We started the meeting off with a few exiting rounds of bingo! Ratty’s favourite number name being ‘fat lady with a cane’. After this, we relaxed with a satisfying activity of soap carving. Our challenge was to carve out a symbol that you’d find on a map and to guess what others had made.
This week we were joined by a member of The Magic Circle who performed a show for us! In one trick he read minds, guessing words people were thinking of and names of films. In another, he turned a glass full of water upside down without anything spilling. When Sophie tried it over Scully’s head... it did not work!
He also revealed how to do a couple of magic tricks with cards, which we all tried out at home.
This week we put on our chef hats and joined together to make our tea on Zoom! We were assigned a random country from spinning and wheel and could choose and cuisine from that place, including France, Mexico, Spain and others
This week’s night took inspiration from the Task Master show! We began by timing who could eat a while banana the quickest, times ranging all the way from 22 seconds to 3 minutes! For the next two tasks, we became creative fashion designers by making contemporary looking hats out of anything.... except a hat. Next we grew lots of facial hair, using whatever we could find in our houses to create a beard! After this, we had another creative task where we used Ratty as a model and drew an upside down portrait of him. Lots of Picasso like artwork!! The final task was another food one, testing who was fastest at peeling potatoes, good knowledge for next camp!
Due to another lockdown, explorers is back on Zoom for now!
This first week we started with a quiz using knifes, forks and spoons representing our explorer leaders. Questions ranging from who sold football boots to Stephan Ireland to who got a masters degree!
Then we used our engineering skills to use paper to build tall towers, the tallest being a free standing 170cm one, followed by 105cm and 102cm! We also made strong bridges that could support whole trainers. We’ve now all definitely secured futures in engineering and architecture.
Now we have returned to face-to-face Scouting we have started to welcome back our Young Leaders. Young Leaders are aged between 14 and 18 and work alongside adult leaders to ensure that young people really get the chance to shape their own Scouting adventures.
On Sunday 18th our Young Leaders attuned back to Scouting training. As part of the training the Young Leaders were given the essential information to perform their role safely. Some of the young leaders were relatively new to young leadering and some were quite experienced so it was good for everyone to refresh to the same level.
We covered Module A, which provided the Young Leaders with the skills they need to assist with their sections and understand their role as a Young Leader.
We talked about how scouting was structured and chalked up some diagrams with our thoughts.
We also discussed why it’s important to provide activities safely and necessary to carry out risk assessments.
Each year we celebrate explorers birthday, and this week was no different! We had games and snacks and pop to share. Also, we shared our ideas about what we want adding to the programme for the following year and camps.
We began the night rushing around Tescos with exactly £7 for two groups! Our menu needed to have a main course and a dessert which would make a perfect meal for the leaders to judge. When we got back to the hut we didn't waste any time and got to work quickly on our gourmet meals. The two groups made mac n cheese, apple strudel, bangers n mash and a chocolate croissants.