• Feb
    28

    First day of March tomorrow and its time for another Scout meeting.  The evenings are getting lighter and we are already looking at our program for next term.  If you have anything you would like to do next term at Scout evenings let us know.  We are going to be starting the fitness challenge badge tomorrow as well as each week a patrol will be looking at and practicing using axe and saw for the Pulborough Trophy.  Same time, same place!

    See you all tomorrow

    Skip

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  • Feb
    27

    Camping

    Hot off the press 15th North Baddesley Scouts will be having a summer camp between 1st August-> 6th August at Broadstone Warren Scout Activity Center in East Sussex. The maximum cost per Scout will be £120 although we will be trying to keep costs to a minimum so hope it will be less.

    We have secured a mini bus and driver from a local school to transport the Scouts and we will be looking into hiring a van to drop the kit off and pick it up again; if any parent has a van that we could make use of or would like to volunteer to drive a hire van, your help would be greatly appreciated.

    This is the first summer camp for 15th North Baddesley for a couple of years so we are all excited to be getting this organised. It should be alot of fun at the camp involving alot of activities, once we have enough interest more information will be distributed about the activities that we will be doing plus a program for the 5 days.

    Letters will be coming out Monday.

    Skip

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  • Feb
    25

    Winter Camp – Day Two

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    Sunday Morning and after a couple of light showers the sunshine soon brought some smiles back. There was plenty of time for another good breakfast before we were off on the Sextant Trophy. Teams were given a map and compass and needed to navigate to bases to earn points – further points were gained by answering questions along the route and for taking bearings. 15th came in at an impressive 4th place in the competition overall, taking just 4.5 hours to complete the course and achieving the second highest score for directions and bearings! After some lunch and free time around the campfire, we needed to strike the camp before flag down and the Trophy presentation. It was a hard camp but a good time was had and many lessons were learned. Well done all.

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  • Feb
    24

    Due to illness unfortunately we were unable to do First Aid on Monday night which meant we did something complete different tonight.  Scouts started with the normality of Flag break, unfortunately inspection had to be cancelled because we did not have the details with us.

    Firstly our GSL did a quick 20 – 30 minutes on Water safety because of the Badge Splash coming up and as part of the swimmers badge you should be aware of safety around water.  If you missed the scout evening and want to know more have a look at the scout base factsheet.

    After water safety we played a new game that Skip had found, it was called “I went to camp”, the idea of the game is that Skip started it off and had a secret meaning to the object he would bring to camp.  Going around he circle everyone had to say “I went to camp and I took a <object>”.  Skip would then say whether they were allowed to come to camp or not.    After a number of strange objects coming to camp included an aircraft, a helicopter with Guns, loads of animals, an ant and an anteater and a few times round the circle it was time to see whether anyone had guessed the secret.  To come to camp you had to bring an object starting with the same letter as your name.

    After the quick game it was time for the main activity of the evening, building of shelters.  Shelters can be built in so many different ways dependent on the environment around you.  Due to the weather outside it was not possible to build them outside (maybe in the summer months) so the patrols were given a number of different materials to build the shelters that had to fit 4 people.  Patrols had differing successes but using the shear lashing that was learnt eariler in the term four shelters were built.  The shelters were judge on materials used, the design and whether all the people could get inside them.

    With the last few minutes of the evening a couple of quite games were played (one new and one old), before we knew it it was time for flag down and another scout evening was over.

    See you all next week for fitness, do not forget climbing forms, cooking forms and camping forms.

    Skip

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  • Feb
    22

    Troop Night

    Scouts is on tonight after our half term break, unfortunately due to illness we will be unable to do the first aid that we were planning to do this week so we may delay this to a later week in the term or next term.

    See everyone tonight at the Scout Hut usually time in uniform.

    Skip

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  • Feb
    21

    Winter Camp – Day One

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    Camp was set up on Friday night in the dark, using our new hiking tent. After a very cold night (-8!) we were in high spirits for breakfast.

    Breakfast was a hearty sausages, egg, beans and hash brown, which was devoured by Scouts and leaders alike. After washing up had been done there was a bit of free time before flag break and activities. The whistle was blown for flag break and everyone gathered round to break flag and find out about the activities. Scouts split up into their groups and the day began.

    There was five activities going on unfortunately because I (Skip) was running an activity I did not manage to get round them all. The three activities I know about were canal skills (rope throwing), Bread Twisters and Fire lighting.

