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27th Cambridge take over parkrun

Andrew : August 15, 2019 : Scouts

With a few of our Scouts and leaders being regular parkrunners, it seemed a great opportunity to introduce the other Scouts and parents to parkrun. We agreed a day when our troop would “take over” the event at Coldham’s Common – this would mean we filled most of the volunteering slots as well as taking part in the run.

parkrun is a weekly timed run, taking place a thousands of locations worldwide on a Saturday morning. Encouraging fitness, fun, volunteering and community, it is a fantastic fit with Scouting. Anyway, after a slow start to signing up, we ended up with 26 volunteers and about 15 runners promising to come to the event.

On the morning of the event it was an early start: 8:30am. Luckily everyone arrived and were briefed on their roles. The marshalls set off to their positions and then it was the turn of Owen, one of our Scouts, to brief all the first-time runners on what to expect. Micah, another of our Scouts, was the (shadow) run director and briefed everyone on the course conditions before starting the clock.

It was great to have our Scouts out as marshalls – they did a really good job of encouraging all the runners. The finish funnel was also expertly managed by Scouts George, Esmé and Sienna.

Running 5km is always a good excuse for a treat and many Scouts and parents had baked yummy cakes which we were selling to raise money for Jimmy’s Cambridge.

Micah also wrote the run report which can be read here, and Finn and Otis have committed to running and volunteering at parkrun over the summer towards their Personal Challenge badge. All in all, a fantastic morning and we look forward to doing something similar next year.

Owen briefing the first-times

Group environmental project and AGM day.

Scouts Blog : July 21, 2019 : Beavers, Cubs, Scouts

on the 7th of july the 27th scout group did an environmental project day in which there was 3 different activities.

1. A litter-picking session,

2. a church clean up and hedgehog home making session and

3. A garden makeover.

I was part of the garden makeover.

Before makeover, the whole garden, a bush

When we saw that we were meant to level this, i’m sure a few of us felt a little disheartened. But does that stop the 27th scouts? No it doesn’t. So we set of on the 2 hour makeover and sure enough, we started to make good progress. Discovering a part of the garden that had probably not seen sunlight for the better part of 3 years was interesting as there was a long forgotten water butt and a packet of unopened magic stars that were long out of date. Also, we had a little competition, Who can find the weirdest thing? Ranking 1st came a bird table which had been swallowed up by the bush. Ranking 2nd was a thermal jacket.

After about an hour we had finished a little more than half the garden and we were feeling proud. And for some reason, we were asked to keep the bush at the back of the garden. So we decided to keep it in style, we gave it a bowl cut (no bowls used). Soon we found that our Madingley Mulch cutting bags were full, so we did what was necessary and jumped on them. At the end of the session it was impossible to recognise the garden as it was before and we were ready for the AGM (annual group meeting) barbecue.

After the garden makeover:

Written by: Gabriel

Expedition camp blog

Scouts Blog : June 16, 2019 : Scouts

On the weekend of 8 & 9 of June the 27th Scout troop went on an expedition camp to Danemead campsite near Broxbourne. In preparation each patrol were given a budget to buy their own food and arrange their own travel to the campsite. All patrols decided to take the train to Broxbourne station and walk the rest of the way.

When we arrived on site we first had to put up camp, for us that was the hammocks but other patrols had to set up tents.

Then it was time for dinner, but first we had to cook the food on the stoves, some of which did not work so some patrols had to cook on the open fire instead.

After dinner we all enjoyed the big camp fire with songs and games for entertainment.

After a good night s sleep it was time to make our breakfasts and lunch and then pack away the camp before the walk and train journey back to Cambridge.

Overall it was a very good camp and everyone had a great time.

Written by: Charlie

Change of plans

Scouts Blog : May 20, 2019 : Scouts

On Sunday 12th May the 27th Scouts met up at the train station  meaning to go to Ashwell&Morden  but annoyingly the trains were cancelled so the leaders had to look at the map and decide were to go. Once they had decided where to go we split into groups (we got to decide who we were with). When it was our turn we set off. We all took turns reading the map. We went through Grantchester then Barton then Coton. When we got to our lunch point we had a break and had lunch which was around 30 minutes then all of the groups set off again. We were last but that turned out to be a good thing because we had to go through a rifle range and they were shooting so the other groups had to go back but we didn’t so we were then in 1st place.  When we were outside the rifle range they weren’t shooting so we went round the long way for nothing. We went through fields and fields and fields then somehow we were in the city center. We were all really tired so we took a bus back to the train station.

Written by: Jacob

Annual MasterChef Evening

Scouts Blog : May 6, 2019 : Scouts

On Tuesday 30th April we had a MasterChef evening. Each patrol picked a celebrity and cooked food to do with their chosen celebrity. There were celebrities like Bear Grylls, Steve Jobs, Jamie Oliver, Beyoncé, Elon Musk and Gino D’Acampo.

The guests got to vote on the best savoury dish, the best sweet dish and the best table wow factor. The guests were made up of parents, scout leaders from other troops and some former scouts. We had two hours to prepare everything! Falcon patrol won best savoury dish with burritos, Mexican rice, salsa and guacamole. Cobra won the best sweet dish with tiramisu. Their table also won the best table wow factor. Other dishes included apple themed food on the  Steve Jobs table, halloumi fries on the Jamie Oliver table, tomato soup on the Elon Musk table, vegan cheesy garlic bread on the Gino D’Acampo table and buffalo worm brownies on the Bear Grylls table.

Whilst the guests went round trying food there was a slide show of pictures showing events from the last year of scouts.

We worked hard and it was a fun evening. The guests also enjoyed the delicious food.

