Our Activities during 2011-2012  
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Sunday 15th July 2012 - Picnic in the Park at Tredegar House


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Thursday 12th July 2012 - Ping Pong


How much fun can you have with a ping pong ball?  Well, we built towers out of drinking straws with a plastic cup at the top and bounce the ping pong balls into them.  Later we played table top blow football.

Tuesday 10th July 2012 - "Citius, Altius, Fortius" ("Faster, Higher, Stronger")


The 2012 Olympic Games starts in just a couple of weeks.  We held our own mini-games which included the following track & field events:

1. The backwards crab-walk relay;

2. The drinking straw javelin into a bucket throw;

3. The standing long jump;

4. The bean bag shot put;

5. The hoola hoop;

6. The wierd combo golf/croquet/curling ball into a goal; and

7. The ping pong ball egg & spoon relay


Also, Bagheera presented commemorative Queen's Diamond Jubilee Scout Medals for best attendance at weekly troop meetings and for best attendance (and participation) at the monthly Church Parade Service.

Thursday 5th July 2012 - Cubs Beetle Drive

Tuesday 3rd July 2012 - Scouts make their own Turk's Head knot woggles


This was a tricky one, but our scouts were up to the challenge.  Click on the photo or on this link to get the instructions.

Friday 28th June - Sunday 1st July 2012 - Cub Camp at Woodhouse Park, Bristol. 

Saturday 23rd June 2012 - Beavers Fun Day at Noah's Ark, Bristol


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15th - 17th June 2012, All Wales Scout Camp at Builth Wells


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Thursday 14th June 2012 - Father's Day Craft

Tuesday 12th June 2012 - Scouts get ready for Camp

Thursday 31st May 2012 - Cubs celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee


Just like the Queen we had our very own crowns, although her's are not made out of shiny cardboard... least, we don't think they are.  We finished the evening by investing our newest cub.  Click on the photo or this link to see more.

Wednesday 30th May 2012 - Scouts presented with their Fire Safety Awareness activity Badge by the Chief Fire Officer


Click here or on the photo to see more.

Thursday 24th May 2012 - Cubs pioneering


We started tonight's pack meeting by investing a new cub.  We then went outside to enjoy the gloriously warm weather and build flag poles using bean canes lashed together using string.  Click on the photo or this link to see more.

Thursday 24th May 2012 - Beavers play parachute games


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Tuesday 22nd May 2012 - Basic Skills quiz


Do you recognise this well-known knot? We set our scouts a challenge to find and answer twenty basic scouting skills questions that we had hidden in the grounds around the hall. To test your knowledge, click on the icon below. Good luck.

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Thursday 17th May 2012 - National Sandwich Week

Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th May 2012 - Scout Community Week


The scouts did their bit for Scout Community Week by helping to cleanup the playground wall at Crindau Primary School.  Click on the photo or this link to see more.


Scout Community Week is a UK-wide fundraising initiative, supported by B&Q, to help Scouts 'do 1 thing' to have an impact on their community.  Scout Community Week gives us the chance to work together on community projects or events to raise money for local and national Scouting.

Jamboree on the Trail (JOTT) - Beavers, Cubs & Scouts visit Newport Wetlands, Saturday 12th May 2012


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Thursday 10th May 2012 - Tracking skills

Tuesday 8th May - Preparation for Scout Community Week

Thursday 3rd May 2012 - Cubs hike to Grove Park

Tuesday 1st May 2012 - Planning for Scouts Community Week



Saturday 28th April 2012 - Scouts District Cycling Event



Tuesday 3rd April 2012 - Hot dogs in Grove Park


We walked up to the top of Brynglas, then down through the woods into Grove Park.  We played football and enjoyed hot dogs.  Click on the photo or this link to see more.

Thursday 29th March 2012 - Easter & chocolate


Spring arrived!  We played outside for the first time in months.  The only thing that could get us back indoors was chocolate - we made chocolate nests, dipped marshmallows and played the always popular chocolate relay race.


If you want to learn some really interesting facts about Easter, eggs and Easter eggs, click on this link or on the picture.

Tuesday 27th March 2012 - Scouts mapping


We started planning for the next District Scouting event - the marathon cycle ride from Fourteen Locks to Penalta Park.  By using the map six-figure grid references we were able to plot the route and all the checkpoints along the way.  For more information, go to our Future Events page.

Tuesday 20th March 2012 - Balancing biscuits


Tonight's challenge was to build a bird table-type stand (approx 1m tall), strong enough to balance our biscuits on.  Click on the photo or this link to see the results.

Thursday 15th March 2012 - St. Patrick and Ireland



Tuesday 13th March 2012 - Scout craft night

Thursday 8th March 2012 - Cub craft night

Tuesday 6th March 2012 - Scouts table-top foosball


This was one of those games that sounded good in principle but was actually hard to play.  Imagine playing football when you are sat in a chair.  We've no idea which team won or what the score was.


