Category: Activity Reports

Category: Activity Reports

Cooking Competition

Cooking is my favourite because I can always improve and I can share it once I am finished. Doing competitions helps to improve skill, speed and knowledge while being fun at the same time. You also van see how others cook and present their food, so you can steal ideas and use them yourself.

You can cook anything from an English Breakfast to Bangers & Mash, even scrambled eggs. I like cooking on camping stoves . WE also cook on wood fires. When I make chocolate banana I give them to my sister.

I would like to make cup cakes from scratch. The way to check that boiling potatoes are cooked is to stab them. If they fall of the fork they are cooked ! I love pancakes with golden syrup and lemon juice then rolled up and eaten.

At Scouts we often have noodles or pasta to cook & eat. This is why I like these activities.

Jessica B

Pot Holing

My favourite activity is pot holing. It’s dark and nobody can see anything. It is also really wet and you have to work as a team to navigate your way through the tunnels to find the start again. I like this activity because people easily get lost, and if you have not torch you would have no change of finding anything, including the rest of your team.

One time I went pot holing we searched for glowsticks in the dark. It builds your team skills and helps you to get to know your patrol. You have to squeeze through tight spaces and some of them are not at ground level which makes it harder and more interesting because some of your team struggle to get through.

Faith H

 

Abseiling & Cooking

Abseiling is my favourite activity at Scouts because it’s really fun. When I was little I hated heights but after I went rock climbing with Scouts I got over my fear. I found that I wanted to do abseiling and crate stacking. I soon found that I likes to do a lot of adventurous activities which are exciting and daring. When abseiling you go down backwards. That’s why abseiling is my favourite activity.

Cooking is another favourite Scout activity because it is a fun and skillful activity, which is a valuable skill for life. I like to cook at homebut can’t do it very often, so I love to do it at Scouts. I always love going to Scouts.

Nicole M

Cooking on Fires

My favourite activity is cooking on fires because I like to try new things. Another reason why I like cooking is because I would like to be a cook. I think that cooking on fires tastes better than in an oven. Cooking is a good skill to have because it will help you in later life. On fires we have cooked sausages , potatoes, fish, pizza and much more to, We have used fires several times but now thanks to cooking on fires I will eat a lot more at home.

Whenever we do coking i get excited because it is my favourite activity. There are several ways to start a fire, such as using flint & steel, rubbing two sticks together or even using matches !

Rose M

Canoeing

My favourite activity is canoeing because you get a bit wet. I liked it when we canoed from Bedworth to Nuneaton.  We did a game where we all got out from our boats and we had to stand on our boats. If you fell of you would have to start all over again.  I went in two different  boats, one was called a canoe and the other was called a kayak. We went on a canoe safari and we stopped off and had a barbeque. One person from the girls group and one person from the boys fell into the horrid dirty water and it was fun.

I struggled to get  to the side when a boat came and i crashed into a bit of a boat and then we carried on. It was a super experience which I enjoyed very much. I will go again but I will make sure I am in a kayak not a canoe

Libby T

 

 

Christmas Food

My favourite Scout time was when we made Christmas food. We made snowmen out of marsh mellows , icing & smarties, which were delicious. We also made snowman sup which was made out hot chocolate, marsh mellows and flake. We put the stuff in a bag and sealed it , then we stuck a candy cane on the front.

We also made things that looked like Christmas puddings that turned out amazing. We got some chocolate and broke it up and then put it into the microwave. When it had melted we tipped it into rice crispies and mixed. We made them into balls and put them in the fridge. We waited a while and started to make the icing which was white and place it on top of the rice crispy cake and put a cherry on top,

We also made Christmas cards. I made an Elf hat and eyes. I also used the glitter glue. I wrote it to my mum and dad.

Amy-May O

Winter Camp

I have chosen Winter Camp to write about. I enjoyed going to Bradgate Park and seeing the dear there. I thought the walk there was nice, getting to see the community. Later we went back to camp. We played a game where we  did tasks to earn fake money that we could but magazines and other items with. I played card games with my room mates in our free time. Breakfast and dinner were delicious. It was certainly a memorable camp.

George H

Patrol Fire Night

The activity that I have chosen to write about is a Patrol Night when we had to light a fire with just three matches so that we could cook sausages. We had to collect kindling to light the fire. Our Patrol went out to the green to collect the wood. The good thing about collecting wood was that we got to use our own equipment, and learn skills by ourselves , and get to use them outside the Scout Hut.

We places the dry kindling and dead grass in the fire barrel to start the fire. Unfortunately our Patrol Leader wasted the first two matches by breaking the heads off. I stepped in and struck the last match, then placed it onto the dead grass. After a few minutes a blazing fire was right before our eyes. Dave opened a  pack of sausages and gave us one each to put on the skewer. Finally we started to cook them. Slowly they cooked and were a bit burnt , but they were edible.

Paul G

Scout Expedition Challenge

On Saturday 1st November and Sunday 2nd November, Logan, Ben , Callum, Nicky and Daniel from Wilson Troop and Melanie, Hollie, Anastasia, Amy-May, Emma, Hannah & Kayleigh from Haddon Troop completed their Expedition Challenge.

