• Nov

    Times flying by….

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    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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