Cub Section News

St George's Day Parade

It was quick march left right left right, as the annual St George's Day Parade took place on the last Sunday in April. On a glorious day, 21 cubs joined fellow cubs, scouts, beavers, rainbow, brownies and girl guides from across the district. The parade took place in Longford Park, starting in front of where the Rylands Hall used to be. The route then saw everyone march through the gardens and alongside the golf course before coming to an end on the main field. The parade was quieter this year as we didn't have the marching band to dictate the pace. Nevertheless, the cubs were excellent with their marching in time. Once the parade had come to an end, there was a short service where various people from across the Scouting range described what scouting meant to them. This was followed by the renewals of the promises and the handing out of some awards. Once the service had come to an end, the fun begin as the cubs had various activities to take part in. The activities included a water based assault course, solving a shape puzzle, kicking a football through a hole and grass skiing. The cubs took a full part in all the activities and thoroughly enjoyed themselves as they rounded off an enjoyable afternoon in the park.

Longford HAS Talent

Following a couple of weeks hard rehearsing, it was time for the eagerly awaited Longford's Got Talent. In a nerve wracking environment, the cubs had to demonstrate their talent to their follow cubs. We had all manner of displays from music and singing, to magic and comedy. We even had the extreme displays of martial arts and sword fighting (real swords were not used on health and safety grounds). We even had breathless displays of Irish dancing. All the cubs that took part excelled and demonstrated that they all had talent. Unlike the television show, we didn't have the judges with their comments or the buzzers to bring any acts to a premature end. All the cubs that took part were winners and richly deserved the Entertainers badge they achieved.

Longford HAS Talent

Following a couple of weeks hard rehearsing, it was time for the eagerly awaited Longford's Got Talent. In a nerve wracking environment, the cubs had to demonstrate their talent to their follow cubs. We had all manner of displays from music and singing, to magic and comedy. We even had the extreme displays of martial arts and sword fighting (real swords were not used on health and safety grounds). We even had breathless displays of Irish dancing. All the cubs that took part excelled and demonstrated that they all had talent. Unlike the television show, we didn't have the judges with their comments or the buzzers to bring any acts to a premature end. All the cubs that took part were winners and richly deserved the Entertainers badge they achieved.

Sizzling Cubs

The cubs were sizzling this week, as they learnt how to cook sausages on a tranjia. For those of you who don't know what a tranjia is, it is a small cooking apparatus which when assembled is used as the main source of cooking whn you go hiking and camping. As it needs to be assembled before use, it is small and light enough to be carried in the rucksack. It was a new experience for the cubs to cook on a tranjia and will stand them in good stead for when they move into scouting and go on more camps where they have to cook for themselves. The fire alarms got a good workout, but don't worry there was nothing set on fire. Judging by the smell, all the sausages were cooked to perfection and were all eaten at the end of the meeting.

The Up's and Down's

For the last two meetings, the cubs have been involved in the up's and down's of Scouting. The up part was climbing on the boulder wall in the Annexe, whilst the down was abseiling in the Ranche. For the majority of cubs this was their first time abseiling as they launched themselves off the beams at the top. All the cubs enjoyed themselves, but we didn't have any budding volunteers to do an Irish crucifix. To keep the rest of the cubs occupied, we ran a number of other activities. We had the cubs making and cooking their own pancakes in preparation for Pancake day. A number of the cubs undertook a tracking challenge on the field, as they had to work out what shape they had made based on the directions they were given. Due to the wet weather and issue with the milk and eggs, the cubs worked their way through the Home Safety badge.