• Feb

    Bridge over troubled water

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    Troop Night

    Firstly sorry for missing so many meetings from the blog, I’m going to be playing catch up over the next day or so with what the troop has been up to over the past couple of weeks.

    Last Monday the troop meeting started as normal with Flag break and inspection, this week was a Patrol Leaders first time as he had been recently promoted from APL to PL. We then played a new game that Skip had found called Stations. The aim of the game (similar to music chairs) was to not be the person standing in the middle, each scout was sat on a chair in a circle and was given a London Underground station name which they kept for the rest of the game. A leader woud call out two or more station names and the aim was to not be the person standing, to add interest to the game you could call all change and all the Scouts had to move seats but they could use the 2 seats either side of them. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the game but before you know it Skip was losing his voice shouting over the noise of scouts running around.

    Next it was on to the next activity which was to build a build across a grab of 40cms (between two benches). Each patrol had unlimited funds to construct their bridge, however the winning bridge would not be the one that could carry the most weight it was all on how much it cost per weight. To add some interest the leaders would be entering a bridge into the competition as well which would be made at he same time as the rest of the patrols. Each patrol was given a few minutes to think about their bridge and look at the price list, then it was on with the building of the bridges. 30 minutes later it was time for the competition to begin, each bridge was slightly different and we were using torch batteries as the weights which we mulitplied up by 1000. The first patrol to be tested was kestrals and there bridge managed to hold 68,000 kg (68 batteries before we actually ran out of torch batteries!), the rest of the troops bridges held between 30 -> 66 torch batteries. It was then time for the leaders bridge which only managed 2000 kg.

    The final winner if I remember correctly was Falcon (I hope I’ve got that right) with the leaders coming in second place because they only spent about £450 on there bridge. Well done to everyone the bridges were really really good and managed to carry alot of weight.

    Next week its bet you can’t…..

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