Written by: Kirsten

 

PL/APL Camp 2019

Scouts Blog : May 2, 2019 : Scouts

The PL and APL Camp is an annual camp where the leaders of the patrols go to practice scouts skills for themselves without having to watch their groups. Camp lasted from Saturday 30th March to Sunday 31st March and this year we cycled to a remote campsite in between Wicken Fen and Anglesey Abbey with platforms to sleep on. I enjoyed the camp with it’s scouting activities such as estimating distances and the height of trees. The PL/APL’s led the activities and helped to cook meals under the supervision of the troop leaders. I like this camp because it gave me the opportunity to practice my skills in a small group of scouts at the same age as me.

Written by: Tomas, PL Eagle

Forward Hike 2019

Scouts Blog : April 12, 2019 : Scouts

This Saturday, 9th of March, the 27th Cambridge Scout troop headed to Linton Village Hall, to take part in a hike.

There were 42 teams at the event in all, and there were eight points to get through (A,B,C,D,E,F,G,HQ). We all started from different points at different times, with an interval of ten minutes between teams. At B,D and F there were activities, at the others was an unmanned cone where you had to pierce the mark sheet. For Base B you had to complete a logic puzzle in which you had to move a stack of rings but could not place a bigger ring on top of a smaller one. Base D was another logic puzzle, where you must retrieve ducks which are out of reach, and you are given equipment such as a baseball, two small lighter balls, a pair of oven gloves, three pieces of rope, a water gun and a spade. At Base F we had to deal with a first aid situation, one conscious and panicking, the other which needed CPR, and we also practised using a defibrillator on a dummy. The weather was changeable, it was sunny, then windy, then back again, and for a brief period it rained, but then cleared up once more. The hike was very well organised, with a method for helping a team if they got lost, and if a team did not reach a manned base for two hours they had to be called, with HQ being the Village Hall.

Maker Space at Barclays Eagle Labs

Scouts Blog : February 14, 2019 : Scouts

Patrols Tiger, Cobra, and Falcon met at Maker Space on the 5th of February. We met a person who worked there, who then told us what we would be doing.

Firstly, he explained what rapid prototyping was – basically you build something and then test it – and that we would prototype a stamp. He showed us a 3D design Software called “123 design” and how to make 3D structures using it. We designed a handle for the stamp and also had a go to design something by ourselves. I designed a rocket. Then he showed us the 3D printer while it printed the handle, and the laser cutter making the rest of the stamp. The stamp had the Scout logo on it and then we put the handle onto the stamp and tested it using ink to stamp our “Certificates of Achievement”.

He then gave us keyrings he had cut out of a sheet of orange see-through plastic with the laser cutter and used the laser cutter to engrave our names and the Scout logo.

The week after, the other patrols visited Maker Space.

Written by: Jakob

The laser cutting machine

Cromer Winter Camp 2019

Scouts Blog : February 11, 2019 : Scouts

On the 1st of February 2019 the Scouts met again at the train station in Cambridge to go on a trip to Roughton mill. We all arrived on time to get on the train to go to Norwich and then get a train to Cromer. We sat in 2 carriages and the girls had to have their own section!! So basically the leaders, boys and bags were all squished together. When we arrived at Cromer station we hiked 1km to the mill (we stayed in a converted Windmill by the way). When we arrived we had hot chocolate and brownies made by Ellis’s Mum. They were yummy and the hot chocolate was needed to warm us up!! Afterwards we spent our time relaxing and at 10 we went to sleep.
We woke up to the smell of sausages and after a cooked breakfast we were ready for an exciting day ahead. We split up into 3 groups, one did outdoor pioneering. We had to build 2 A-frames with different types of lashings. It could hold at least 3 small people, so we did a good job there!!! The second group were learning about communicating on the sea, Danielle taught us about the phonetic alphabet which corresponded with certain symbols, e.g. the Scottish flag representing mike. Here’s my name using the phonetic alphabet : echo lima lima India sierra. After this we made flags and we held them up to communicate to the other team. The Scottish flag means my vessel is stopped. My favourite was film making. We did a short film then edited it and we put sound effects over some parts. Our group was good because of the moral of what to do or what not to do regarding stranger danger.
In the afternoon we hiked to Cromer, we went to the RNLI boat museum, it was really interesting and we also had the opportunity to try out different types of Morse code. After that, we went to the pier and chilled there for a bit. I was crazy … I bought an ice-cream and my fingers froze from it. After that we hiked back to the Windmill. For dinner we had vegetable curry and for pudding we had cake with custard. It was delicious!!
The next morning after breakfast we finished off our activities. The weather was lovely and bright so we had our campfire during the day. We sat around the campfire reflecting on our fabulous weekend. We sang a lot of songs we also had marshmallows with hot chocolate. What a way to finish such a great camp!!! I can’t wait for next years winter camp.

Written by: Ellis

Pioneering at the mill

At the pier

 

Silver Fox Night Hike competition

Scouts Blog : January 7, 2019 : Scouts

On December the 8th, 5 teams from the 27th scouts entered the Silver Fox night hike competition. It was held at Holt Island in St Ives. Before setting off, we pitched our tents and ate our tea. There were 3 other troops, 2 of them camped and 1 of them went home after the hike. Each team had to report to base half an hour before their starting time to gain grid references and phone numbers. The route took us out to Fenstanton before coming back to St Ives through the Fen Drayton lakes.

Along the journey, there were 4 bases that each team had to pass by. Each base had a different challenge. The challenges were, First Aid, Pioneering, Filters and making cups of tea!  The stations were marked with grid references on the map. Each team was marked at the bases on their teamwork and their skills. This along with the overall time made up the standings.

Once back, we were treated to hot dogs and hot chocolate. Everyone was very tired and keen to go to sleep. We retreated to the tents and fell asleep straight away. In the morning, the leaders cooked up bacon baps  for breakfast. Each team was keen to know the results. After packing up the tents, Andrew and Richard gave us the results. We found out that: Falcon-Tiger had jointly won with a team from the 28th! They were awarded the shield and everyone went home happy!

