As part of their 'My World Challenge" the Beavers have to conribute to a community activity. This week 2 of the lodges went out on a litter pick in the Park whilst the other lodges sampled some items of fairtrade food and compared them to food that was not fairtrade. The lodges then swopped activities. Well done to Jay Lodge for collected the most litter.
On a very wet Monday night and a cold Wednesday night, this week the Beavers took part in Highland Games. They took turns to Toss the Caber, see how far they could run, threw the welly and saw how far they could jump. A good night enjoyed by all.
Sorry forgot to take a photograph - again
This week the Beavers had two activities - whilst two lodges were having a go at doing Archery, the second two lodges went out orienteering around the park. The Beavers were each given a map and a grid reference to find where we were going. The Beavers showed competence at
finding the right locations and enjoyed running around.
In the first week back to Face to Face Meetings the Beavers played games with a Lodge at a time being taken out to make finger puppets. Unfortunately each Lodge had insufficient time to colour in the puppet and cut it out in the time available. I hope that some at least completed them at home. The games played were those that the Beavers had said were their favourites at a recent Log Chew. The games were "Run or Catch" which depends on the Beavers ability to catch a soft ball whilst members of one Lodge are running round a circle. Then the old favourite of "Traffic Lights" where the Beavers run, walk or stop depending on the colour of the traffic light. Lastly "Corners" where the Beavers go to a corner, maintaining a 2 metre distance and hope that their corner is not the one chosen by a Leader. If so all in that corner are "rested" and so on until there is a winner.
This week the meeting was based on Easter. We started with a Duck Race. Each Beaver had a duck which was raced by computer to a finish line. No skill needed it was up to the computer as to the result of each race. We then had the Beavers chasing round their houses looking for hidden letters from clues given them. When they had collected the letters they had to work out a message. The meeting finished with the Beavers baking a chocolate cake using a microwave. I only managed to capture one picture of the results but there were some good looking cakes. Some could not resist the temptation to sample the raw results before they went into the microwave. This could well be the last of the Zoom Meetings. Some certainly hope so and cannot wait to get back to Face to Face Meetings even if they must be held outside. At least the weather should be getting warmer rather than when we last had Face to Face Meetings going into Winter.
At our Meeting on the 17th March we looked at most of the Global Issues Activity Badge with the last part to be completed when we get back to Face to Face Meetings. This week on the 24th we had a visit ,by Zoom, of a vet who told the Beavers about what it takes to be a vet with the PDSA. She also answered some of the Beaver's questions about animals. We also looked at 5 animals/birds and their habitat and food. There was a task by recognising what bird/ animal was in the picture when it 's picture was revealed a square at a time.
At our meeting on the 8th of February we had various games involving replica pancakes. First the "simple" one just tossing the pancake and catching it then we moved onto tossing on the move, whilst blindfold and facing backwards then turning round and catching it. We also made Valentine cards.
We decided to take a break for Half Term.
Last week we commemorated the Chinese New Year with looking at which animal was the sign for the year you were born. We also looked at what the lucky numbers, colours and characteristics were for different birth years. There was also a word search involving words associated with Chinese New Year celebrations and a True or False Quiz relating to China.
This week we have been looking at My Skills Challenge Award. We looked at teeth and why different animals have different types of teeth. From Teeth it was a natural step to look at food. We asked the Beavers about different foods as to whether they were health or unhealthy. The natural conclusion to that was a spot of exercise not that just doing 5 min exercise once is going to make you healthy and with Lock Down it is too easy not to do any exercise. I know I am missing going for a swim 5 times a week.
For our meeting on Wed 27th Jan we celebrated Burns Night but without any Haggis or bagpipes. Instead we worked on creating some basic poetry and designed a basic tartan. We also revisited the progress being made on the Beaver's Personal Challenge. Just another couple of weeks to go with their good works.
On Wednesday 13th January we tried out a joint meeting of both Colonies. The result was easier for the Leadership Team but the total number of Beavers was lower than the separate meetings the previous week so we will have to see what happens in subsequent weeks before a final decision is made. The subject of the meeting, on Zoom, was a Jungle Adventure. This involved the Beavers learning a few skills such as simple grid references, tying a reef knot, cracking a code, solving a problem and lighting a candle (under parental supervision). They also had to negotiate jungle creepers and tiptoe past a sleeping crocodile. It ticked a few badge boxes and I think they had an enjoyable evening which is after all the main objective.
This was out last week meeting outside, as lockdown comes to us once again this week.
The Beavers had an enjoyable evening by toasting marshmallows. They had to go and collect some twigs and put them on the embers of a fire and then toasting the marshmallow on a long cane. They then had
two sparklers each and after lighting them they stood and ate a toffee apple, whilst they watched a few fireworks.
The Beavers are now back holding face to face meeting, which are being held outside.
This week we celebrated Hallowe'en - the first task the Beavers had to do was to try and eat a doughnut tied on a piece of string, without using their hands. They were all asked to bring a empty tin can and these were then made into a pyramid and they had to try and knock them down with a football. Each Beaver was given a clipboard and they had to collect stickers to put on them. We went further into the Park and several glow sticks had been put around the area, with a bag containing the stickers. This was an activity they thoroughly enjoyed, especially as it was so dark and they had to use their torches.
This Monday the Beavers made a Mother's Day Gift. Unfortunately this will be the last Beaver Meeting for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus. We hope to be able to let you know soon what you can be doing to make progress with your Challenge Awards and Activity Badges during the enforced break in Scouting Activities.