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.
Recently our group has been studying OS maps and compass' more than ever - since mid-January Scouts have been practicing their map reading skills in a controlled indoor environment. Every Scout can now take a bearing, identify key landmarks on an OS map, and also share knowledge of hazards which walkers may face while out and about. The next step will be for the Scouts to take charge and take on an adventure!
In the coming weeks we will be planning a night hike - although leaders will be supporting out Scouts, our goal is for the young people to navigate around the circuit all by themselves. Now our Scouts have learnt how to navigate safely, but do you know the answer to the following?
Where is north on an OS map?
A) Always pointing to the top of the map
B) Any direction - it depends on the compass
C) The bottom left hand corner
Over the last three weeks the programme has been in to thirds. With a third of the troop heading over to turn moss each week to do widegames.
These have included, capture the flag, manhunt and a number of games including glow sticks!
Invariably many of the Scouts have come back quite muddy after hiding in bushes and running through the fields but great fun was had by all!
Over the past few weeks, Scouts have been working on their personal challenge badge.
They have been tasked with completing two or more challenges aimed at developing personal skills both at home and at scouts. The badge work is completely tailored to each individual scout, and is a great way for them to overcome something they have found difficult in the past. Each challenge will be checked up on with every meeting, and is a sure way for the scouts to find independence, grow confidence, and gain ownership of their own award.
Examples of the Personal Challenge our scouts have come up with are:
Earn more than 2 badges in a week
Turn up in full uniform every week.
Clean their room once a week.
Complete homework as soon as it is set.
Help their parents cook a meal a few times a week.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without the Longford Scouts’ Christmas party now, would it?
The Scouts ran around laser quest zapping each other and burned off all their energy at the Laser Quest in the Trafford Centre. We all battled it out in the arena and went head-to-head on the endless climbing wall before descending on Pizza Hut to refuel and compare scores. It was a great way to end a jam-packed year at the group!