Written by: Ollie

Night Hike 2018

Scouts Blog : January 5, 2019 : Scouts

Last year our troop (27th Scouts) went to the Silver Fox Night Hike competition. The event took place on Holt Island, St Ives from the 8th-9th December 2018.

Once everybody had arrived we started setting up our tents, although some people found it difficult everybody managed. After some time, the starting times were announced, every patrol had to go to the starting/ending point which was a small building near the river. All patrols had to come half an hour before their starting times to work out the way points and supply themselves with some hand warmers.

There were six way points we had to reach and on each way point there was an activity e.g. pioneering, water purification and so on. The aproximate length we were walking was 10km and as for the time about 3hours. When we finally got back we had hot dogs and hot chocolate most of us fell asleep soon after we got into our tents.

The Night Hike was a very fun, intruiging and challenging experience for all of us! I would like to go again soon!
Finally, we need to thank all the adults for volunteering to accompany us to the competition. I think all of us appreciate your commitment!

Written by: Misha

JOTI 2018

Scouts Blog : November 19, 2018 : Scouts

On Saturday the 20th of October from 5:00 till 8:00 the 27th scout troop of Cambridge were able to participate in this year’s JOTI. The JOTI is where you can go onto Skype and talk to other scout troops from all around the world, we managed to speak to lots of different troops from all around the world such as South Africa, America, Scotland, Indonesia and many more. Overall most of the troop’s favorite things to do was camping. We managed to talk to all of these scout troops by going on to the website scout link and we would type in the username and password, then you could go into a chat room and talk to a whole group of scouts or talk to one person at a time, there was also a big screen in the middle of the room that you could call or get called by different scout troops by Skype.

All of the different scout troops who were participating in the JOTI had a JID code, these were codes that you would give to people and they would give it to you, your scout troop would then record this and see how many you could get. We would ask other scouts what they like to do in scouts, what they enjoyed doing most and what sort of things they did in their country and would see what we do differently here. We all enjoyed having conversations with different scouts and what they do at scouts, then later on in the evening we got some delicious pizza and chatted to each other about what countries we met scouts from and what they liked to do.

we would like to thank all of the parents and leaders that made this evening possible and we hope to do something like this again.

Written by: Leila

Duck Race

Andrew : October 2, 2018 : Scouts

This year, our Scout Troop took over the running of the Cherry Hinton Duck Race, an annual community event held at the pond at Spring Head/Giant’s Grave. 200 ducks had been on sale throughout the village for children to decorate and bring along on the race day, with the duck decorating session at St Andrew’s Church the day before being particularly popular.

We had originally planned to have a cardboard duck race between patrols in large ducks, but unfortunately the pond is quite shallow and the floor too hard. We still made some large ducks and used them for transporting the small race ducks and for decoration.

Braving the cold water were 3 Scouts and 2 adults who set up the course (we decided to use lashed together pioneering poles) and ran the races. Four Scouts, for part of their Personal Challenge, had been challenged to prepare and run a duck-themed stall. These were really popular on the day and the Scouts involved did really well. Scouts also ran the registration and announcements and helped with setting up and clearing down the site, so very well done to everyone.

We hope everyone enjoyed the event and we look forward to next year’s.

Transporter duck

Decorated race ducks

 

Rocket Launch

Scouts 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.

5,4,3,2,1…Launch!

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)

Getting ready for launch

Expedition Camp – Eagle patrol

Scouts 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.

Cooking

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.

Fire Lighting

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)

Cooking our food

Expedition Camp 2018

Scouts 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)

Kestrel Patrol cooking

Our food

Chocolate Brownie

Two tyre ravine

Waiting for the train

Survival Camp

Scouts Blog : April 30, 2018 : Scouts

On the 28th and 29th April the 27th Scout troop went on a survival camp. We slept under a tarpaulin in a forest; Eagle patrol slept in hammocks because they won the best patrol of last term and that was their prize. On Saturday we were doing a few activities to get our Survival Skills activity badge like tracking by making arrows and crosses, natural shelter building with sticks and knife safety and sharpening. Another activity we did was whittling cooking sticks so we could stab sausages and put them over a fire, and the next day we used them for camp bread.

To cook our sausages we had to light a fire but it was a bit rainy and pretty much everything was wet, so it was hard to get sticks that would catch alight quickly. Kestrel patrol (my patrol) didn’t collect enough sticks to start the fire off and we didn’t have enough tinder and kindling. The only patrol that got a fire was Wolf patrol so everybody had to cook on their fire. My dad wasn’t very impressed because only one patrol got a fire (my dad is the Scout leader). We also made chocolate orange butter bean bombs which are a hollowed out orange (with a little bit of juice left in it because that makes it a bit more orangey) and cocoa, butter bean, raisin and maple syrup mixture to put in the orange skin. Then you wrap it up in foil and chuck it on embers of a fire or charcoal that has been burnt. Then after 10 minutes, take it off and enjoy.

The sleeping was very nice. It was me and Kieran under one tarpaulin. It was warm but I had a jumper, t-shirt, shorts and that was it but I don’t feel the cold that much.

The next day we had a firelighting competition but it wasn’t to light fires, it was to send smoke signals up into the air so if you were stuck in a jungle and a helicopter came over you would send a massive smoke signal to show that you were there. So you build a good fire and put a platform over it and when you see a helicopter you put loads of kindling on and on the platform you chuck loads of stuff that you have that smokes, for example wet leaves. The winners were Wolf patrol proving themselves to be expert fire lighters, and their PL wasn’t even there! Well done Wolf patrol. Then we played a wide game and went home on the train.

This was my first camp as a Scout. I thought it was really good but very challenging.

