• May
    24

    Blogging from the banks at lakeside where eight scouts are having fun and getting slightly wet in the setting sun of the warmest day of the year so far. Looks like they’re all having fun-the question is, who will need to change into their spare clothes by the end of the evening?

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  • May
    23

    24th May 2010

    Filed under: Troop Nights;

    I hope everyone is enjoying the fantastic weekend that we are having.  Please remember that Scouts is caneoing tomorrow night at Eastleigh Lakeside, so if you are not canoeing then you have the week off from Scouts.

    See you tomorrow for the canoeing

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  • May
    19

    I’d like to invite you to a group hike for cubs, scouts, parents and friends at Lepe Country Park on the 6th June. This will enable cubs and scouts to get a walk towards their ‘hikes away’ badges, and provide an opportunity for everyone to get out and about as we approach the summer. The walk will start from Lepe Country Park car park at 11am and its roughly a 5 mile gentle circlar walk along the beach front and then looping inland.  The walk should last roughly 2 to 3 hours.

    Taking part is free, however there is a parking charge of about £4 for several hours parking.  Lepe is located at the edge of Southampton Water and the Solent close to Exbury gardens.  If you need further directions, or if you need help with transport, please speak to your section leader

    You’ll need to bring suitable footwear (trainers that you don’t mind getting muddy will be fine), and a packed lunch. Obviously its worth keeping an eye on the weather forecast to bring suitable clothing.  There is a small cafe at Lepe Country park that sells drinks and a section of food, and there are plenty of places to buy ice creams.

    If you would like to take part, please fill in the this form and return to your section leader so we know how many people to wait for. We hope to leave from the cafe at the car park in Lepe at 11:05 on the day.

    I hope to see you there on the day for what should be an enjoyable trip out.

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  • May
    19

    Camping

    The Pulborough Trophy Competition is fast approaching which means its time to do some of those traditional Scouting skills.  This weeks troop night was devoted to putting up Tents.

    The evening started as normal with flag break and inspection, due to time it was straight into tonight activity of pitching and striking of a Patrol Tent.  Each patrol was given there patrol tent, poles, mallets and pegs.  In their patrols it was up to each team to pitch their tent.  The Leaders were on hand to help with guidance and if the teams got stuck.

    Most of the scouts had already pitched a patrol tent in the previous years and so this was putting there teaching skills into practice.  As the tents were unfolded from their bags, and the poles were getting put together all the scouts were getting involved with the task at hand.  Within a couple of minutes all the tents were out and the poles were getting placed into the tents and the dolls were getting attached.

    Soon enough there was four patrol tents well under way, with only minor help from the leaders.  After about 30 to 40 minutes most of the tents were pitched, and unfortunately it was that time to strike the tent ready for the end of the evening.  But only after a leader had inspected it.  All four tents were well put up, only a couple of mistakes to remember and that is mainly because of the judging at pulborough:

    • Remember to close the doors correctly before pegging out
    • All pegs should be in a line on the tent (easilest way is to get some rope and when the first peg goes in all the others should be in a line.
    • Remember to ensure that there is a hole in poles at the center (most of the tents have a middle pole!)

    Running short on time we have to strike the tents very quickly, this meant that we could get back in the hall for flag down and notices plus some badges needed to be presented.

    Four challenge badges were present after the expedition camp at the weekend, with this final challenge badge it also meant that one of our Scouts achieved the highest honour a Scout can have which is the Gold Chief Scouts Award.  Ending the evening on a high it was time for flag down and notices:

    • Please remember that subs are due (£23 if you get them to me by next week otherwise £25)
    • We are canoeing next week at Lakeside so if you are not canoeing then there will be no scouts
    • Pulborough Trophy is fast approaching so if you are intested then you need to get the deposit and form back to me as soon as possible.

    See you at the canoeing on Monday.

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  • May
    16

    Stretchers

    Filed under: Troop Nights;

    Last weeks Scout meeting started as usual with flag break at 7pm followed by a quick inspection for the four patrols.  After the normal start it was time for a game of rounders.  Only 2 innings were played and an hour had passed which was really quick.  The first inning was a close round with only about 4 runs between them.  The second inning saw one team take a large lead winning by about 15 runs.

    The Pulborough Trophy is not far away now so the second half of the evening was to start training for the trophy.  One part of the pulborough trophy weekend is the Ian Grainer Trophy which is creating something from pioneering equipment.  So tonight was a challenge for the scouts to create a stretcher that would be able to carry a tent as well as cope with the longest scout in the patrol.

    After about 30 minutes it was time to test the stretchers and give them a rating out of 10.  Some teams were more successfully than others but they all managed to create a stretcher that just about held the Patrol Tent.  Two teams made the stretcher long enough to fit the tallest member of there patrols.  Everyone did really well remembering the knots and lashings taught the previous team.

    After the stretchers it was time to wrap up for the evening and the notices:

    • Please remember subs are due
    • We have planned a caneoing evening on the 24th May and unfortunately there was a mistake in the form.  It should have said £1 on the form rather than £6.  Please Please bring the forms back next week otherwise we may have to cancel the evening.
    • Pulborough Trophy is coming up on the 19th – 21st June which is a fantastic event
    • Finally the Group Hike is coming up as well.

    See you all next week

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  • May
    16

    Well done to the four Scouts who were at the expedition camp this weekend.  Everyone gained the Expedition Challenge Award for there hard work hiking or cycling around the new forest and the Isle of Wright.

    Congratulations

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  • May
    10

    Slight change of plan for tonight we are going to be looking at some pioneering activities tonight rather than the Fitness challenge badge.  We will continue the work around the fitness badge later in the term / next term.

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  • May
    10

    Troop Night

    Its been a long time since the last scout meeting and since then I’ve had no time at all to update the home page with a report about the last meeting.  I’m really sorry that I did not get chance to do this but I hope this makes up for it.

    The evening started as normal with flag break and inspection.  We started off with a quick game of quarter ball I’m afraid I’ve no idea who won in the end but if I remember correctly it was all very closely fought.  The patrol was then slip into two to learn and demonstrate there axe and saw skills.  With two patrols learning about how to use the axes and saws, and the second two patrols were demonstrating there ability to create a safe chopping area to be able to do axe and saw.

    I was helping the Scouts with the chopping areas and by the end of 20 – 30 minutes both teams had some really good chopping areas.  Each area was a safe place to chop and one team even managed to make a wood store outside of the chopping area!  With time to spare we got the two patrols to create an obstacle course for the whole troop to have a run of it.  With the light fading fast and the time going we just managed to get everyone through it.

    Please remember that subs are due, and also do not forget about the canoeing that we have organised for the Troop, at a cost of £1 its a fantastic price to try something new and interesting.

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