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Scout News - 1st Stretford (Longford) Scout Group
Monday, 25 November 2019 08:14

Ice Skating 21/11/2019

This Thursday the Scouts visited Planet Ice in Blackburn to Ice Skate.

The kids had a blast and after a few slips and stumbles found their feet and were whizzing round in no time!

Even the leaders had a go and were zooming around with the Scouts.

Everyone was suitably worn out afterwards!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 20:23


When….the…sky hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore! We all know the song. Now our scouts know how to make a pizza pie, also known as pizza. As a part of their skills test, scouts learned how to fashion a pizza from the bottom up. Like Dr. Frankenstein let loose in a trattoria, scouts combined the raw ingredients for the pizza dough. If you’ve ever made pizza dough you will notice how it’s a task that seems like it’s the easiest thing in the world until your elbow deep in sticky matter and in need of assistance. They then smothered the rascal with any number of topping combinations to delight the senses and ready to bung in the oven for a delicious pizza supper. Thin & crispy base, deep pan and double decadence, none of which were on show, made way for classic pizza goodness straight from the old country which is a skill definitely worth learning.
Thursday, 06 April 2017 20:32

Bike Maintenance

As ever we’ve been busy, busy bees learning new skills. Over the past few weeks we have been focusing on bicycle maintenance. Scouts have been learning the ins and outs of how to look after their bikes. Do you know fork end from your dust cap? Do you even know what a derailleur is? Of course, you don’t. Neither do I, but I know some scouts that do or they do now anyway. Learning how to look after their bikes goes towards the scout’s skill challenge it is also practical for scouts to tackle any problems they might encounter when out and about on their bikes. Scouts also learn how to do all necessary safety checks on their bicycles to make sure it is safe and ready to ride. To paraphrase Sir Bradley Wiggins, “I think bikes are pretty good”. We couldn’t agree more Wiggo.
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 17:38

Climbing at The Depot: Manchester

As a part of the Scouts adventure challenge we’ve been on a little trip to The Depot Climbing Centre in Trafford Park for a spot of climbing and bouldering. What’s a “bouldering” I hear you say? “Bouldering is a style of climbing free from the use of ropes” say’s The Depot website. For those of you who don’t know, now you know. There is state of the art crash mats at the bottom of the wall just in case you decide to come back down with a bump. The Depot has the largest bouldering wall in Europe and is a fun way to build fitness as well as earn Scout badges and can be enjoyed by practically anyone so, y’know, give it a go. After a brief health & safety monologue, Scouts took to it like ducks to water and were clambering up and down walls like nobody’s biz. There’ll be plenty more high jinks coming up over the next few weeks, but until then have a good weekend.
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 16:25

Pancake Day!

Pancakes. Pancakes, pancakes……..PANCAKES! You’ll probably hear the word pancakes a lot today. So, I’ll start it off right here. The Scouts have been up to various capers, working towards their badges in recent weeks. Scouts working towards their local knowledge and sports enthusiast badges have also got to grips with learning some life skills. Possibly the most important life skill, and arguably the most underrated, is that of how to make a pancake. I’ve taken the liberty of adding a pancake recipe to this article. You’re welcome. Enjoy pancake day everyone. I’ll be back with more news from Scouts later in the week.

 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.