Written by: Owen

Cooking camp bread

St. George’s Day event

Scouts Blog : April 30, 2018 : Scouts

The Saint George’s day activity day was a fun event from 1:30-6:00 on Saturday the 21st of April 2018.It was at Abington.
First of all, we were split up into three groups, and each group did the activities in a different order.
The first activity I did was fire-lighting in teams of 5-6, but with two differences. First of all, two people weren’t allowed to talk, two weren’t allowed to use one hand (they could choose which) and one wasn’t allowed to use either hand (if there was a 6th person they were allowed to do what they liked). The second thing was that you were given a fire pit, but you had to ‘buy’ anything else (e.g. matches, flint and steel).you bought things by completing tasks.
The second activity I did was pioneering. We made structures to carry washing-up bowls, filled the bowls up with water and did an obstacle course. It was very fun and we got very wet.
The third activity I did was first aid course. I learnt how to do CPR, use a defibrillator and more!
The final thing was the campfire, which was very crowded but enjoyable, and sang lots of campfire songs.

Written by: George

Fake wounds

PL & APL Camp March 2018

Scouts Blog : April 18, 2018 : Scouts

During our stay at Wicken Fen on the 24th of March, we stayed at a wild campsite. Most people cycled but I took a car because I don’t have a bike; but to make up for it my dad and I took all the big rucksacks. Because we arrived before everyone else, we had a bit of time to find the campsite which was at the other end of the field! Some people who had cycled had punctures so my dad had to come and rescue them. Then we started to unload all the bags and items and took them to the campsite. When everyone else arrived, we picked up the last few bits and bobs, they were really heavy. After everyone had settled in, we started to do the tasks that were specifically set by Andrew, these were all challenges we weren’t good at. My favourite was Kathy’s vegan brownie which was gobbled up almost instantly, leaving people wanting more, sadly she wasn’t there to see the amazing result. The most fun activity which was run by Chiara was the navigation one where we had to make up directions to the end where you would find a tennis ball. Both teams didn’t make it to the exact place of the ball. The other team ended up going the wrong direction at the end, it was funny to watch. The task that we learnt the most on was Liam’s phonetic alphabet because most people didn’t know what it was; it was also why his old patrol lost the district quiz! Rafi and his team did a great job of dinner, the casserole was delicious. David did Morse code, giving lots of good ways to remember the letters. Everyone did a great job teaching their task to the PLs and APLs. Overall I think PL and APL camp was a great, fun and successful time thanks to the leaders.
Written by: Eddie

The vegan brownie

Community Action Day 14.04.18

Scouts Blog : April 17, 2018 : Scouts

 On Saturday the 14th of April, the scouts went to st. Andrews church for the community action day. This involved the scouts helping to clean up the church yard along with other people from the community. When we arrived we were put into groups. Each group had a different job to do. The first task the girls did, was to clean all the toys they have, that young children and babies use. Another group started by going around and collecting any rubbish that was lying in the church grounds. One of the groups took things over to the shed while another started some of the weeding. At about 20 past 11, we had a snack break before we started on some more tasks. Another job was to map the ashes plots out, so the people who work at the church could put it into the computer who’s ashes were there. Some people were getting all the moss and weeds out of the wall. We were given a lovely lunch of hot dogs and cake! After the lunch break lots of people were weeding, while a few people learnt how to clean a toilet. Some people were washing one of the church walls. At the end we were all weeding, finishing weeding the walls or moving stones. By the end of the day the church yard looked much better than at the start.

Written by: Beth

Removing moss and weeds

Mapping the plots

Brushing moss off the walls

PL and APL Camp, Wicken Fen

Scouts Blog : April 2, 2018 : Scouts

On 25 March the patrol leaders (PLs) and Assistant Patrol Leaders went on a camp. We all started at Colville School with our bikes. (We were going to cycle to the camp site at Wicken Fen!) When we were ready we set off. When you do such a long cycle ride it is very exhausting. Two punctures later we arrived at the camp site. We left are bikes at the camp site and walked up to a nearby barn and got our stuff for the night.

Everybody had to do something which could happen on an ordinary patrol Tuesday evening!

There were activities like Morse code, cooking with Rafi and much more. My favourite one was semaphore (sending messages with flags). This was spread out before dinner and after dinner and one for Sunday. Rafi does a very good sausage casserole which we all had for dinner but for pudding there was vegan chocolate brownie which was really nice. Around the camp fire we played a game could 5 things. So it would be “Name or do five things”.

On Sunday we started off with breakfast prepared by Liam and Eddy.

After breakfast Thomas and I did a scouts own service. We asked the scouts to write prayers for the prayer book which gets read out at the end of scouts on Tuesdays. After the scouts own service we packed up our stuff and took it down to the nearby barn to be collected. Then we made sandwiches for lunch and once eaten we got on our bikes (the two bikes with the punctures were fixed which was lucky) with our day bags and with a quick photo with all of us with our bikes we set off.

Once back at Colville (with no punctures this time!) we enjoyed ice cream and ice lollies. The PL and APL camp was a great success.  Thank you to the adults who came along and made the camp possible.

Written by: Matthew

Bishop of Ely

Scouts Blog : March 31, 2018 : Scouts

In March we were very fortunate to have the Bishop of Ely come and talk to us. We asked many questions that we had thought of at a previous scouting camp, and got just as many great and detailed answers.

We learnt about how things are run in the House of Lords and the importance of being a Bishop. The Bishop told us many inspiring stories about what he had done in the past, including meeting the Queen. He told us that when he first met her he was very nervous, but as he got to know her, he discovered that she was very kind, warm and down to earth.  He also mentioned that he had gone away with the Royal family for a weekend because every weekend the Royal family goes away and invites a different Bishop each time.

Our conversations about the house of Lords turned into a series of jokes, for example Ellis told a cow knock knock joke and mooed at the Bishop, leaving us all in hysterical fits of laughter.

