As the school's finish for Summer, so we come to the end of another Beaver year. We played some games and then had a Teddy Bear's picnic - with almost all of the Beavers bringing a soft toy with them.
This week we said good bye to William and Josie - we hope they enjoy going up into Cubs and stay with the Group for a long time,
The weather on Monday 12th was not good and many Beavers were missing last week, due to isolation. On Monday, the Beavers completed the Treasure Trail and then came back to the Ranche and played some water gates. On Wednesday, the weather was much kinder to us and we played watergames. The Beavers certainly enjoyed getting soaking wet (or most of them did)
This week the Beavers went on a Treasure Hunt around Longford Park. This was to cover part of badge where they had to do an outside activity with a purpose. The Beavers were given a list of clues and they had to find
the sign, or other relevant information.
The report this week is for the past 2 weeks. The Beavers had two activities - the story was told on the Monday and the Green Cross Code on the Wednesday. The second week the activities were changed over.
Deborah came and read a story to the Beavers - this was a story about a kite, that got stuck up a tree. As they could not get the kite down, they threw a lot of other items to try and dislodge the Kite. The Beavers were then given a piece of paper with the trunk of a tree printed on it. They then were given leaves and pictures of some of the items to decorate the tree.
The second activity was the Green Cross Code - the Beavers were given one word from a phrase appertaining to the Green Cross Code. The rest of the sentence was hidden in the grass - they had to find each sentence and determine which sentence it belonged too. Both weeks the weather was very kind to us.
The Beavers completed the various stages of the Cyclist Badge this week. On both Monday & Wednesday two Lodges went out with the Leaders & Beavers wearing High Vis. Vests to ride round Longford Park. Meanwhile the other two Lodges were completing tests of their riding prowess and learning the basics of biking safety and maintenance. A pleasant way to spend a nice evening in the park as well as gaining an Activity Badge.
This week the Beavers had to solve some team challenges which is part of the Teamwork Challenge Award.
1) A farmer has to get some corn, a chicken and a fox across a river but (s)he can only take one thing across at a time and cannot leave the chicken & corn or the fox and chicken together.
2) Remove a contaminated bucket from an island with help from a rope.
3) Guide a blind person along a string trail.
4) get the Lodge across a river with "floats" that only support one person and not enough to reach across the whole river.
As an alternative the other 2 Lodges were tackling an obstacle course. This is part of the Adventure Challenge Award.
This week the Beavers were using thin sticks and, depending on Mon or Wed Colonies, masking tape or gardening wire to construct something. We had given them some suggestions and pictures of full sized pioneering project such as a raft, flagpole or camp table. We found that using masking tape to secure the sticks did not work very well so the Wed Colony benefited from our experience. I provided lengths of fine gardening wire which worked much better. See a picture on the Monday post.
One of the games this evening was called "Beans" where the Leader running the game called out a different type of Bean and the Beavers had to do an suitable activity. For example "Runner Bean" had them running on the spot. It kept them warm and they seemed to enjoy it.
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.