As the end of term has arrived we have had couple of weeks of games only. Last week we had rounders, blind trail and tug of war in the local park. This week we had games and just dance in the hall, with party food, followed by water balloon games and finishing up with a water fight. End of term camp next weekend then 2 week break before we have some summer fun and summer camp in Enniskillen.
Well done to 6 scouts and 4 explorers (delayed expedition due to covid) who successfully completed the top award for Scout section. They worked very hard before, during and after the pandemic to cover all 9 challenge badges needed to achieve their Chief Scout Gold award. A fantastic achievement despite the pandemic. Well done everyone, us leaders are all very proud of you. (Two of the award recipients were unable to attend but we will award them as soon as possible)
On Friday night Scout section invited all sections, family and friends to come along to a street party. They planned the event the previous week and ran games during the event. Lots of families donated baked goods to sell during the evening, there was popcorn for sale, guess the number of sweets in the jar and a jubilee jumble fireside quiz sheet. We managed to raise £230 on the night and a further £20 from a family who were unable to attend. Thanks to all the leaders who helped out, the scouts, our fabulous YLs and PLs, the other sections and family members who supported the event. It was fantastic to see everyone enjoying themselves.
Scouts worked hard this week. They were removing weeds around the building and yard, dismantled rotten old planters, collected rubbish and painted the front fence. There were also some branches to saw up for firewood. Well done everyone and we hope you enjoyed your ice creams.
Scouts spent some time building stick rafts this week. After a variety of styles of rafts were created, they walked to the trim trail to test them out. Once the scouts were in the river and lined up, the rafts were released. The winning raft was HMS Noah. Unfortunately the net we stretched across the river failed to catch all the rafts and it was up to a leader and YLs to run downstream to retrieve them 😂😂
After a couple of planning sessions our eldest Scouts, and some Explorers who previously missed out due to covid, completed their exploration of the North Down Coastal path. Travelling by train to Holywood, then hiking the rest of the way to Crawfordsburn Scout Centre (leaders shadowing and checkpoints) for an overnight stay, before continuing on foot to Bangor the next day. They had Crawfordsburn all to themselves so made good use of the lid…playing badminton, rounders and cooking sheltered from the rain. Saturday evening we were entertained by lots of singing and dancing scouts/explorers on the stage. Well done everyone 🤩🤩
Thanks to Dave (Crawfordburn scout centre warden) for opening the country park gates to allow us to visit Tesco.
This week scout section visited Downhill forest. We walked around the forest trail adding 1.6 miles to our Platinum Jubilee Challenge (to walk 70 miles before the Jubilee bank holiday). Up on Dungannon hill, scouts foraged for wild garlic to make garlic butter. They used this to make garlic toasties on the campfire. They also made some campfire cones with marshmallows and chocolate buttons. Young leaders ran a quick game of rounders to finish up.
This weeks meeting took place on Earth day, so we took scouts on a hike from Portballintrae to the Giants Causeway to appreciate the scenery. As its St George’s Day weekend, we renewed our promises on the main Causeway stones. It’s also National Jelly bean day so everyone got a pack of Jelly beans to enjoy before returning to Portballintrae as the sun was setting.
Scouts visited Waterfall caves at the weekend to take part in a survival camp. After hail stones the day before we couldn’t believe our luck with the lovely spring sunshine on arrival.
We had backwoods cooking, different types of survival bags/shelter and how to use them, natural shelter team competition, lots of time for scouts to play wide games or hang out, campfire with hotdogs, sleeping under tarps in survival bags (in temps down to 2 degrees) and an early morning walk around the lake at Binevenagh and up to the viewpoint. It was great to see the more established scouts leading and mentoring our younger scouts. Well done to all our scouts (especially the 1st time campers) 👏🏻👏🏻
With such a great spell of weather this week, we decided a trip to the coast was in order. On arrival at Portrush the group split in half to complete the 1st activities. Lighting tuna can stoves on the beach with flint and steel to toast marshmallows and keep warm while the other half were practicing their phonetic code on walkie-talkies, then swap.