We would like to thank Thomas ( PL of Eagle patrol )  for organising that wonderful evening and hope to have many more similar events in the future.

Written by: Keira and Sienna

Masterchef night 06/03/2018

Scouts Blog : March 17, 2018 : Scouts

Two weeks ago, the 27th scout group spent a night in Coleridge Village College and from 5:00 – 7:00pm we were cooking delicious food that we tried to make as good for the environment as possible. We split into patrols and each made savoury and sweet foods per patrol. My patrol tried to make everything vegan, to make it better for the environment, we didn’t succeed and used milk, but most of it was vegan. Other patrols made other food such as a delicious artichoke and pesto pasta and a deconstructed crumble as a sweet dish.

Once the food was cooked, we set up a table to try and win the best looking table competition, we put tablecloths down, made a menu made out of recycled cardboard and put the food down. It looked amazing after it was all finished.

At about 7:30 the adults came in to try our exquisite dishes and vote for the best savoury dish, best sweet dish and best looking table. The adults voted with a slip of paper which they placed in the cup on the table they thought should win. The adults thoroughly enjoyed the meals and the scouts also ate a lot of food which we also thought was brilliant.

At 8:45, we washed up the dirty dishes before we made a troop circle and the leaders read the results and gave out a huge amount of badges; there were six investitures, three chief scout gold awards and many other badges given out as well.

After the eventful night, all the scouts and adults left with their bellies full and their expectations exceeded.

Written by: Rafi

 

 

District Quiz Night

Scouts Blog : February 25, 2018 : Scouts

On the 23rd of February the Falcon patrol went to a district quiz night at the 29th Cambridge Scout hut. There were 8 other groups doing the quiz; there were ten rounds (8 normal rounds, a picture round and a skills round). There was a joker that could be played at the start of a round and would give the team double points for that round, but it could only be played once. In the first two rounds the groups seemed quite even in points, but in the third round the topic was cricket, since Liam knew a lot about cricket our group played our joker, which was a good move because Liam  got all of the questions right.

In round 4 the leaders gave our groups two sheets each, one with logos (which included the house of parliament, Citroen, KFC logos and two more) and the other with trees. At the end of round five the leaders counted up the scores and read out the scores. Our group was leading by 8 or 9 points and around 14 or 15 points off last. After everyone knew the scores we had a snack break where they served us chocolate/regular rolls and crisps.

The knot identification round

After around 15/20 minutes we resumed the quiz. In rounds 6-8 we did alright but not the best. In round 9, the skill round, we were asked to tie 3 knots (a clove hitch, a bowline and a reef knot) and were asked to say the names of two knots that we were showed (granny knot and zeppelin). In round 10 we did quite badly, partly because in one question we were asked to spell out SCOUT with the phonetic alphabet and we only knew the C(Charlie) and we would have got 1 point every letter, so in that question we lost 4 possible marks.

It was time for the final results. The person running the quiz read out 6th, who wasn’t our group, 5th wasn’t either, 4th and 3rd weren’t. It was the final two, and the winner was…not our group. Afterwards we found out we lost by one point, and if we got that point it would have been a tie breaker. Our group enjoyed it so we didn’t care much about winning (much) and the quiz finished at around 9:00, where we packed up and went home.

Written by Dylan

Cromer camp

Scouts Blog : February 9, 2018 : Scouts

On the 2nd of February the scouts went on a camp in Cromer. There was a short train journey up and then a 1km walk to the mill (we stayed in a converted mill). On the train journey I sat next to Rafi and we ate some broad beans, surprisingly they were really nice, we also played some card games with my – almost complete – deck. When we arrived we had hot chocolate and brownies that Ellis’ mum made and then we set up our beds and went to sleep.
The next day we had breakfast that Liam and Eddie made (bacon rolls) it was nice. We split into groups and then hiked 10km to the coast, i was in team cheesecake with Liam, Thomas and Josh – josh likes cheesecake. We were super fast so we got there first, it was really cold but some people got chips and they were nice, then we ate our lunch. We spent a while walking along the coast and drawing in the sand, we also went to the RNLI museum and that was pretty cool. Then we had fish and chips and went back to the mill, the journey back was a lot shorter than before. Then, like on all camps, we finished the day with a campfire.
On the last day we stayed at the mill because it was really cold and rainy. We did this thing were four people lie down on each others knees on chairs and then take the chairs away, eventually we did it with 12 people. Andrew taught us some sign language (towards one of our badges) then some people made up games and ran activities, Chris’ one was my favourite, it was like bulldog but blindfolded and you have to scooch on the floor. We all left separately to go to the train station – team cheesecake left 15 minutes after everyone but we still got there on time. On the train journey home, me, Rafi, Eddie and Thomas played card games and bet with Rafi’s beans. then we all went home. The end.

Written by: David

Scout swimming

Andrew : February 7, 2018 : Scouts

Yesterday the Scout troop went swimming at Abbey Pool, to enable the Scouts to gain the next stage of their Swimmer badges. We had booked two lanes of the pool, so the the Scouts had plenty of space. 5 Scouts attempted Stage 5, 8 attempted Stage 4, 1 Stage 3 and 4 Stage 2. After being tested on all the skills, which ranged from timed swims to swimming with clothes to treading water to retrieving objects from the pool floor, 17 Scouts gained their badge which is fantastic. Some of the Scouts who gained Stage 5 will be in Scouts for a while yet, so next time we come swimming we’ll have to think about how they can gain their Swimmer Activity Plus badge (or maybe the Scout Association will have developed a Swimmer Stage 6 badge by then!). Thanks to Abbey Pool for hosting us and for the two parents who stayed to help.

