Perhaps you wake up from your tent on camp and see a HUGE “Ring of Fire” on the grass? Or maybe you hear a voice in the distance screaming “Great balls of Fire! I’m On Fire!” in the distance? What do you do? Panic and run? Continue listening to “Disco Inferno”? Or do you help?
As Scouts we may wish to help someone in need, but first and foremost we need to know how to keep ourselves safe around these very specific (perhaps unlikely) situations; but also any other encounter which we have with fire!
After a quick household smoke alarm count, we went on to learn about how to act safely around fire - both on camp, and away from Scouts. Scouts took an active part in discussing these elements, alongside creating fire safety posters. Overall the Scouts did a fantastic job! Perhaps a few of them may even turn out to be Stretford’s next batch of Fire Fighters!?
Pollution, and greenhouse gases affect us on a daily basis. As Scouts we should look after the environment around us. The best way to do this is to learn more about how we directly affect the environment around us! This week Scouts undertook the task to discuss more about environmental issues and how we can do our part to help both natural land and seascapes, and our urban surroundings!
Scouts then spent time creating their own Eco-Jar to harbour life, and grow their own bio-colony. This way the Scouts hold *a whole world in their hands (Even if it is just bacteria)! This should help Scouts understand more about how direct action can affect the world around them.
Our aim is for Scouts to take this knowledge into both everyday life, and to Scouts in the future. Can you cycle to Scouts when we resume face-to-face Scouting? Perhaps you’ll look for outdoor clothing which is made by sustainable manufacturers. Or even, just maybe… Scouts might take an active role in recycling on camp!
Tonight Scouts took part in a virtual baking session! The Scout Leaders were blown away by the Scouts creations last time around, so we decided that we kneaded to see more marvellous creations.
Although it may not be a matter of ‘loaf and death’, Scout did take this activity very seriously. We think at yeast a handful of the group may have a future in baking, as some of them found this weeks session a piece of cake!
That’s done week 2 of new term and it looks like we’re on a roll!
This week we worked on our digital citizen badge - this involved knowing about different parts of the computer and designing an advertisement poster for new leaders.
We had some creative posters - as you can see in the images section.
We finished off with a big quiz on internet security.
This week we worked toward our Air Activities badge this involved designing our own planes, learning about Concorde and spitfire. We also made and flew our own paper aeroplanes at home.
To finish off the badge we had a real pilot attend the zoom meeting to talk to us about how they became a pilot, the training and what a normal day looks like - thanks Rachel!
For our last meeting before the summer we held a game night.
We started off with kim’s game where we had to guess which objects disappeared through a range of pictures.
We then moved onto an Egyptian themed escape room where we split into small groups and had to solve the clues on screen.
This was followed up by an interactive game of guess who with all the Scouts dressing up in fancy dress and took the places of the characters normally used in the game.
We finished off with an explosive game of battleships!
Another FANTASTIC Virtual Scouting evening took place tonight. This week we tackled the great prehistoric outdoors by creating toilet roll dinosaurs! With arguably success all round, we saw a huge range of shapes, sizes, and colours (who knew so many dinosaurs have spots)... After this, we took on a few more paper based building and craft challenges. We also played a number of group games to put the Scouts brains in gear, and build some competitive sprit. It may not be the great outdoors, but we still had an absolute blast!
This week on Thursday after high demand, we returned to some Zoom cooking and baking!
The Scouts were given the length of the meeting to either bake or cook something delicious. They even got people in their homes to be their 'Taste-Testers. Nerve-wracking stuff!
Highlights of the evening include some banana bread, cat shaped cookies, lemon drizzle cake and some sumptuous scones.
Thanks to everyone for your efforts.
A big well done!
This week at Scouts it was time to get Creative!
Before we headed into the main activities Oliver played the "Generation Game" with us and we had to try and remember over 25 products and points were achieved for each item remembered. He certainly had a curious collection including camping items and condiments.
We then started our main event which included completing the following challenge using only newspaper and tape:
1. The Tallest Tower
2. The Longest bridge to hold your shoe (increasing weight)
3. Newspaper Shelters
3. Stepping through a postcard
5. Making a Fashion item
The Scouts were really a creative bunch and make some fantastic structures and clothing. This helped the Scouts work towards their skills and creative challenges.
The best part is the leaders didn't need to tidy up at the end (sorry parents for the mess!)
It seems that most of the nation has been doing PE with Joe. Well this week we decided to top that and did PE with Ratty.
We carried out a number of physical activities including a safe warm up, the tea-bag shot put, pencil javelin and star jumps.
Much like Joe, Ratty has an injured hand so our own Big Oliver had to take over and demonstrate pressups and planking.
We then moved onto doing some Zumba which Josh enjoyed very much.
Sarah from Cubs then joined and taught us some Yoga which helped us cool down and relax.
Finally we finished off with a Kahoot quiz to learn about the impacts of alochol, drugs, diet and lack of sleep.
A great an energetic evening - it's so tiring writing about everything we did!
This week on Thursday we were joined by two special guests - “Paul Hollywood” and “Marky Berry”.
The Scouts were set an hour to either bake or cook something.
We had some tasty dishes including focaccia, brownies, flapjack, Thai green curry, spaghetti bolognaise and much much more.
Well some to you all for your amazing efforts
The main focus of tonight's meeting was to "Escape the Zoom" - this was a virtual escape room with a number of challenges for which the Scouts earned keys to "Escape the Zoom"
We headed into our breakout rooms and completed challenges including solving grid reference and answering a number of tricky riddles.
After we all successfully "escaped the Zoom" we regrouped together and held a patrol forum in which we provided feedback on our favourite activities on zoom, what we would like to do in the future on zoom and what we really want to do when Scouts returns!
Survival skills are essential for any Scout, knowing how to create fires, build shelters, and use tools such as axes and saws correctly are all important. Over the past three weeks our Scouts have been creating Rocket Stoves, otherwise known as Tin Can Stoves. Using a regular tin can, we used knives, and metal saws to create stoves which can be cooked on.
The Scouts created a series of holes in the cans to feed oxygen into the fire, alongside a larger hole allowing fuel (wood found on the ground) to be added. Using kindling from around the Scout hut alongside vaseline we managed to get nearly every single rocket stove lit. Once lit, cans are turned upside down keeping all the energy inside the can. These stoves get very hot as our flame heats up the metal can allowing the Scout to cook directly onto the recycled can!
On the evening of Saturday 1 February 30 Cubs, Scouts and Explorers attended Stretford Leisure Centre to work towards completing our swimming badges.
Through the evening we swam, treaded water, dived for bricks of the bottom of the pool and swam many many lengths.
It was a successful evening and all of the 30 young people earned a swimmers badge between stages 1 and 4.