Category: Scouts

Scouts Food Hub donations

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This Christmas, the 27th scouts have been involved in collecting donations for the Queen Edith’s Community Food Hub. They specifically needed donations of breakfast cereals and toiletries because they are expensive to buy and constantly in demand. 

The Queen Edith’s Community Food Hub was set up earlier this year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and offers free food and supplies for any local households in need. In the autumn alone they had 646 visits, from over 100 different families and households of all sizes. Anybody is able to come along and receive items from them.

Despite the lack of face-to-face scouting, we were able to collect the following:

30 boxes of cereal 

4 bags of porridge oats

3 packs of cereal bars

2 bags of muesli 

7 tubes of toothpaste 

7 jars of jam

14 toothbrushes 

5 shower gels

We were able to drop these items off in time for the food hub on Saturday and even got a mention in their December newsletter!

For more details on how to donate or receive items from the Food Hub, see here: The Queen Edith’s Community Food Hub

Written by: Alex

Dropping off the donations at the Queen Edith’s Food Hub

Scouts Environmental Conservation Activity Badge

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The First week

In the first week we started of talking about food waste and what it is. Then we watched 2 videos on food waste and we talked about them. Next we looked at some facts about food waste and how it is a big concern to humans and animals. After that we thought of how we can prevent it from happening. This is a list of what we thought of:

  • Eat everything on plate
  • Buy only what you need
  • Remember what is in the fridge
  • Use the older food first
  • Use stale bread for toast
  • Make a banana cake/bread
  • Freeze leftovers and have later
  • Have leftovers for lunch
  • Feed it to pets
  • Compost/wormery
  • Put half your bread in fridge/freezer
  • Freeze meat
  • Use the whole chicken in many meals

Then we had to fill in the food waste diary until next week.

The Second Week

In the second week we first looked at our food waste diary and how we could improve on wasting less food. Then we watched a video on food miles. Then we talked about all the stuff that is wasted and time and energy is wasted. Then we had a think on what we were going to do on our own out of scouts and Andrew suggested some:

  • Make a leftover meal each week for a month
  • Find out about composting and create a compost heap
  • Use a food waste app to save food from being wasted
  • Continue the food waste diary and make household changes to reduce food waste

Then we made a poster.

It was very fun!

Activity out of scouts

I decide to make a wormery.

It was very hard.

We nearly broke 1 of the boxes!

Here is a picture of it:

Written by: Nico

Indian cookery evening

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For an online scouts evening we did some Indian cooking led by kabir for his personal challenge. The ingredients were delivered to us the evening before and we cooked them the next day on zoom. we made four different dishes: popadoms with tomato, onion and corriader, aubergine and chickpea curry, vegetable fried rice and mango lassi. When we finished cooking the dishes we served them up up and showed them to each other and ate it the next day . The food tasted really nice and I will definitely make them again.

Written by: Louise

AGM and Monopoly Run

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During our AGM weekend we organised a family Monopoly Run challenge. Teams had to collect as many “properties” as they could by visiting the location and taking a photo there. Competition was fierce – we had 3 teams collect all locations. Well done to Team Laffling who won the Beaver category (they had the strategy to go over time, but they gained more extra points than penalties!), Team Sanders who won the Cub category on the cycle version, and team Napthen who ran round the walking version in a mere 1 hour 12 minutes!

Team Category Score Penalty Bonus Time Total
Laffling Beavers 5390 -660.0 1900.0 2:33 6630
Team Green Beavers 4590 0.0 800.0 1:33 5390
Widdowson A Team Beavers 3940 -240.0 500.0 2:12 4200
Team Le Gouais Beavers 2320 0.0 400.0 1:45 2720
The Dents Beavers 1080 0.0 200.0 1280
Sanders Cubs 3890 -20.0 500.0 2:01 4370
Napthen Scouts 5390 0.0 1900.0 1:12 7290
Stephens Scouts 5390 0.0 1900.0 1:47 7290
Kabir Scouts 4150 0.0 700.0 1:58 4850
Omar Family Scouts 2520 0.0 500.0 1:59 3020
Howarth3 Scouts 2230 0.0 400.0 2630
Dennis Scouts 1890 0.0 400.0 2290
Limb unofficial Explorers 3430 500.0 1:44 3930

Sailing days

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On the 27th of August 2020 we went to the ESSA Water Activities centre, near Broxbourne. To complete our stage 2 sailing qualifications. Most of us had been there in 2019, during our summer camp and completed our Stage 1. Five of the younger scouts came this year to do their stage 1 qualification, it was harder for them this year, as they had to go on their own straight away, we were able to go in pairs last year.

We didn’t camp this year, because of COVID restrictions, so we were driven from Cambridge each day. We were also kept in bubbles, with 5 scouts each and had to have our temperatures taken before we were allowed on the site.

On the first day we went over a lot of the things we had learnt last year. I could remember, about the dagger board and rudder and how to unfurl and attach the sail. We did lots of different activities, like trying to follow the instructors around the lake and collecting milk bottles that they had thrown out for us. We had to capsize our boats and then recover the boat, and ourselves!

I really enjoyed the sailing days, it was a fun thing to do, after months of lockdown. The weather wasn’t great this year, as we had very little wind and a lot of rain, but we still had a lot of fun and all completed our sailing qualifications.

Written by: Tavish


TGI weekender!!

