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Rocket LaunchScouts Blog : July 10, 2018 : Scouts
At the rocket launch on July 3rd, everyone had made a rocket and we shot them into the sky!
Making the rockets
The rockets started out as a cardboard tube, a plastic cone, and other pieces. We had a Scouts session and a few weeks to complete the rockets. When complete, they had a streamer to act as a parachute, three to five fins and a unique paint job.
We launched our rockets in Netherhall field, as it is a big, open space, as Colville school wasn’t big enough for the Scout 1 test flight. Before launch, we put an engine into each of our rockets, attached an igniter to the engine and plugged it on the rocket. Next, we shoved recovery wadding beneath the streamer and put the cone on top. We slid the rockets down the pole on the launch pad, clipped the wires to the igniter and we were done. Then we held down the launch key, waited for the countdown, and pressed the button. We have launch!!!
The good and the bad
Some people had made brilliant rockets that went sky-high and landed with nearly no damage, but some people had rockets that went down without streamers, or didn’t go up at all. My rocket got jammed on the launch pad the first two times, and each time it burnt a hole through the pad, but I had a successful launch, as most people did.
Written by: Alex (Falcon Patrol)
Expedition Camp – Eagle patrolScouts Blog : June 28, 2018 : Scouts
At the recent expedition camp I went to I did a lot of things. My favourites were Cooking and Fire lighting. I will explain these in more detail as you read on.
How we got there
We had to walk from Colville school to Cambridge train station where we got a train to Brandon. Then we walked for a few miles to get to the campsite. Overall, it took around 3.5 hours to get to the campsite.
When we cooked our food we had to make sure the gas was on before we put the match over the top of the Bunsen burner and if the gas wasn’t on the match wouldn’t light it. Once, when we had our fire going on the burner one of us accidentally turned it off when they tried to turn it up but had twisted it the wrong way. We had sausages, carrots and beans for tea and for breakfast we had pancakes with nutella, honey and sugar (not all at the same time!). The food was really good.
We found it quite easy to start a fire but when we started trying to make it last for a long time it was very hard because we had to collect all the sticks to fuel the fire. Eventually, we kept the fire going for about 20 minutes until it went out. When we got it going again we realised that we had to keep it small so it wouldn’t become a bonfire.
My favourite activity overall was Fire Lighting. I also enjoyed navigating our way there because it was a challenge. I also really enjoyed playing Capture the Flag in the woods late at night; it was tremendously fun.
Written by: Finn (Eagle Patrol)
Expedition Camp 2018Scouts Blog : June 25, 2018 : Scouts
I really enjoyed Expedition Camp, which is the second one I have completed. It was fun getting the train from Cambridge to Brandon and we walked the rest of the way to the camp site. This camp was way more exciting than the last because there was loads more to do, such as the tyre assault course and my patrol did a lot more cooking in the Dutch oven which was new to us.
I really love the idea of organising mostly everything for ourselves, and I have learnt something new every camp. For example, how to use a Dutch oven, or knowing how to put up a tent (which is a useful thing for a scout!) But one of the activities I have never done before is a tyre assault course. Basically, there are two tyres that are held up by a thick metal rope, and you stand on a raised platform with two planks of wood, one longer than the other. The aim of the game is to get your whole team across to the other platform without touching the ground. I found this very challenging because it was really hard to get the long plank of wood on to the tyre without dropping the plank itself. It is actually one of the hardest games I have ever played before, as we were timed to see who was the quickest patrol. This really stretched our legs and it was easy to get stuck between the tyres.
If I was to ever to go on another Expedition Camp like that, I would of stayed at Two Mile Bottom campsite again, as there was a giant climbing and abseiling structure as well which we didn’t get to go on. Maybe sometime soon!
Written by: Kieran (Kestrel Patrol)
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