Blood donation

Andrew : January 27, 2018 : Scouts

On Tuesday, Natalie from NHS Blood and Transplant came to visit the Scouts. We learnt some interesting facts about blood donation and how blood is used to treat patients with various diseases in hospital. Unfortunately, none of the Scouts are only enough to donate (you have to be 17) but fortunately their parents are old enough! So, a group of parents (and a leader) had arranged to donate together today at the Cambridge Donor Centre, which is on the Addenbrookes Hospital site, including a first-time donor and a couple of previous donors who hadn’t donated for a while. After health checks, we were led through into the donor suite, where there were already people there donating platelets (which takes a lot longer). Everyone’s donation went well, and we had a nice chat over refreshments. We even managed to send some “My Mum donated blood today” stickers home for the lucky sons and daughters!! One Scout who came along was able to watch the whole donation process and is hopefully inspired to donate when old enough, and many parents said that they will be encouraging their children to donate aged 17.

At the Donor Centre

Night Hike Dec 2017

Scouts Blog : December 12, 2017 : Scouts

In this text, I will briefly explain what you should bring, the activities and generally how the Silver Fox night hike 2017 went for me and my patrol.

What time do you leave for the actual hike? 

Before you go on the hike, you need to gather your tent mates and build your tent, this will take about 45 minutes or so. After that, you will need to set out your sleeping bag and put on your rucksack (if you haven’t already done so). Also bear in mind that every patrol starts at a different time, and there is about a 20 minute time-lapse between each leaving time. During this time I highly advise that you make extra preparations, so that you can put on all of your soft, fluffy woollen garments, such as hats, scarfs etc. because, like me, you may regret it later.

What do I get given to me before I leave? 

Before you and your patrol leave, whoever is in charge will be given a compass and a map. Everyone in our patrol had to take it in turns to navigate from one point to another.

What should I bring in my rucksack? 

Ideally, you should take the following:
• A working torch
• Spare batteries (for the torch)
• A charged phone (to call Andrew) if you have one
• Some food and drink (I bought Lucozade and beef jerky)
• A reusable water bottle

Here we go!

My experience on the hike: 

At three o’clock I arrived at the Abington campsite, I went off to find my friends, who it turned out I was sharing my tent with. We found a tent which had the number 300 on it. We began assembling the tent, (it was an enormous struggle to set up!) and after half an hour (which felt like a day) we finished our tent only to have Becky  say to us “that tent is too small for you three boys to fit in!”     So off we went to set up our second tent (even more of a struggle!) and eventually, after another half an hour, we finished and crawled into our tent. It wasn’t until then that I realised how big the tent was. We set up our sleeping bags and everything else and as soon as we had finished along came three other scouts, looking for a tent to sleep in, so we let them stay in our tent and suddenly our tent had gone from 3 to 6 people. After a couple of minutes, Andrew called us together to discuss what times we were leaving and who was leaving first. We discovered that there was a 20-minute wait before we were to leave. (NOTE: our patrol was doing the activities anti-clockwise so our order may be different from some other patrols.)
Activity 4: 
The first activity was a scenario: we found 2 people, a boy and a girl lying injured on the ground. It took a bit of questioning from them to discover that the boy had broken his arm and that the girl had a severed nerve and she may have had serious neck damage. I was told to take off my scarf in order to create a temporary sling for the boy and we took off the girl’s scarf and made a comfortable pillow for her neck.
Activity 3: 
We were to make a fire with flint and steel in order to put some marshmallows over, but the problem was that it was raining, so that made it hard to light a match, so Chris (our APL) took out a fire-lighting kit and some flare matches he had. After that, our fire kept going for long enough to put our marshmallows on and eat them on the way to the next activity.
Activity 2: 
Activity 2 was another scenario: we were stuck in a forest so you have to make a shelter for the night. All you have though is a sheet of tarpaulin and a few pegs. We were being timed, and we had to complete it in 10 minutes.
Activity 1: 
It took a lot of time to find (see the full explanation later) but eventually, we found activity 1. We were given a long log and 6 different pieces of wood, all different shapes and sizes. The objective was to weigh the six different pieces of wood and accordingly put them in order from lightest to heaviest.
On our way to Activity 1, we got lost in a particularly large field where there was lots of rabbit droppings and other obnoxious things, we had to call Andrew at least 5 times. We thought that that was the worst of it, but then we discovered 2 other things:
1. We were alone in a field of sheep (which I didn’t realise until I shone my phone  light on one of them and they all started moving towards us)
2. One of our patrol’s phone slipped out of their pocket when they weren’t looking, we never found it.
Eventually, we had to be rescued by my dad (who had volunteered to be the rescue car driver ) who took us to the base.

That was my experience on the 2nd-3rd Dec Silver Fox night hike 2017, so keep scouting, and be prepared…

Written by: Kabir

Silver Fox District Night Hike Competition

Scouts Blog : December 8, 2017 : Scouts

On Saturday the 2nd of December, about 20 scouts from 27th Cambridge gathered at Abington for the Silver Fox District Night Hike Competition. I am in the Falcon patrol and I was with Liam, Amun, and Matthew. We all set up out tents,and put our bags in them. The patrols were sent off at different times.