Thursday 1st March 2012 - St. David's Day


Today we celebrated all things Welsh and learnt more about the patron saint of Wales and his life.  Click here or on the Flag of Saint David to learn more about him.  We also made some giant leeks out of newspaper - click here to see the photos.

Tuesday 28th February 2012, Scouts build and fire ballistae!!



Sunday 26th February 2012 - Scouts district climbing event



Saturday 25th September 2012 - Cubs visit Big Pit



23rd February 2012 - Cubs cook pancakes



21st February 2012 - Scout cook pancakes

Thursday 2nd February 2012 - Red


We had a red quiz and we had to plan a meal for Akela that consisted entirely of red food items.

Wednesday 1st February 2012 - Scouts visit Malpas Fire Station


We enjoyed a brilliant evening visiting Newport Central Fire Station, off Malpas Road, for our Fire Safety Awareness activity badge and our Community Challenge award.


Click on the photo or this link to see more.

Thursday 26th January 2012 - Chinese New Year


Tonight we learnt about the Chinese New Year, made some red envelopes and enjoyed a Chinese banquet.

Tuesday 24th January 2012 - Scouts cooking eggybread with Raksha


We started the evening by investing some new scouts.  Afterwards, Raksha showed us how to make everybody's favourite - eggybread.  Click on the photo or this link to see more.

Saturday 21st January 2012 - Beavers junk modelling at Caerleon HQ


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Thursday 19th January 2012 - Cubs Homehelper Badge


The first part of gaining this badge involves learning how to clean, polish and generally tidy up.  But this also means we need to understand how to use cleaning products safely and to take care when using electrical tools, especially a hot flat iron.


The second part requires us to keep a daily log of our cleaning and tidying activities when we are at home, bed making, washing up etc.  One these logs have been update for a whole week we need to bring them back to Akela as evidence of all our hard work.

Tuesday 17th January 2012 - Scouts do some more planning


Last week we planned what we are going to do this year; this week we talked about how.  Look forward to a lot of walking.

Thursday 12th January 2012 - Cubs meet back after Christmas break


First night back; we found out what Father Christmas brought us.


We also played a few games that relied on three important things: listening, understanding and asking questions.

Tuesday 10th January 2012 - Scout planning night


Tonight we all sat down and planned what we intend to achieve in the next seven months:

  • Finish off our Community Challenge award and gain our Fitness Challenge award,
  • Spend five or more nights outside to earn our Nights Away stage 5 badge, and
  • Gain either or Mechanics activity or our caving activity badge... Hmmm, not sure about that last one.

We also plan to fit in some hikes and even night hikes and maybe even a quiz night to raise some funds for the troop to go on camp.

Tuesday 20th December 2011 - Scout Christmas Bowling Party



Thursday 15th December 2011 - Cubs Santa hunt and McDonald's Christmas party


Before our party we explored the neighbourhood, searching for Santa and counting snowmen and reindeers and descovering which is the most popular colour of Christmas light - green, we think, or maybe red.


We eventually got to McDonald's and had a great party.  Click on this link or on the photo to see some more.

Tuesday 13th December 2011 - Scouts Christmas Fun


Not to be out-done by the cubs, tonight we made our own edible snowmen and Rudolphs.  We also had a competition to see which team could make the longest newspaper chain and we played the always popular chocolate relay race.  We finished the night by telling some the worst ever jokes from crackers.

Sunday 11th December 2011 - Uniform Youth Groups Christingle Service


Well done to all the beavers, cubs and scouts who took part in the service.

Thursday 8th December 2011 - Cubs make edible Rudolph & Snowman


Christmas is getting closer!  Tonight we made a Rudolph from melted chocolate and a marshmallow snowman... Yum!  Click on the happy cub on this link to see the photos.

Tuesday 6th December 2011 - Scouts invested/Cinnamon candles


We started the evening by investing four scouts who had recently moved up from Cubs.  Click on the photo or this link to see more.


Tonight our Christmas craft involved decorating our cinnamon candles.  Click here to see the instructions so you can make your own.

Thursday 1st December 2011 - Cubs craft night

Tuesday 29th November 2011 - Scouts games night


We introduced our newest members to some of favourite games, such as bucketball, grab the beanbag and jump the rope.  Phew!

Saturday 26th November 2011 - Scouts help at Christmas Fayre


Our scouts ran the books, games and bric-a-brac stall at the All Saints Church Christmas Fayre.  Click here or on the photo to see more.

Thursday 24th November 2011 - Cubs Map Reader Badge week 2


The second week of our mapping skills; we followed compass directions and tested our ordnance survey identifications.


To find some really useful mapping info, check out what the scouts did on 11th October, see below.

Tuesday 22nd November 2011 - Scouts visited by Neighbourhood Policing Team


This week we welcomed our special guests from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team.  They told us about their important role in our community and how we can do our bit as citizens.  To learn more about our Neighbourhood Policing Team click on the Gwent Police badge or on this link.

Saturday 19th November 2011 - Beavers visit St. Fagans: National History Museum


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St Fagans: National History Museum

Thursday 17th November 2011 - Cubs Map Reader Badge week 1


Tonight we practiced reading a map, recognising map symbols, using a compass and identifying grid references.

