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

Golf driving with the Phoenix Explorers

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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

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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

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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

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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

Cub Diary Dates

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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