• Jan
    30

    Unfortunately we have been unable to organise a trip to the fire station and due to the lateness of knowing we were unable to get letters out for Swimming. We will plan a swimming evening probably next term now.

    This means Monday nights Scout meeting will be at the Scout Hut were we will be doing knots and pioneering.

    Have a good weekend and see you Monday

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  • Jan
    29

    Hampshire County are organising a Scout Expedition Challenge weekend on the 14th – 16th May 2010.  The aim of the weekend is to enable scouts to complete there Expedition Challenge badge.  The challenge can be either a Hike Challenge (£28) or a Cycle Challenge (£43 which includes a IOW Ferry Ticket!).

    This will be an exciting weekend and at the end of it you will have achieved another step towards the Chiefs Scout Award.  Its possible to go as a team or 4 or less.  I’ll be giving more details out at Scouts on Monday night but plus thing about this as its a great opertunity to get the badge.

    The weekend starts on a Friday night with a refresher of basic map skills (which we should all be good at by now!), plus a planning of the route that you will take.  As part of the challenge a “Goal” has to be agreed and completed as you go along.  Saturday and Sunday will be the expedition using the routes that were created on the Friday night, all food is included for the weekend and accommodation.

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  • Jan
    27

    This week we started with inspection and flag break as usual, then we went into Map Battleships. This was the first time we’d played this, needing to use six figure grid references and compass bearings in order to find the four patrols ‘positioned’ around Romsey on an OS map. Turn by turn, patrols had to either move (anywhere on the map) or, once they were close to another patrol, they had the option to shoot. After two rounds shots were fired but unfortunately we had no direct hits so the game was declared a draw.

    After we had to call off last week’s Wide Game we got the opportunity to go outside on to the slightly less soggy ground. The group was split into two teams – reds and yellows – and each allocated a base on the edge of the field. The aim of the game was to collect balloons from a leader who was on the field and take the balloons back to their base without being caught by the opposition. The game got underway to the sound of lots of popping balloons! The Wide Game went on for about 20 minutes with most of the balloons popped, rather than getting to base and the eventual winners were the red team who got 10 balloons back (the yellows only managed 3).

    Unfortunately we forgot to announce the results at the end of the night so hope you’re checking here to find out! Next week is Knots and Pioneering. See you then!

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  • Jan
    24
    Troop Night

    Troop Night

    Just a quick reminder for tomorrow nights Troop meeting.  We will be hopefully playing a wide game outside on the field so ensure that the trousors that you wear are olded because they will probably get dirty.  Also remember warm clothes, gloves, hats, scarves and torches.

    A number of subs are still due so please do not forget to bring them in tomorrow night.  Its your very last chance for winter camp as well.

    See you tomorrow

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  • Jan
    19

    Maps and CompassThe district camp is coming up which includes the Sextant Trophy and so this week and next week we’re working to improve the troop’s skills with maps and compasses.  With the added fun of a wide game (well that was the idea, but I’m getting ahead of myself).

    The evening started in a different order with inspection first followed by flag break.  The troop was then split into two groups to learn about either maps or compasses.

    Falcon and Hawks started outside on a slightly more muddy field than we expected!  The idea of the activity was in the dark from a starting point they had to draw shapes using the compass, starting off with a bearing and then being asked to draw the shape.  If the shape was drawn correctly then they should end up where they started.  Eagle and Kestrel stayed warm inside the hut for the first activity learning about using 4 figure and 6 figure grid references.  Using a map of the local area (provided by the os website) and using os maps from the hut, they were provided with a list of locations to find on the map and work out what the references were.  The final small activity was to learn about GPS (Global Positioning System) which we will hopefully continue next week.

    After 40 minutes the groups swapped over and did the opposite activites.  Unfortunately outside the weather was getting worse.  To give us chance to setup for the wide game two of our patrol leaders ran ladders.  Unfortunately at the last minute we decided to call off the wide game because the weather had really closed in on the field and it was abit too wet on the field.  We had also ran out of time due to the activities over running abit.

    So next week will be the wide game instead, so everyone please remember old shoes and trousers, plus also nice warm coats, scarves and gloves.

    See you all next week

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  • Jan
    17

    Just a quick reminder, we will be doing activities outside tomorrow night so ensure that you bring good coats, gloves, scarves etc… Also please ensure you have a good torch as well. The weather is looking good for tomorrow at the moment.

    One last reminder subs are due for this term. There is only one more meeting after tomorrow to get the reduced rate of £23. Everyone should now have a subs envolpe from last week.

    See you all tomorrow

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  • Jan
    13

    CaverSounds like a strange combination doesn’t it! After everyone braved the snow to get to Scouts we had a great evening instore.  After the normal flag break and inspection the troop was split into two teams.  One team would be creating the indoor caving and the other playing the Mafia Game and then the groups would swap round one playing the game and the other making the caving experience.

    Eagles and Hawks were the first team to create the indoor caving route.  Using anything they could find in the store (tables, chairs, ground sheets, benches, pole bags, patrol tents).  They constructed a course almost the full length of the hall, with twists and turns as well as plates with water in them for the true caving experience!  Using benches they created raised sections.  While all that was happening Falcon and Kestrel were playing the Mafia game in a side room, after choosing with character they should be from the bowl the game commenced.  Slowly put surely townspeople were eliminated from the game, at day 3 one of the Mafia was eliminated and at day 6 the last Mafia person was eliminated from the game.  The Doctor survived the full round with only saving himself once!  Shame Skip almost gave the game away at one point!

    Once Eagles and Hawks had completed the indoor caving course it was time for them to leader the blindfolded Falcons and Kestrels around the course they had made.  Everyone made it safe and sound through the maze of tunnels, raised sections and obstacles.  The time had flown by and we were going to struggle fitting in the second course rebuild and run through.  But Falcons and Kestrels did a fantastic job and managed to create a new course within 10 minutes meaning that only one round of Mafia was played with the Mafia surviving till the end but they did success to remove the doctor early in the game.

    The final run through was quicker than before getting all 8 scouts through the maze in record time.  Finally it was a mad dash to get the maze tidied up before flag down and home time.

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  • Jan
    11

    SnowmanJust a quick update to let people know that Scouts will be on as normal tonight.  Please be careful when driving to the Scout Hut because the Car Park was still quite icy yesterday when I was at the Hut.

    See everyone tonight.

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  • Jan
    11

    Spring Newsletter The Spring Newsletter for Scouts is ready for download here.  The newsletter will be given out at Scouts tonight and will be in the pigeon holes at Scout HQ.

    For previous newsletters go to the Newsletter section of the site.

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  • Jan
    10

    SnowmanJust a quick message to say that Scouts at present will be going ahead as normal.  We will be assessing the weather and conditions during the day tomorrow so please check back here tomorrow afternoon around 4pm to see the latest.  If we do unfortunately have to cancel Scouts then I will ring everyone by 6.30pm to inform them that its not going ahead.

    On a lighter note I hope everyone has been enjoying the snow that we have had over the last couple of days.

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