• Mar
    16

    Time for abit of a catch up on what we have been up to, its been a busy few weeks for the Scout Group.

    Indoor Football

    A few weeks ago the Scout meeting was on a Friday and we all met up at Flemming Park for a game of indoor football. With 10 Scouts we split into two teams with two leaders playing as well (because it was a huge pitch!). 30 minutes of play it was time to swap the teams round with another 30 minutes of play again. Everyone had a great time and 10 tired Scouts and 3 tired Leaders we left the indoor football pitch after an hour, everyone had a great time. Hopefully we will be able to organise another trip in the Winter Term.

    Pancake Night

    PancakesOn the Monday after football it was our Scout Evening as normal at the Scout hut (since it was so close to pancake night on Tuesday). The troop evening started as normal with flag break and inspection, before getting straight on with the pancake making. Each patrol was provided with the equipment, recipe and ingredients to make 16 pancakes each. Within a few minutes the hall was a hive of activity getting all the equipment setup and starting to mix the ingredients. I cannot remember which patrol was the first to flip their pancakes but everyone was getting involved cooking and eating there pancakse, even the leaders managed to get one each. As the evening continued it was time to start packing away.

    Unfortunately with pancakes there is quite abit of mess to be cleaned up meaning lots of washing up to be done before we could play a quick game. Hawks worked really well all evening and were the first to finish their washing up and pack equipment away. Just before we ended there was just enough time for a quick game of scorpians tale, before it was time for flag down.

    District Winter Camp

    Last weekend it was that time again for District Winter Camp…. thankfully it was much warm this year than last year. The Scouts arrived on Friday night at dusk to setup their tents for the weekend before having supper and getting some sleep for the day of activities ahead.

    On Saturday is most probably an eariler start than normal for most of them, having to get up and have breakfast before a full day of activities that included Shooting, Archery and many other fun activities.

    On Sunday it was the Sextant Trophy which is a hike around the area of the camp that the scouts need to plan and then follow there route. Congratulations to our Scouts that demonstrated some fantastic Scouts skills getting very high marks on bearings, grid references and following of the route. Before heading home there was tents to be put down before the Sextant trophy results were announced and the trophy was awarded to the winning team. Congratulations to 6th Lockerley that won the trophy by 25pts from 4th Bramshaw. I hope everyone had a fantastic time on the camp and see you at the next camp.

    Swimming

    The last Scout meeting on Monday was held at the Quays in Southampton where we were joined by 13 Scouts for a fun swim session in the fun pool. We were only there for an hour but it was a fun evening for everyone, the slide was open for alittle bit while we were there. Next swimming session we think will be a cycle and swim to the Rapids in Romsey.

    See you all as normal next week.

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  • Mar
    14

    Sorry for the lack of updates, I will be doing them this week I promise…..

    Please remember that we are swimming tonight at the Quay in Southampton, a leader will be there with his necker on outside the Sports centre for when you arrive.  Please ensure you arrive before 18.45 to give us time to change and get into the swimming pool.  Also do not forget your money.

    We will finish at 8pm and meet parents inside the main building.

    See you tonight

    Skip

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  • Feb
    20

    The Scout evening started as normal with inspection and flag break. We then had a quick game of indoor head cricket, the troop is split into two teams with one “batting” and the other fielding. The aim is to get a run by running to the other side of the hall and back again without getting hit by the ball. It was a close run game between the two teams, and unfortunately I cannot remember who won.

    It was then on with the evenings activities, firstly we a quick recap of some basic knots and lashings which Skip constructed the main activity of the evening.  The activity is called the Jack of Clubs but since it was Valentines day we renamed it to being the Queen of Hearts.  The Queen of Hearts has been captured and placed into a tower that the Scouts must break into and free her.  But there is a catch, its dark and there is a security light combing the area, and if the Scout is caught in the light then they have to go to jail for two minutes.  With the supplied equipment they have to burn there way though the security cordon and avoid ending up in the acid.  Here’s a picture of the tower in our Scout Hut before the Scouts started the activity.

    Early on in the activity two Scouts were caught by the light and sent to jail, all the patrols were working well together and creating there poles to burn their way through the security cordon.  Two patrols got there devices ready first and were in a race to get through the cordon.  Eagles got a good start but Hawks started to catch them up, with them both trying to burn the last wire.  Kestrals and Falcon had got there burner up and running and were starting on their second wire.

    Eagles just pipped Hawks to the prize and freed the Queen of Hearts first.  It was then time to pack everything away for flag down and some quick notices:

    • There are a couple of subs still outstanding for this term
    • Its half term next week so there is no Scouts and the week after its indoor football.
    • Winter Camp is coming up so if you would like to go then get the permission forms and money to Skip before the end of this week.

    Hope everyone has a great half term and see you next week

    Skip

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  • Feb
    8

    Troop Night

    The Troop evening started as normal with flag break and inspection before the patrol leaders ran a quick game of Head and catch with an extra twist. Playing the game normally before the person in the middle shouting all change and the players had to swap there actions. So Head became catch and catch became head.

