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Community Action Day 14.04.18

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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Night Hike Dec 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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