Some updates from each of the sections from last term:
This term we have had some great activities, we started off with First aid, where all got themselves wrapped up in bandages, thanks to Andy Mortimore and his team for coming in.
We have also had the police visit, which was a great opportunity to lock the Beavers in the back of a riot van for an hour thanks to Sarah Harvey, Rob Condy-Young and their team, but I think next time they will arrive wearing their riot gear.
Not to forget the Guide Dogs who came in and did a talk for nearly 30 min, everyone was gripped by what they had to say and there was some very thoughtful questions asked.
We have focused on badge work this term, completing the Astronomers badge which involved making models and learning space facts.
Pancake night was interesting!! We tried to make and cook small pancakes using tins and tea lights, luckily I got to taste a proper one made in a saucepan and thank you to the parents that helped to cook.
As part or our balanced programme we have to look at Religion and Festivals so the first part of term was Chinese New Year with some great dragon mask making then we have just finished three weeks looking at Poverty in India, an Indian Festival and what charities help in India. We looked at what life is like in the slums of India and made a model of a shanty town followed by the Festival of Holi. We had a great curry night , with dancing and art work.
The beginning of term saw us completing the fitness challenge and the Scouts taking on the bleep test with ever increasing gusto as well as discussing healthy living. We celebrated completion with a games evening and rounded up the half term with a session on South Africa, including food tasting that seemed to go down well.
After half term we have learnt and refreshed our first aid. We tried cooking pancakes on open fires with limited success for many but some edible results.
We had another educational session from Sally Yeo discussing the important topic of Internet Safety and awareness. We then tested our knowledge of the local community and rounded up with some wide games in the woods and a construction challenge.
Outside our regular programme we also entered an enthusiastic team (Bethany, Jemma, Jack and Marli) to the district archery competition in January.
March was our first year participating in the March March run by South Brent Scouts. We had 9 Scouts (Jasmine, Amelia, Matt, Jack, Will, Finn, Theo, Marli, George) who joined up with other scouts from local Troops to make groups of about 6 to hike across the Moor. For many Scouts it was their first experience of wild camping on the edge of the moor beside a stream. We were blessed by the weather with clear blue skies although a cold night.
Finally congratulations are in order firstly to Tim for the arrival of a new daughter to the family. Secondly to Matt Harris who is our first Scout to achieve his Chief Scout Gold Award
The Explorers this term have been focusing on First Aid. We have taken the training up another level compared to that completed by the Scouts. The Explorers have been learning what to do with an unconscious child and baby as well as an adult (a big thank you to Dave Robinson from Torbay Hospital for his help teaching these skills once again), they have been learning how to recognise and what to do if they come across someone having an asthma attack, a heart attack, if a diabetic person has low blood sugar or if some one has signs of meningitis (thank you to Susie Patch (Group Secretary & GP) for helping run this session).
We have broken the first aid up throughout the term with a variety of other activities including an egg drop challenge, a visit from our tame Police traffic officer (thank you Sarah Harvey), a fencing evening (I think some of them had been watching a lot of The Musketeers as they picked up the skills pretty quickly!), a communication skills evening, pancake making (or at least attempted pancake making – I think some basic cookery skills may be called for next term, are there any volunteers who may like to come and help teach them?!?), and walking the Templer Way from Hay Tor to Newton Abbot.
We have awarded our first Explorer activity badge to Dan – who received his Performing Arts badge for his part in Aladdin at South Dartmoor. We have also awarded 4 Young Leader badges to Explorers helping in other sections within the Group, they are now undertaking further training to build on their leadership skills and hopefully achieve their Young Leader Belts.
This summer 3 of our Explorers and 1 leader are joining the County Explorer Expedition to Iceland. They are off to take part in an international jamboree. They are currently busy fundraising the £1000 they each need to raise to attend. Please look out for their fundraising events and support them if you can, it is a great opportunity for each of them to really get the most out of what Scouting has to offer.