St. George’s Day event

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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

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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

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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

Scout swimming

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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

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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