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Let’s start off with our introduction from Bear Grills; it all started with that first video that got us going on these fun activities. Here is a picture of a den that was built for our second activity. As you can see it wasn’t quite finished yet but just like the TGI weekender it ended up absolutely awesome

Den building 101

Then onto the amazing reaction rockets. This was a real challenge, at first, our rocket didn’t want to stand upright because the straws weren’t taped up correctly. This was soon fixed and then we were ready for the reaction. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get all the bicarbonate of Soda into the bottle quick enough so when we sealed it not enough pressure built up and it didn’t go anywhere! Then we added a lot more and it almost made it to Mars. NASA, are you listening? Check out these photos below!

Houston we have a problem
I’m flying in the air

The process of making one is hard so if you want to check out the TGI weekender website you can learn how to make one yourself.

After we completed the reaction rockets experiment, we moved onto a zoom call where we made matchstick crossbows, (I haven’t been able to complete mine yet). We also made chocolate tiffins, a hovercraft and more. Now that we had finished those fun filled activities it was time for dinner.

Wood you like this Matchstick crossbow

In the evening I had a great time singing camp fire songs (especially “I found a peanut”) – we could have won The Voice Kids! At the end of the day we were all super tired and some of us joined the bedtime stories zoom call where books like the jungle book were read. This was a fabulous camp and I would one hundred percent like to do this again. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

Written by: Luke

Forward Hike

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On the 29th of February the Cambridge University Scout and Guide Club held the Forward Hike 2020. Our troop entered 5 teams to start around 8 in the morning. My patrol started at base B which was half way round the course, so we’d finish there as well. We started walking clockwise around the route through some extremely muddy paths which soaked our feet, to point A which was a puzzle station. The other bases included a quiz, an obstacle course and first aid. The whole hike took us 6½ hours for a 7 hour time limit but we managed to not get lost, which is a first for my patrol! Then, at HQ, we got doughnuts and hotdogs.

Me and my patrol really enjoyed this hike because we did well and the weather was nice.

Written by: Esmé

Night Hike 2019

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A few weeks ago the 2019-2020 Night Hike took place in Cambridge, not on Holt Island due to flooding. This meant the Scout Leaders had to re-route the entire course and make a new one. We began the Hike at the Spinney School, Cherry Hinton and ventured through it for a small bit and then went further into Cambridge crossing fields and footpaths and checking our map and compass once in a while.

Throughout the Hike, there were waypoints which had stations including making popcorn with a few grains of corn, matches, two tin holders and cooking oil. another example of these stations was where we put a blindfold on and had to taste different kinds of crisps and guess them after, it was very amusing.

At the end of the Hike, we came back to Spinney School and had hot chocolate and hot dogs. We were excited to finally rest from the long journey and to top it all of, our patrol (Kestrel) had won the overall points rewarded for the stations.

This was a hard but fun experience, especially since our patrol had won the points. I enjoyed it a lot and hope everyone else enjoyed it too but we couldn’t have done it without the Scout Leaders, any parents who volunteered and their efficient re-route of the course.

Written by Misha

Visit to the Apple Store

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On a Tuesday after school a small group of Scouts went to the Apple Store and made some jingles and some icons for their podcasts. We were creating podcasts as part of the Media Relations Badge. So far we had interviewed various different people but we needed to create icons and jingles to make the podcast sound and look more professional.

Ryan was our instructor for the session. Firstly we made the icons for the podcasts on an app with an iPad. Ryan showed us how to work the program and make interesting backgrounds. After 45 minutes of making the icons we went onto GarageBand and made some tunes to go at the start and the end of the podcasts. On GarageBand you could use different instruments to make a cool tune. We also got given a certificate and a nice magnetic badge with the Apple logo on it.

The trip was really fun and I hope that others in the Troop will be able to go sometime in the future.

You can find the podcasts at https://cambridge27th.podbean.com

Written by Owen

The Cambridge Hustings for the 2019 General Election

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The event was very interesting and there were a lot of people there. It was interesting though that most of the people were adults. We were the only children that I saw. This perhaps shows that adults are more interested and involved in Politics.

There were six candidates running to be the MP for Cambridge, including Daniel Zeichner who is the Labour MP at the moment. The Brexit candidate Peter Dawe turned up in a cloak which was very surprising – it was actually an academic gown. He hardly talked about Brexit and mostly talked about green issues. The Liberal-Democrat candidate (Rod Cantrill) and Daniel Zeichner seemed to have very similar views on things like climate change and Brexit. What was interesting was Daniel Zeichner said that he would always vote to stay in the EU even though the country had voted to leave in the referendum. He was able to justify this by saying that the people who had voted for him knew he would vote in this way and he was following the views of the people in Cambridge. Although Jeremy Corbyn seems to be a very unpopular Labour leader Daniel Ziechner said he was a good man and the Labour party policies would be good for the future.

There were some interesting questions from the audience about our relationship with the EU when we leave. The SDP candidate Jane Robinson was surprising because she was very similar to the other parties like the Liberal-Democrats except on Brexit which the SDP believes is a good thing and should happen because the people voted for it. The Conservative candidate agreed with this and said that Britain would be able to do very well in trade and the economy when we left as we would not be tied by their rules anymore. The Green candidate was obviously supporting green issues but as so many of the others were also supporting green issues he didn’t seem to have an issue that was unique to him. Maybe this was because environmental issues are very popular in Cambridge and so all the candidates were strong on this.

I certainly learnt a lot about the different ideas of the different parties and how a debate or hustings is run. It was good to see many people involved in politics.

Written by Luke

(Ed: the Scouts also interviewed four of the candidates for their upcoming podcast)