  When this time was up they were given there final points tally.  Using these points they could “spend” them on a list of items (similar to needs and wants).  Followed by a brief discussion about what and why they chose what they did.

    14th November

    The activity for this evening was puzzles…. four puzzles were setup for the Scouts to try.  The tower of Hanoi was the simplest of the puzzles where there was 5 boxes that had to be moved from one location to the other via one intermediate location.  The only rule is that a large box cannot be on top of a smaller box.  The scouts were timed to see how fast they could do it and also how few a moves they could do it in.  The second puzzle was a difficult one with a cane, it sounds simple enough.  Line all the scouts up so that there are two equal lines they all put out there index finger and a line cane is placed on top of the fingers.  The challenge is to place the cane on the floor without it leaving anyones index finger.  I don’t think any of the patrols managed to achieve this puzzle it always seems to go up rather than down…..

    The third puzzle was more of an obstacle course, each scout was given a tube cut in half to transport the golf ball and with the rest of the patrol they had to get as many golf balls as they could from start to finish using these tubes.  Once they had the ball in their tube they could not move there feet meaning the golf ball had to be passed on.  The final puzzle was a nice relaxing one…. there was seven chairs and the aim was to get the three scouts on one side to change places with the scouts on the other side, the simple puzzle was you could hop over any one to get to the next position.  The harder puzzle was that you could only hope over someone if there was two people on the same chair of the same “colour”.

    21st November

    The first activity of the evening was around global trade, each patrol was given parts of a dismantled torch.  There was five pieces in each torch and each patrol got all the same piece.  They then had to trade these pieces to create a full torch, the aim was to get a completely working system.  Now did this mean just your patrol or every patrol…..

    The second activity of the night was the golden rule.  Thinking about things that happen in every daily life and think of the positive and negative that could happen.  For example a friend is being bullied do you a) set in to help your friend, or b) make fun of your friend with the others.  The patrols have 10 -> 15minutes to think about this and come up with some ideas, they then had to come up with a small play to represent one of the things they had chosen.    These were then recorded and will be shown before the end of term.

    This week is Cane balistas and investiture

    See you on Monday

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  • Nov
    14

    Thank you

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    Thank you to everyone that came to Remembrance Sunday yesterday we had an almost full house for it.  There was great representation from every section of 15th Scouts with us having over 50 children there.

    It was much better weather than normal with beautiful blue sky shining down on us as we stood for our two minutes silence at the war memorial.

    See you all tonight

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  • Nov
    12

    Dont forget that tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday.

    See you all there

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  • Nov
    7

    Scouts is on as normal tonight, same time same place.  If you still owe subs please bring them along tonight.

    See you all tonight

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  • Nov
    2

    It was a quite evening after the half term break with only 12 scouts joining us for the evening.  So rather than doing the global activities that were planned we decided to do fire-lighting and with some leftovers from the District first aid weekend we hoped to make Campfire Doughnuts.

    Before we got going we did a quick recap on how to use an axe because unfortunately due to the wet weather during the day there was not much kindling to help light the fires meaning we had to make our own.  Using the scouts were split into two groups to sort out there fire ensuring that the three things needed for a fire where correct (heat, oxygen, fuel).  In a short time both groups had managed to get there fires light and were adding the larger pieces of wood to ensure it would not go out and would be hot enough to cook on.

    While the Scouts had been lighting the fires a leader had been busy in the kitchen creating batter for the camp doughnuts and buttering and jamming alot of bread.

    With time running short we had a quick game of quarter ball in patrols before the end of the evening.

    Do not forget that there are some subs still outstanding for this term, please ensure that you bring the money along at the next meeting.

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  • Oct
    20

    DIY Golf

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    Last Monday we had a go at DIY Golf. Lacking the landscape of St Andrews, we made do with what was in our store to create our very own crazy golf course. Some were more playable than others. With 40 minutes to construct their hole, there was a variety of ‘craziness’ involved, with drainpipes used to create an elevated run and tug of war robe used to shape an area of the course. Once the course was completed, each patrol was given a scorecard, with five minutes to play each hole. At the end of the evening the scores were averaged out, with Kestrels winning the challenge.

    We also played a great game this evening. Most people were sat in the circle, alternating teams (red/yellow) with six sitting on the ‘sofa’ outside of the circle. Everyone got a card with someone else’s name on it – and had to move when that name was called out (not their name). the aim was to get all six people sitting on the sofa from the same team. It was a good test of memory!

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  • Oct
    20

    Photography

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    Photography BadgeFirstly I’ll like to apologise for the lack of updates to the site I’m not sure where the time has gone over the last few weeks.  So here is a recap of the two photography evenings that we have done recently.

    The aim of the photography evening was to do all the parts towards the photography badge, with just the final section for the scouts to bring in some photographs to complete the badge.  All the requirements for the badge can be found on scouts.org.uk.

    Within their patrols the scouts did two bases each week to learn about photography and stop motion film making.  The first base was depth of field, this shows how the camera can focus on an object near and far. Using close up shots of a boot, we looked at how focussing on different aspects of the object changed the image. More information about Depth of Field can be found on Wikipedia. Another base was looking at how exposure length altered photographs. There are lots of examples of this on the internet – for example we looked at these pictures. Stop motion pictures were done using lego to make mini movies, with photographs taken after every move. Finally, scouts got the opportunity to look at colour balance in photography.

    All Scouts who completed the two photography evenings and can provide evidence of their photography skills – using six photographs in different styles – will get the photography badge.

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