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Scout News - 1st Stretford (Longford) Scout Group
Friday, 01 December 2023 19:08

Ironing, Necker Rolling, and Car Know-How!

It's not just tying knots and building fires—our scouts recently embarked on a journey of life skills that involved a bit of finesse with an iron, some clever necker rolling, and even a dash of automotive wisdom. Yep, you heard it right, we're talking about the elusive Skills Challenge Badge!

First up on the agenda: ironing. Now, before you roll your eyes and think about the mountain of laundry waiting at home, hear me out. Our Scouts took on the iron like pros, turning wrinkled messes into crisp, neat perfection. Who knew a simple household task could become a badge of honour? As they wielded their irons like seasoned wizards, the art of ironing became more than just a chore—it became a skill to be proud of.

But that's not all—neckers, those iconic Scout Neckers, got a makeover too. Forget the tangled, messy neckerchief look. Our Scouts mastered the art of the perfect necker roll.

Now, let's rev up the excitement a bit, shall we? The Scouts delved into the world of cars, exploring more than just the usual "vroom vroom." Checking oil levels, refilling wiper fluid, and ensuring the tires are safe and sound became second nature. Suddenly, our Scouts transformed into mini-mechanics, armed with the knowledge to tackle the open road. Who would've thought that working towards your Skills Challenge Badge would involve more than just tying knots and setting up tents?

Alright, adventure aficionados, gather 'round for the inside scoop on the Scouts' recent rendezvous with winter wonder at ChillFactor. Picture a crisp evening, a group of eager scouts donning their snow gear, and the promise of conquering the slopes armed with nothing but snowboards and a sprinkle of determination.

Under the watchful eye of ace instructors from the ChillFactor, our scouts kicked off the evening with an introductory lesson that transformed them from snow novices to fearless riders. Sure, there were a few spectacular tumbles as they navigated the initially slippery slopes, but what's an adventure without a sprinkle of laughter and the thrill of picking yourself up again? As the session unfolded, a collective metamorphosis occurred, turning these novices into confident snowboarders, carving their way through the snow with newfound finesse.

The real magic happened in the camaraderie that blossomed amid the snowflakes. Laughter echoed through the chill as scouts encouraged each other, celebrating every successful turn and rally from every fall. In the end, they not only mastered the art of staying upright on a snowboard but also discovered the deeper dimensions of teamwork and resilience that come with embracing the great outdoors. And to top it all off, this snowboarding escapade seamlessly wove into their adventure challenge.

Friday, 10 November 2023 12:30

Local Knowledge Badge

In a demonstration of dedication and versatility, the Scouts have been fervently working on a variety of badges, each representing a unique aspect of skill development and personal growth. The pursuit of the Local Knowledge badge had Scouts immersing themselves in the intricacies of their surroundings, becoming acquainted with every nook and cranny of their local area. From exploring routes and roads to discovering useful landmarks, the Scouts honed their navigational skills and deepened their connection with the community.
The Scouts undertook thrilling and unconventional challenge inspired by the popular TV show "Taskmaster." Taskmaster Mary, one of our leaders, orchestrated a series of exciting and unique challenges that put the Scouts' creativity and problem-solving skills to the test. From constructing elaborate contraptions to solving riddles with makeshift tools, the scouts enthusiastically tackled each task with determination, all while working in teams under the watchful eye of Taskmaster Mary. The atmosphere was electric as laughter echoed through the scouting grounds, punctuated by the occasional cheer of triumph. The challenges, designed to be both mentally stimulating and physically engaging, encouraged the Scouts to think outside the box and collaborate in inventive ways. Taskmaster Mary's guidance and keen observation added an extra layer of excitement to the event, as the Scouts eagerly awaited her feedback and ratings at the conclusion of each task. The Taskmaster-inspired extravaganza not only showcased the Scouts' versatility but also reinforced the importance of teamwork and adaptability in the face of unexpected challenges!
Friday, 10 November 2023 12:21

Nighttime Wide Games on Turn Moss

Under the moonlit sky, the Scouts recently embarked on an exhilarating adventure at Turn Moss, transforming the familiar landscape into a playground for nighttime wide games. As the sun dipped below the horizon, the Scouts geared up for a series of dark, strategic challenges that tested their agility, teamwork, and stealth. The moon cast a soft glow on the sprawling field as the Scouts eagerly delved into games like Capture the Flag, their senses heightened in the darkness as they navigated the terrain with a combination of strategy and stealth. Turn Moss became the ultimate outdoor arena for these nighttime wide games, where the Scouts embraced the thrill of evasion and pursuit. Split into teams, they worked together to outsmart their opponents, relying on communication and covert maneuvers to secure victory. The sounds of laughter and the occasional rustle of leaves filled the air as the Scouts reveled in the excitement of the games, fostering not only physical agility but also camaraderie and strategic thinking.

 Longford Scouts is an active Scout Group based at the Ranche in Longford Park, Stretford in Manchester. We accept boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18. We are a registered charity.