    The main activity of the evening was Bet you Can’t, there was a number of different activities lined up for the Scouts to attempt.  Every activity completed and checked by a leader scored points for their patrol.  The activities ranged from Scout skills like maps and compasses to balloon modeling.  For a hour of the meeting it was frantic making cups of tea for the leaders, solving puzzles and making some very very strange looking animals out of balloons!  Even Skip joined in to make a balloon Giraffe which sadly popped.  Half way through the evening it was a close run thing between the patrols, with only a few points in it.  Each patrol worked well together but one patrol was the winner so congratulations to Hawks with 270 points I believe.

    After a quick tidy up of the hall there was just enough time for a game of quarter ball, with each patrol having a quarter of the hall and four balls being thrown around that the leaders had to keep track of.  It was then time to gather round the flag for flag down and notices.  The main notice was Winter Camp has been confirmed (well more like a spring camp really) on the 11th -> 13th March at a cost of £25 at copythorne campsite, everyone was given information about the camp.  There are also a couple of subs left to be paid for the term please can you get these in ASAP.

    See you all next week

    Skip

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  • Feb
    6

    A few weeks ago we held a troop forum during our Troop meeting, which helps the leaders understand what everyone is enjoying and how we could improve the scouting activities.  The night was broken down into a number of parts, likes and dislikes, what games do you like playing? and what badges would like like to attempt? and activities you would like to do?  All this information would then be used to feed into the next few terms meetings.

    Firstly the likes and dislikes, each patrol was asked to put likes and dislikes onto large pieces of paper which were pinned to one of the notice boards. Each Scout then had a vote for the likes and dislikes which were then discussed about what they liked and how we could improve on the dislikes.

    Likes

    • Cooking – 3 Vote
    • Trips – 3 Votes
      • Laser Quest
      • Crate Stacking
      • Swimming
      • Water Sports
    • Outside Activities – 3 Votes
      • more Often
      • Use Field More
      • Cricket
      • Water Fight
      • Mini Olympics
      • Fox and Hounds
      • Orienteering
      • Shelter Building
      • Pioneering
      • Hikes
      • Wide games
      • Bike rides
      • Caving
    • Meeting Friends – 3 Votes
      • Break time
    • Table football – 1 Vote
    • More Camps – 1 vote
    • Its History – 1 Vote
    • Games – 1 vote
    • Water Sports
    • Wide games – it is so fun
    • Indoor and outdoor caving
    • Campfires

    Dislikes

    • First Aid – 8 Votes
      • More Casuatly Sims
      • More Practicals
    • Inspections – 6 Votes
      • Quicker
      • More variety in the trips for the winning team
    • Crab Football – 1 Vote
    • Knots – 1 Vote
    • Sessions without Games
    • Uniform – Uncomfortable and Heavy
    • Maps
    • Writing
    • Orienteering

    Now the results for the activities and badges that were of interest:

    Badges

    Survival Skills Activity Badge
    Parasending Activity Badge
    Circus Skills Activity Badge
    Equestrian Activity Badge
    Mechanic Activity Badge
    Power coxswain Activity Badge
    Craft Activity Badge
    Chief Scouts Award

    Activities

    • Swimming
    • Scuba Diving
    • Banana Boating
    • Mini Olympics on the field
    • Ringo
    • Cycling
    • Surfing
    • Canoeing
    • Sailing
    • Making a Simulator
    • Craft (ie Painting)
    • Marshal Arts (ie Jujitzu)
    • Snowboarding / Skiing
    • Rifle Shooting
    • Archery
    • Wide Games / Capture the flag
    • Climbing
    • Outdoor / Indoor Caving
    • Pioneering

    Lastly were the best games with the stars (there was alot with 5 stars!)

    5 Stars

    • Hockey
    • Eddy Longball
    • Dodgeball
    • Table Football
    • Keeper of the Keys
    • Poison Well
    • Football Match
    • Balloon Wide Game
    • Obstacle Courses
    • Wacky Racer
    • Kangaroo Sumo
    • BucketBall

    4 Stars

    • Head and Catch
    • Quarter Ball
    • Ladders
    • Rounder
    • Cricket
    • Fox and Hounds
    • Tug of War
    • Scorpians Tale
    • 3 Way tug of War

    3 Stars

    • Tube Stack
    • Cat and Mouse

    2 Stars

    • Martians
    • Crab Football
    • Water Fight

    1 Stars

    • Wink Murder
    • Head Cricket
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  • Feb
    5

    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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  • Jan
    12

    Troop Night

    Welcome back to all the Scouts, after a longer than normal break due to New Years Bank Holiday being on a Monday.  With the weather still not happy outside we met for the first meeting of the new term.  I hope everyone had a great break over christmas and are ready to go for the new term ahead.

    We started out with game of hide and seek with a difference.  Instead of trying to find another person each scout was given half a playing card an somewhere around the hall and rooms the other half had been hidden.  The aim of the game was to find as many matching pairs as possible in 15 minutes with the winner wining points for there patrol to go towards the patrol competition.  With the clock ticking the scouts start running around the hut hunting for the other half of cards.  As time progressed to help each scout was given two more half cards to find the other halfs to.  I think the winning Scout had about 6 or 7 successfully found cards.  Which was really good because they were hidden very well.