We left at 5:30pm and set off to base one. We took a turn too early, but soon realised and got to the road crossing without any major mishaps.At base one we had to put five logs in order from heaviest to lightest, and we were given a long pole, two pieces of string, and five logs. My group tied the two pieces of string to either side of the pole, and tied a log to each piece of string with a slip knot, we then balanced the pole on Amun’s arm and whichever side went down was the side with the heaviest log. After that then we walked to base two. It was quite complicated, but the bit that was the most scary was the sheep, whose eyes glowed in the dark, that we had to walk past. At base two, it was shelter making.We were given a tent with loops at the top,which we strung between two trees over a rope,and pinned down the guidelines. Next we walked to the road crossing, where a man helped us across the road.On the other side we were held back for 10 minutes, because the other group was too close in front of us. When we were allowed to leave, we walked through a grain store with towering silver containers, moaning and groaning as if they were alive(which freaked us out ).Then a long muddy walk to the next base. Base three was my favourite!!! We had to start a fire with flint and steel, and roast marshmallows, YUM. Then the long two kilometer (which probably turned into four kilometers) hike, on which we got terribly lost!!! It all started when an adult at the base told us that two of the lines on the map were fences,and therefore we had to take our first right, it turned out that they were wrong, because after we had gotten to our first right and walked down the path for about a hour (well it felt like it) we met another patrol coming back, and they told us that it was a dead end……..so we walked back to the first path and carried on. When we got to the second path leading off to the right,we went down it, only to find another patrol coming back saying that it was the wrong way as well. We all wearily walked on (four patrols now)and came to the third right (luckily the correct one)we had walked on and left behind two of the patrols, so now it was us, the falcons, and the tigers.We all took the third right and arrived at the base shortly(and much to our relief, as it had started raining), and got on with our task : First Aid.One of the people had broken their collarbone and we had to put a sling on them. The other person had a spinal injury, and we weren’t supposed to move them at all.Then the final stretch……long, but not hard. We walked back with the tigers and soon arrived. We got back to the campsite third and ate our supper, hotdogs.

We went to bed at 11pm and were allowed out our tents at 7am. The members in my tent along with myself were Miriam and Esme. The tent wasn’t very spacious but we keep warm all together. The next morning we had bacon rolls for breakfast, and I had three! We packed up all of our things along with the tents and all got into a big troop circle for a prize giving. All the of patrols who had participated the previous evening were very anxious to see who had won the big trophy. They first announced the patrol who had done best in each base and then revealed the winners of the whole event. The winners were 28th Cambridge, with the falcon patrol {my patrol} in second place.
Even though we did not win, I am very proud of my patrol and what we achieved.

All in all I thought it was a rather successful evening and hope to see more events like this in the future.

Written by: Chiara

District Night Hike Competition

Scouts Blog : December 4, 2017 : Scouts

On 2nd December 2017 the 27th Cambridge Scouts took part in a District Night Hike Competition in Abington. We arrived at 3pm and set up our camp in the woods. Before the hike started we planned our route as the different patrols were competing against each other. Each patrol set off at a different time and mine started off in the dark. We took in turns to navigate using the OS map so we all got experience at reading it. On the way there were different bases which we had to find which had different challenges to complete at them such as making shelters, first aid, making fires and toasting marshmallows. We also make weighing scales out of wood. For each of the different challenges we were awarded points depending on how well we did. At the end of the hike the patrol with the most points won the hike and got a trophy. The hike was enjoyable but you had to wrap up warm and we got very muddy. At the end my shoes were caked in mud and needed a good scrubbing!
After completing the hike we went back to the camp and rested in the little huts and had hotdogs and hot chocolate which were very tasty. We then went to bed. My sleeping bag was particularly comfy!
In the morning we woke and had bacon rolls. We packed our things away and took our tents down. Finally we had the end ceremony where the winners were announced. The event was won by the 28th Cambridge Scouts. My patrol, Kestrel Patrol came 5th and the Falcons came 2nd overall. I had a really great time. Scouts is brilliant!

Written by: Miriam.A.R

Kestrel patrol just before setting off

Navigation Practice

Scouts Blog : December 1, 2017 : Scouts

On Sunday 19th November we out to Shepreth on the the train to have a practice for the Night Hike. We were in groups of about 5 scouts with an adult to walk around Shepreth. We practised navigation using a map and compass. We started at Shepreth Station, walking through fields and woods to the church in Harlton where we had our lunch. We continued on a shorter route back to Shepreth station. We walked for about 5 and a half hours, including lunch, and we walked nearly ten miles. I think this has prepared us well for the night hike and hope that we do well and don’t come last. Afterwards, my legs were really tired and I enjoyed hot chocolate and marshmallows at home, which is a real treat.

Written by: Esmé

In the morning

Lunch

Walking through the woods

Setting off after lunch

At sunset

Waiting for the train home

Golf driving with the Phoenix Explorers

Scouts Blog : November 17, 2017 : Scouts

On the 16th of November 2017, 4 of the senior scouts, Oscar, Chris, Kathy and I (Liam) went along to a session with the explorers at the Cambridge golf driving range. The point of the session was to learn what goes on in explorers and how it is different to scouts. It was also good for us because we are moving up to explorers in the next few months. We talked to lots of explorers and we already knew some of them who had previously been in scouts so it was good to see people that we haven’t seen in a while.

The evening was from 19:30-21:15 and was purely just hitting a golf ball as far as you could and having a good time. The scouts went in small groups and were in lanes next to each other. Chris and Kathy went with Maxim, who is now an explorer, and Oscar and I paired up. at the start we got 50 golf balls to start and took it in turns to hit the balls. At first, we struggled to find the right connection with balls and they weren’t going very far but Maxim showed the other three how to properly hit the ball but I had my own tactic. I was completely breaking the rules of golf and everyone got annoyed that it worked so well. I took two steps back made sure the club was straight and incorporated a run up into my shot. Everyone found it hilarious. It was still no where near where some of the explorers got but they do play every week so that is probably why.

All in all, we had a great evening and I’m sure it has encouraged us all to take the next step up to Explorers when we are done with Scouts.

Written by: Liam


JOTA and JOTI

Scouts Blog : November 4, 2017 : Scouts

On Saturday 21st of October, the troop of 27th Cambridge was privileged to meet other scouts from all around the world and discover their unique ways of scouting. The event took place at Spinney school during the early evening, from 16:00-20:30 pm. Electronic devices were brought by the scouts themselves so that they could communicate with the many other scouts internationally.

