|Our Activities During 2012 - 2013|
Thursday 28th February - St David's Day
To celebrate St David's Day (and all things Welsh), Baloo cooked his famous Glamorgan Sausages (Selsig Morgannwg). Thesese are made from leeks, cheese, herbs and breadcrumbs - originally invented as a poor man’s sausage, because it contains no meat, it is a popular and very tasty breakfast or supper dish.
Tuesday 26th February - Scouts make popcorn
Popcorn is high in fibre, low in calories, sodium and sugar and is fat free. It was first given to European immigrants landing in North America by Native Americans on Friday 22nd February 1630. The popcorn industry in the US alone is worth around a billion dollars a year with some 20million cubic metres of popcorn being eaten. Cinemas make more profit from popcorn than they do from ticket sales. Also, popcorn pops at 175ºC.
Tuesday 19th February 2013 - Scouts go white water rafting!!
Hard to do indoors... well, ok, we were prpreparing for when we get to do it for real by lashing together some bean poles to make a frame, to practice our knots. We also made some edible rafts out of breadsticks and chocolate roles all tied together with strawberry laces.
Thursday 24th January 2013 - Cubs & Beavers Emergency Aid
Cubs and Beavers learnt how to deal with an emergency:
1 - Check for DANGER before you try to help somebody who has had an accident.
2 - Does the person RESPOND when you talk to them or squeeze their shoulders?
3 - Tilt their head backwards to open their AIRWAY and check they are BREATHING.
We will continue next week. To learn what to do in an emergency if you think the person is not breathing, either click on the badge or this link.
Tuesday 22nd January 2013 - Scouts potato night
With National Potato day fast approaching, we salute the humble spud with an evening of potato-related activities. Did you know potatoes provide energy and many of the key vitamins, minerals and proteins necessary for life. And in 1996 potatoes became the first food to be grown in space onboard the shuttle Columbia. Click here or on the spud above to learn more potato facts.
Highlight of the evening was cooking jacket potatoes and tasting different fillings - beans and cheese was by far the most popular. To learn how to cook the perfect jacket potator, just click here.
Saturday 19th January 2013 - Scout sleepover
Unfortunately the weather was too bad for the planned night hike, but we still enjoyed our sleepover in the hall. We made shelters out of newspaper, played "homemade" angry birds and toasted marshmallows out in the snow.
Click here to see the photos.
Thursday 17th January 2013 - Cubs learn about America
Click here to see the cubs make native American necklaces.
Tuesday 15th January - Scouts prepare for night hike
Thursday 10th January 2013 - Cubs games night
Tuesday 8th January 2013 - Happy New Year scouts
We set our our new year's resolutions for the coming year; not biting nails was a popular one.
Tuesday 18th December 2012 - Scouts Christmas Party!!!
Q. Why did the garage mechanic sleep under his car?
A. He wanted to get up oily in the morning!
Don't you just love cracker jokes. We had a great party with loads of great food, pop, a quiz and almost a wind-up sprout race.
Thursday 13th December 2012 - Beavers & Cubs Christmas Parties
Tuesday 11th December 2012 - Scouts Christmas Crafts
The aim for tonight was to make our own (cheap) Christmas decorations; such as decorating glass candle holders, cinnamon tree decorations and giant paper snowflakes. If you would like to make one these simple but attractive snowflakes click on the photo or this link.
Thursday 6th December 2012 - Beavers & Cubs Christmas Crafts
Tuesday 4th December 2012 - Scouts top secret night
Tonight we learnt to be secret agents - we cracked secret codes (or ciphers), wrote in invisible ink (milk) that only became visible over a candle flame and learnt morse code - message reads: "Come quick! Andrew has fallen in a hole!"
Tuesday 26th November 2012 - Scouts attempt World Records
Click here or on the logo to see our attempts to break the world records for eating baked beans, sweetcorn, jaffa cakes, and the record for blowing a Malteser for the longest time (without laughing!).
Thursday 22nd November 2012 - Cubs learn about the postal service
The Penny Black stamp, issued in May 1840, was the world's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. Sold for only a penny (in old money), aPenny Black in mint condition can be worth as much as £4,000 in modern money. Click on the Royal Mail emblem or here to learn more about the post.
Tuesday 20th November 2012 - Scouts start their fitness challenge
Sunday 18th November 2012 - Church Parade
This month we learnt about our link diocese of All Saints church, Primrose, which is in Highveld in South Africa
Friday 17th November 2012 - Badge Presentation Night and Group AGM
Saturday 17th November 2012 - District Scout Soap Box Derby
Tuesday 13th November 2012 - Scouts prepare Go Kart
Tuesday 6th November 2012 - Scouts Bonfire night
Tuesday 30th October 2012 - Scouts spooky walk around Newport
Thursday 18th October 2012 - Hot air balloons
Hot air balloons were invented in France in 1783 when Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier discovered that a fabric bag filled with hot air would rise. At first, they sent up a sheep, a chicken and a duck in their balloons. The first flight with people traveled over Paris for 5.5 miles and stayed up 23 minutes. To learn more about hot air balloons, click on the balloon or this link.
Thursday 11th October 2012 - Tilly tells us about Holland
Our good friend Tilly visited and told us about the International Four Days Marches Nijmegen (or Vierdaagse). It is the largest marching event in the world, organised every year in Nijmegen, Holland, in mid-July as a means of promoting sport and exercise. Participants walk 30, 40 or 50 kilometers daily, and, on completion, receive a royally approved medal (Vierdaagsekruis).
To learn more about, click on the medal or this link.
Tuesday 9th October 2012 - Scouts Pacing
Preparations for next year's Gwentrek have begun with us practicing pacing - the skill of measuring distances by counting paces.
We also played a blindfold sheepdog trial game, where players had to invent their own means of communicating instructions - witout speaking. Click on the photo or here to see more.
5th - 7th October 2012, Scouts at Gwentrek competition
Thursday 20th September 2012 - Harvest, Squirrels and Nuts.
We learnt about the different types of foodstuffs which are harvested, not just at this time and in our country but all around the world, to come to our tables.
We identified the different members of the squirrel family. Did you know that there are around 280 different species of squirrel. Most have big eyes which help them skilfully climb trees and avoid predators. Flying squirrels can’t fly like birds but they can glide between trees; some have been known to glide for distances of up to 90 metres (295 ft).
Squirrels eat mostly nuts, fruits and seeds so we tasted different types of nut. Nut allergies can be extremely dangerous to some people. To learn more about why some people's bodies "go nuts over nuts" click on the squirrel or on this link.
Tuesday 18th September 2012 - Scouts planning for Gwentrek GT12
We've now got the basis of a team and we need to review our skills. We practiced pitching our new tents, writing up a route plan card and organising what food we need to take.
Thursday 13th September 2012 - Beavers & Cubs start back
Tuesday 11th September 2012 - Scouts start back