    The main activity of the evening was indoor caving, probably one of the best indoor activities that I can think off.  The aim is to construct a cave network that the Scouts will navigate through.  Each patrol was had a quarter of the half to design their network, they could use just about anything from the store and the only thing they had to do was line up with entry and exit points for there quarters of the hall.  After a few minutes thinking about what they wanted to do it was time to get building.  We had about 30 – 35 minutes to construct the network before each section would be reviewed by a leader and tested by a patrol leader.  Each patrol did completely different things, some using tables to construct passages while others used chairs tied together to ensure they didnt move.  With time passing fast it was time to test them before the first Scout was sent through the complete network.

    Each scout was blindfolded and then guided through each section by two members of the patrol that built it.  The first section was quite a tight twisting section that was slow to get going before leading into a more open space but with obsticales to attempt to get round.  More and more scouts entered the network till just about every scout was in the network or helping people through.  Time was ticking away fast and we just managed to get the last one into the network before the end of the evening.  It took each scout about 10 minutes to get from the beginning to the end.

    I hope everyone really enjoyed the evening.  Just one notice for the term, please remember that subs are now due.

    See you next week

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  • Dec
    9

    This week’s troop meeting was a special cooking challenge for the patrols to work as teams to cook a meal.  After flag break all the patrols were shown how to put up the new cooking stands and then it was on with setting up their cooking areas.  We ever finished first in there setup got to choose which meal to cook.  There was two on offer Ham Rissotto and Chicken Stew.  The patrols were to be marked on presentation, taste, teamwork and hygiene.

    Eagles and Kestrels were cooking the Chicken Stew with Hawks and Falcon cooking the Ham Rissotto.  With all the cooking areas setup and gas connected it was on with the preparing for the meals.  After chopping, slicing and peeling it was time to get the first parts of each meal into the pans.  Unfortunately a couple of the patrols had their stoves on alittle too high and the onions came up alittle bit black!  With more and more ingredients going into the pans and the time ticking away it was almost time for washing up to start :-).

    With some patrol members looking after the stoves the rest of the patrols members did the washing up, it was almost time for the taste tested.  Two leaders were to rate the patrols on the tastiness of the food and also the presentation of the food.  We had planned to make a pudding but with time running out and lots of dishes to wash it was all hands to the wash bowls to ensure everything was clean and dry to put away into the store.

    Unfortunately there wasnt time to present some of the badges that were needed to be given out so they will have to wait for next term.  Please remember that some subs are still due.  Next week is the last scout meeting of this term so its Party time :-).  For next weeks troop meeting could everyone please bring alittle something alone for food.

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  • Nov
    30

    Last nights troop evening started with flag break from the Kestrels patrol.  This evening we were having a games night for abit of a change because the Scouts had been working so hard over the last few weeks (with first aid, hiking and fire lighting).   The first game was a new take on Martions called Kangaroo Sumo, where the aim of the game was to knock your opponent off balance or to step out of the ring.  This was a very one sided game with one team winning most of the rounds.  The second game we played was also a new game of a different take on cricket.  There are two teams with a bowler throwing a soft ball for the “batter” to head the ball, the batter then have to run to the other end of the hall and back again to score a run.  If they were hit below the knee then they were out.  After a couple of practice games we had two innerings per team.

    The third game was protect your chair, each Scout had a chair that they had to protect.  There was a number of balls being kicked around the hall and the aim was to be the last scout standing where a ball had not hit your chair.  With three different winners of protect the chair it was a interest set of games.  We then moved on to an old favourite of cat and mouse with a parachute.  Tag the mouse by the cats, the mouse were under the parachute and the cats onto, with the rest of the troop shaking it up and down to make if difficult for the cats to find.  The last game was a very quick game of crab football before it was time to fall in.

    We welcome 5 new members to the troop with there investiture and we also gave out alot of badges to other members of the troop for first aid stage 5.

    Please remember that some subs are still due and do not forget about the Christmas carol Concert that is on the 12th December in Romsey.

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  • Nov
    28

    HikeLast weeks troop meeting was a night hike through Rownhams woods.  The troop gathered at the entrance to Rownhams wood in the little car park, once all the scouts were there we headed off into the night leaving the road behind us.  Heading along the main path we head deeper into the woods past the little stream and up the hill heading towards Chilworth.  As we continued the path got smaller and wetter and muddier!  After we got past the mud we headed to the end of Rownhams woods and crossed a small stile into Chilworth Manor Hotel Grounds and headed towards the hotel through the tree circle and pass the pond before cross a field to the hotel.  The walk continued through the car park and down the drive of the hotel.  After a short walk along the drive and a footpath we reentered the forest and had a quick sweet break.

    After the sweet break we heading further into the forest again following a small path that lead us back to the drive of the hotel before talking the next path off the drive heading back into the forest.  Winding our way through the woods we arrived back at the stile to reenter Rownhams woods before making our way back along the path (past all the muddy parts) and arriving back at the car park at 8.55.

    Next week we will be back at the Scout Hut as normal.

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