Then we had some games and races on the grassy area above the beach before a final stroll along the promenade.
This week scouts were challenged to come up with a 2 night camp in their patrols. They had to choose the venue, decide how to get there, plan the camp programme, plan the menu, figure out what equipment they would need to take and calculate a rough cost for the weekend. At the same time, each patrol had a go at soft archery in preparation for the upcoming County archery competition. At the end of the evening the patrols presented their camp plans. Some interesting plans and a useful guide to leaders when planning future camps.
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise…Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and YL’s all met in Somerset Forest. We were unable to meet at the hall this week due to the main hall floor being repaired. So a bit of outdoor fun was in order 😃
A wee walk up to the top of the forest, some refreshments and then time to mix up the sections. Team leaders and scouts helped the younger sections to make shelters. All groups made natural shelters and a few had time to make tarp shelters too. Some great teamwork out in the fresh air.
Traditonally February is all about fitness with our Scouts. This year we haven’t been able to do our normal full month of fitness but thanks to Paul Humphreys we covered exercise and nutrition in one night 💪🏼
First a quiz to learn how much our scouts knew about nutrition. Some shocking information about sugar followed by a work out with doors open for ventilation
Thanks to Paul for putting the scouts through their paces 😄
A few weeks ago scouts wrote postcards to 1st Kempsey scouts, New South Wales, Australia. This week we received a parcel from the group with letters, a typical scout uniform, badges, info on Scouts Australia and the local area and some tasty Aussie treats
Scouts tasted the treats and apricot delights were voted as the best. They were challenged to translate some aussie slang in their patrols Well done to Wolves for earning most points 👏🏻
They enjoyed some silly games (elephant ball and kangaroo hop relay) with the Aussie beach balls we were sent and some balloon games too
At the end of the evening all scouts received an australian flag badge, koala carmello, sticker and scoutwired info.
Check the Facebook comments for some silly videos 😂
Scout section started their survival activity badge. Four bases…make a survival tin, axe skills, wood burning properties and tuna can stove/mini campfire
Tonight scouts started their international badge. As it’s Australia Day next week we thought this would be a good time to make a start.
Scouts decorated boomerangs in Aborigine style (dots and symbols). Then they wrote postcards (had to explain to many scouts what postcards were!! Feeling old 😂😂). We’ll send these to a scout group we have linked with in New South Wales, Australia. We’ll be sending these, some info about the local area, a few group name tapes and a sample uniform in the next week or so. Once the group receives our package we will get some post back at a later date 😃
Scouts had a stave game to start off tonight and then learned how to make a tripod lashing tonight. Then they added tarps etc so they had shelters to hide behind for nerf team games. As we have a large group of scouts we had to split them in half …. Some playing nerf games and some enjoying tuck shop and hanging out. Then swap over. Some very competitive scouts 💪🏼
On Friday night scouts got dressed in Halloween costumes and completed a 2 mile night time walk around Springwell Forest. Families were invited to join us too. Afterwards everyone was offered s’mores, hot chocolate/tea/coffee and donuts (thanks Joy). It turned out dry after an initial drizzle and we were treated to some lovely starry skies at times. Well done to all that took part, especially the younger siblings.
Tonight, after a game of “bean bag” scouts were assigned patrols. Patrol leaders and assistant Patrol leaders were selected and then they were given 4 challenges.
1. Create an outfit and hat out of paper. Leaders judge best outfit. Some very creative scouts, maybe some fashion designers of the future.
2. Make a paper aeroplane, whoever’s flies furthest wins.
3. Make a paper cup, no cello tape allowed, to hold water for a minute
4. Tallest free standing tower, only using cello tape and paper.
Patrol points awarded, scouts chose their patrol names (Tiger, panther, wolf and Kingfisher), tuck shop and then a couple of games of dodgeball to finish off.