    After two activities in the morning it was lunchtime for everyone so a quick wash of the hands and straight to lunch. The cooks had been hard at work cutting cheese, bread, ham the full works for a great sandwich. After lunch it was straight back into activities doing the last three activities. By 5pm everyone had completed their activities and it was free time before dinner.

    Dinner was served right on time at 5.30pm of pasta bolognese and rice pudding for dessert. Following dinner the heavens opened and it started to rain, which didn’t look good for the camp fire. In fact for about 10-20minutes it was actually snowing!! Thankfully the snow stopped falling and the camp fire and founders day celebrations could go ahead. With cake and hot chocolate round the camp fire.

    It was early to bed for a few and unfortunately we had to say good bye to a couple of others. Last night was not as cold as the first night and today it’s the Sextant Trophy.

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  • Feb
    14

    SwimmingHot off the press the District Badge-Splash event has been announced.  The event will be taking place on 27th March 2010 from 5.15pm to 7.15pm at Totton Recreation Centre.  This is a great opportunity to gain that next level in your swimming badge and following the badge work there will be time afterwards to play in the pool with floats and inflatables.

    You may have received a swimming award last year. Well now its time to have a go at the next stage. Or if you are really confident you can miss a stage out. Just let us know on the form which stage you want to try. The requirements for each stage can be found at http://www.scoutbase.org.uk.

    The cost is £3 payable in advance (return with the form). You will also need a £1 coin (returnable deposit) on the day for the changing room lockers.

    Forms will be given out at the next Scout meeting on the 21st February.

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  • Feb
    14

    Just a quick reminder that its half term this week and so there will be no Scouts tomorrow night.  Hope everyone has a good week off.

    Please let me know if you are interested in any of the notices that I handed out last week.  The sooner I get the responses the more likely that you will get onto the event.

    See you on the 21st February for a First Aid evening.

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  • Feb
    9

    PancakesTurns out that is quite alot!!!! I think the final score was 9 pancakes to one scout.  I’m pretty sure that there wasn’t enough batter for that.  Anyway I’m getting ahead of myself.  Monday night was Scout Pancake night, the night started out normally with flag break.  Two of the Patrol Leaders ran quarter ball, while the leaders were getting the equipment ready for making pancakes.

    It was slightly early for us to do Pancake night but unfortunately Shrove Tuesday is not until the 16th February which meant it was during half term.  Since by the time we started back we should all be fasting for 40 days we thought it best to have pancake night early :-).

    After giving the Scouts a quick demo of the new stoves about how to connect them up to a gas bottle, the evening got well and truely underway.  Each Patrol was given all the equipment needed plus instructions on how to make the pancake batter.  After about 10 minutes all the patrols had got the batter ready and the stoves connected and checked by a leader.  Now was the fun part, the burning…. opps cooking of the pancakes! For the next 30 – 40 minutes the scout hall smelt of cooking (and burning) pancakes.  One of the patrols actually gave the frying pan back to us in the same condition it had started in with very little cleaning.

    Sadly all good things have to come to an end, and no sooner had the cooking began it was over.  Which could mean only one thing, the WASHING UP!  With 5 minutes to spare we just about finished everything (the leaders did the rest when everyone had gone home).

    The last thing to do was present a couple of badges and run through all the notices that we had.  Just incase you missed anything here is the short version.  See the other news items for more detail:

    • Expedition Challenge happening on 14 – 16th May
    • District Cooking Competition 6th March
    • Climbing Schema – beginning of the summer term
    • Sainsbury’s active kids schema is almost upon us

    I will be posting all the forms and details in the next couple of days.  Please remember that its half term next week so there wil be no Scouts.

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  • Feb
    6

    Active Kids15th North Baddesley Scouts will again this year be collecting Sainburys Active Kids vouchers.  This enables the group to purchase from a catalog new / improved equipment for free.

    The vouchers will be started to be given out with shopping on 17th February and end on the 8th June.  There is now a collection box at the Scout hut to leave your vouchers in.  Please please collect for the Scout group because it enables us to get equipment that we may not be able to afford otherwise.

    Also a quick reminder if you have old empty printer cartridges or mobiles then they can be brought to the scout hut for recycling.  The group gets money for this recycle again helping towards the running of the group and its also good for the environment.

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