The JOTA JOTI was very successful as there were many scouts that participated and many other scouts to talk to. There was a big screen in the centre of the room that was used for skyping scouts, but most of the conversations happened on a website called “Scoutlink”. Some of the cities/countries the scouts we spoke to were from: Indonesia, Norway, Australia, South Africa, Scotland, America etc. The scouts from South Africa liked hiking and drinking sprite, the scouts from Scotland liked being outdoors and the scouts from America liked having camp fires.

All of the different troops had a special code called a JID. These were collected by the scouts in 27th Cambridge as well as the other scouts that were spoken to. We were asked many questions about our way of scouting as well as us finding out about them and their culture. We had delicious pizza for dinner while we all enjoyed telling each other about the conversation that we had with the other scouts. As we said, we spoke to scouts from South Africa and had a bit of a hard time understanding what they were saying as they had a very strong South African accent, luckily we were from S.A. And could help the scouts of 27th Cambridge understand what they were saying.

We would like to thank all of the scouters and parents that made this event possible, we all had a great time and know that the scouts enjoyed this pleasant evening .We hope to have another event like this in the future.

Written by: Keira and Sienna.

Curry cooking competition

Scouts Blog : October 25, 2017 : Scouts

On Tuesday the 10th of October, the 27th Cambridge scout group hosted a curry cooking competition, where the patrols were judged on who could make the best vegetable pilau rice and boondi raita, following the recipe that they had been shown the previous week. They were given basic ingredients such as rice, yogurt, boondi, and oil along with spices such as garum masala, garlic, ginger and chilli powder. They brought along their own selection of vegetables that they were going to put in, e.g: carrots. The challenge was that they were cooking on gas stove with only one pan, and therefore had to plan out how they were going to get everything cooked in and hour (with a five minute time extension!) and the pressure got to some of the patrols, resulting in the kestrels dropping their rice on the floor, (but they still managed to serve up a nice dish).

The results were some very tasty dishes to eat, with a few exceptions, (wolf patrol who burnt their rice so it tasted of ashes!). The results were that Falcon patrol had the best rice and Tiger patrol had the best boondi raita. Overall the night was a success and everyone enjoyed tasting everyone else’s dishes afterwards.

Written by: Amun

Everyone’s dishes!

Cherry Hinton Festival 2017

Andrew : October 4, 2017 : Scouts

 

Scouts with the mayor at Cherry Hinton Festival 2017

It’s our Group’s 70th birthday this year. Well, sort of, as it depends exactly when you think we started. We were registered with the Scout Association in 1948, but we know we were meeting the year before that. So, is our birthday 1947 or 1948? And does it really matter? So, it was with that uncertainty that we decided to celebrate this occasion at the brilliant Cherry Hinton Festival. With a new flag ordered, display boards collected, old photos collated, cakes made, we descended on the festival early on Saturday morning. Pitching the event shelter was the usual challenge (why are there always more poles than there should be in the bag?) but we got there in the end. The Scouts set up some pioneering structures, we prepared the rope making and plate spinner making activities and were all set to go. And then it rained. Very heavily! But did it put us off? No of course not.

Scouts at the festival

The mayor of Cambridge came to visit our stall and cut the cake and spent a good time chatting with the Scouts which was fabulous. Photographers from local newspapers took photos and a couple of them appeared in the paper the next day. The District Commissioner came to present our Group Scout Leader with her 30 year service award. And, being the first shelter on the rec as people arrived, we hosted many of them looking to keep dry! The rope making activity was very popular (it’s quick and you get something to take away) and we had many enquiries about joining Beavers/Cubs/Scouts.

Display boards – our last 70 years!

We also like to give something back to the community and for the last few years have volunteered to litter pick round the festival site all day, which we did again this time. Cherry Hinton Festival has loads of great activities going on, and it was great to see so many people there despite the rain. So, all in all a great day, and we look forward to next year’s event.

Thomas’s poster

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Website admin : September 23, 2015 : Beavers, Cubs, Scouts

The scout group now has a new Twitter feed. Follow us at @27thCambridge!

Cub Diary Dates

Sue Fanning : September 1, 2015 : Cubs

18 October 2015      Singing in aid of Scope and 27th Cub Pack, Tesco Fulbourn, 1pm – 3pm

8 November 2015    Remembrance Sunday, St Andrew’s Church, – all sections and families welcome 2.45 for 3pm

28 November 2015 District Cub Night Hike 6pm – 9pm, 11/9th HQ, Newnham

1 December 2015   27th Cambridge Scout Group Christmas Bingo and Secret auction

6 December 2015   Cubs District Christmas Party, 3pm – 6pm

27/28 2016 February 2016 Indoor Cub Camp, 11/9th HQ Newnhan, £15

10/11/12 June 2016 District County Cub Camp, Lode involving up to 1,400 Cubs in the County – a great fun weekend full of activities

 

 

 

Christmas Bingo

Website admin : November 19, 2014 : Beavers, Cubs, Scouts

This year’s Christmas Bingo will be on Tuesday 2nd December 2014 for all 3 sections. This is a Tuesday night, and will replace Beavers and Scouts and there will be no Cubs on Wednesday 3rd December 2014.

Come along and play, all welcome, bring the whole family. There will also be a raffle on the evening. There will be lots of prizes. If any parents can help set up and clear down on the night please speak to your section Leader. Your help will be appreciated. Otherwise please come on down, sit back, relax – maybe even win a line or two.

The evening will be made up of 4 games of Bingo from 6.30 -7.30 followed by the raffle at 7.45pm. Refreshments will be available all evening. This is a change of format as we found that the younger ones were missing out on some of the fun.

There is no need to purchase tickets in advance, these will be available on the night and will cost £1 a book for 4 games. Raffle tickets will be available until 7.40pm.

Please see the flyer for further details.

Welcome to the new website.

Website admin : June 13, 2014 : Uncategorized

As you can see, we’re busy working on a new website. Keep checking back to see what we’ve been adding!