Last week we forgot to take photos but enjoyed a night hike around the park, finding and collecting glow sticks on the way.
In honour of St Andrew’s Day, we held our own Highland Games this week. We played a sheep shearing relay race game with pegs, held a tug of war tournament and tried our hand at caber tossing and welly wanging.
On Wednesday we gave out another Bronze Award.
We continued working on our Teamwork Challenge by taking turns to lead our lodge in various challenges - including building flag poles, untangling a “human knot” and crossing the river using crates.
This week the beavers were focusing on their teamwork and leadership skills. They did this by working together to turn over a piece of tarp without stepping off, and working together to build the tallest tower and finally they had to draw a hand and write on each finger how they act there promise.
The remaining two Lodges had their turn at archery this week, learning how to use the bows safely, how to load an arrow and how to aim at a target.
The other Beavers enjoyed a mini football tournament (complete with live VAR commentary…!) and parachute games.
As part of our My World challenge, we visited Pets Corner to meet some of the volunteers who help to serve our community. We saw lots of the animals, asked lots of questions about them and took donations of fruit and vegetables to keep the animals well fed!
This week we welcomed several more new Beavers and we hope they enjoyed their time with us.
This week two lodges had a good time doing archery - the second two lodges will have their turn in a couple of weeks. The rest of the Beavers enjoyed playing some games inside and out in the park.
This was the first week back for the Beavers. We welcomed several new Beavers into the Colony and we wish them well as they join our group.
This week we played games and then, in preparation for the builders badge, the Beavers were asked to draw a model they would like to build from recycling material.
They were asked to write down any items they felt they would need for the model, in order for them to collect the material over the next few weeks.
For the final meeting before the summer break the Beavers played games enjoyed, with their teddy bears, a picnic and told the Leaders what they liked,and disliked, and what they would like to do when Beavers resumes in September.
The programme for this week was for Water Games but after looking at the weather forecast for the week the Leaders decided that having cold wet Beavers was going to be a good decision so the "wet" part of the programme was changed. So this week the Beavers have played a variety of games inside The Ranche. One of which is illustrated. The games is called Horse & Jockey though in the Beaver version unlike in the Cub & Scout versions the jockey does not actually get on the horse's back. On "GO" the jockey goes through the legs of the horse and runs round the outside of the circle and back to their starting position. Last riders are eliminated along with their horse until you end up with a winner.
The Beavers went on a Treasure Hunt finding the answers to a number of questions and using the Green Cross Code to cross a road. There was no physical treasure just using their eyes to find the answers to questions where the answers could be found simply by looking at various signs, poster or notices attached to walls, fences or posts. Most of the Beavers were successful in spotting the relevant signs. One of things the Beavers did at the recent camp was to attend a Camp Fire. One of the traditional things that can be seen at a Scout Camp Fire are "Camp Fire Blankets". These are of no fixed pattern they are of whatever form the owner wants or that they or their parent can design. When the Beavers returned from the Treasure Hunt they were able to see Naomi & Keith's Camp Fire Blankets. Each are of different designs with the various badges collected displayed differently. Illustrated is the front of my blanket which I arranged to show my Scouting history and the County Badges of some of the Scouts I have met over the years.