Tuesday 15th November 2011, Scouts cook and taste pre-pouched camp food


Available from most camp or outdoors shops, ready-to-eat meals in a pouch are great for making a delicious meal in very little time and without any real effort.  In just 7-8 minutes our boil-in-the bag meals were ready for sampling - we tried chicken casarole, spicy vegetable & pasta, meatballs & pasta, and chocolate pudding.  But our favourite was Chilli con carne, yum!  Click here or on the photo to see more.

Sunday 13th November 2011, Beavers, Cubs & Scouts march through Newport in Remembrance Sunday Parade.


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Saturday 12th November 2011 - Scouts Emergency Aid


Three of our troup attended an Emergency Aid training course at Caerleon HQ.  Click here or on the photo to see more.

Thursday 10th November 2011 - Cubs 'Fireworks' games night


Continuing last weeks' fireworks and bonfire night crafts and activities, all our games tonight involved a firework theme... BANG!!

Tuesday 8th November 2011 - Newspaper Hockey


In the fine tradition of inventing new games, we came up with something involving newspapers and which looked like hockey, and we called it "Newspaper Hockey".

Thursday 3rd November - Cubs' Bonfire Night Craft


We made edible fireworks out of sweets and paper fountains with colourful streamers.

Tuesday 1st November 2011 - Scouts visit to Sainsbury's


Click here or on the Sainsbury's logo to see the photos from our visit. 

Thursday 20th October 2011 - Weather Week 2


We learnt more about weather and how to measure it.  Our task for the school half term break is to keep a diary of the weather every day until we meet again.  To find out even more about weather why not visit the fascinating Metrological Office website, www.metoffice.gov.uk or click on our Met Office badge.  -->

Tuesday 18th October 2011 - Community Walk


This week we walked around our community and considered the things in our neighbourhood that we may see every day and not particularly like, for instance litter.  One organisation that is doing its bit to clean up this unwanted mess is McDonalds, click here to learn more.

Thursday 13th October 2011 - Weather Week 1


Where does wind come from and how do we measure it?  We learnt about tornadoes and hurricanes and even saw one... in a pop bottle!! Honest.  We made wind socks and started building our wind-o-meter.  Click here to learn more about wind.

© Crown Copyright 2011
© Crown Copyright 2011

Tuesday 11th October 2011 - Mapping, Compass Points and Grid References


We did a few simple exercises to refresh our map reading and navigation skills.  This also involved identifying several well-known local landmarks and then finding them on an Ordnance Survey® map of Newport.


Here are some really useful guides from OS to help you improve your map reading skills.

Mapability Compasses and Directions.pdf
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Map Reading made easy peasy.pdf
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Thursday 6th October 2011 - Hedgehogs


After a few weeks of unseasonally warm weather, Autumn has arrived.  We talked about hedgehogs and how it is important to check under bonfires before lighting them in case any hedgehogs are sleeping there.  To learn more about out prickley friends click on the photo or visit www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk.

Tuesday 4th October 2011 - Soap Box Derby trials


<-- Ours is much better than this, honest.


Next Saturday is the District Scout Soap Box Derby - see here for the details.


Having spent all last weekend building our kart, we had exhaustive trials in the car park to devise the best racing set-up.  Obviously, we can't publish all the details here just yet in case our rivals are checking out this website [which they do].


Thursday 29th September 2011 - Celtic Crosses


This week we learnt about Celtic Crosses and we made our own using clay.

Tuesday 27th September 2011 - Toffee Apple Night


Not to be outdone by the cubs, we had a similar apple-tasting session... but we also made cooked our own runny toffee mixture in to which we dipped our apples.  To get the recipe click on this link.


Click on this link to see our photos.

Thursday 22nd September 2011 - Apple night


We invested five new Cubs whom have recently moved up from Beavers.


Tonight we celebrated the humble apple - we tried different varieties, learnt about others and played, of course, crab-apple football!!

Tuesday 20th September 2011 - Scouts Community Challenge Award Planning night


We started thinking about how we are going to earn our Community Challenge Award.  We discussed types of issues that trouble our communities and what sort of things we could do to make our communities better.  We also invented Crab-Dodgeball.

Thursday 15th September 2011 - National Cupcake Week


This week is National Cupcake Week, so we decorated some of own and learnt about famous cakes from around the world.  To find some delicious cupcake recipes from Annabel Karmel, click on this link or the photo.

Tuesday 13th September 2011 - Makaton & Crab Football


We learnt the scout promise using Makaton, a signing language which provides a basic means of communication and encourages language development in children and adults who have communication problems.  Click on this link to learn the scout promise.  Then we had a mamoth game of crab football using ur brand new goalposts.

Thursday 8th September 2011 - First night back for Beavers & Cubs



Tuesday 6th September 2011 - First night back for scouts


We caught up with the news of how everybody had spent their summer break and played a "news quiz" made up from articles in today's South Wales Argus newspaper.

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