The Scouts planned their own routes and prepared their route cards and planned their menu before the expedition. Before they set off from the Scout Hut they bought all of their own food and had their kit checked. Both groups were taken by minibus to Willey from where they hikes by a dog legged route to Fiveways Lakes Campsite. On arrival at Fiveways the teams had to pitch their tents and cook their evening meal on expedition stoves. The Scouts were very tired so they were soon in bed as soon as all the work was done. The Scouts rode out a very wet and windy night and it was still raining a little next morning as they were cooking breakfast and striking their tents.  After leaving Fiveways the Scouts hiked via Bulkington back to the Scout Hut.

The Scouts acquitted themselves very well, very often they were outside of their comfort zones but they coped very well and the leadership team are very proud of all of them. During the weekend they had various adventures and got into one or two ‘scrapes’ but they were safe at all times as help was not far away when it was needed.

You can read about their adventures below, written in their own words

On Saturday we arrived at the Scout Hut at 8.45am. We then had to prove to Badger that we had all of the right kit. Once this was proved we waterproofed our bags by lining them with bin bags. We then went shopping for Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and Sunday lunch. We had £4.00 each to spend. When we had bought everything we picked up our kit and got into the mini and took a ride to Willey. We set off after the girls at 12.05pm, however by 12.35pm we had overtaken them. The girls had previously tried to send us the wrong way. The rest of the trip didn’t go as smoothly though as we took wrong turns multiple times. However we resolved this by asking directions off a lady in Monks Kirby. She pointed us in the right direction meaning that we could make some leeway on the girls group.

We spent a lot of time in Wolvey’s country lanes but this was probably because we kept stopping and resting. We got out of the country lanes by 4.00pm and made our way down to Ashhurst Farm. On the way to the farm we had to go through a mud filled path. After a brush with a barking dog we found the main path with took us to Fiveways which was our campsite for the night

On Sunday we set off from Fiveways on our journey to Bedworth at 10.25am. We made our way to Bulkington via the junction. We went the way that we knew rather than sticking to the route card. This was a bit naughty and we got a ticking off from Stu. We stopped off at the Peugeot garage as we were all desperate to use the toilet. After going through Bulkington we turned into Marston Lane at the Corner House and followed it until the junction with Furnace Road. We then made our way up and around Tesco and into the Scout Hut via the back entrance. Overall it was a very successful expedition. Logan, Ben, Callum, Nicky & Daniel

We got to the Scout Hut on Saturday and went shopping for our food. We then went on a drive out to the middle of nowhere with a map, compass and a G.P.S. We hiked a while and made our first check point. On the way we had told the boys the wrong direction. When we crossed over a bridge two dogs came running towards us and they scared us at first until we saw their owner and realised that they just wanted to play. On the final part of the journey we made a wrong turn and ended up in a ploughed field but with a little help from Woody we made it to the pick up point where we boarded the bus to take us to 5ways where we were camping for the night. We had hiked from Willey to Fiveways which had taken us just over five hours. On Sunday we struck our tents which were very wet. We started our journey towards Bulkington leaving the camp site at just after 10.00am. When we had been walking just over an hour the nice leaders gave us some supplies of water and chocolate bars. When we got to Nicholas Chamberlaine School which was open for a football match we had a loo break, when we got back to the hut we were happy to find that we had beaten the boys back. Melanie

I enjoyed getting lost because I just talked. The worst part was putting the tent up. Food was key on this expedition. I got lost in Tesco and I got lost in a field too, I had a lot of fun. We were spotted by dogs, however they just wanted to play. Hollie

We walked and got lost ending up in a field. We tricked the boys to another place. Hollie got us lost in a field. In the evening Amy-May and I were the last to put our tent up. The next day came and we had breakfast and then we had to put away the tents. It was time to go and we walked until Woody and Richard gave us water and chocolate so we walked faster Anastasia

Me and Hannah went into Tesco’s for hot chocolate and we lost the rest of the group. We finally found them then we walked back to the Scout Hut and started the expedition. On the way to Fiveways we had a few breaks but still we were up forbs walking. Some dogs came with sticks and wanted to play. We got lost in a field because of Hollie. Although we were a bit lost Woody finally saved us although he scared us with his torch. When we got to Fiveways it was dark and we still had to pitch our tents and cook dinner, We were son tired we went to bed and it started to rain. Next day we got woken up by Hollie at a quarter to seven. We set off for the second day. We had to stop off at Nico to go to the toilet. We had some fizzy water and Snickers off the leaders. We beat the boys back to the Scout Hut. Even though we got lost, cold and a little wet we still had a great time Emma

I most enjoyed the walk because we had a lot of fun also I enjoyed getting followed by dogs which were cute. Then we ventured through a lot of fields which were very muddy. After a while we got lost thanks to Hollie Hannah

I enjoyed putting up my tent with Melanie. I really didn’t enjoy sleeping on Saturday night because it was dark and it was very windy and very rainy. I like walking back from Fiveways. Melanie shared her breakfast with me. We had sausages for breakfast.  Kayleigh

I slept with Anastasia.  We ate sweets. We started in Willie. We went shopping. I got lost in Tesco’s. We went into the wrong field. We tricked the boys. We got a minibus. Some dogs came to play. We walked to Fiveways. Amy-May

 

Cub’s Cyclist Badge

Sunday 27th July

Eight Cubs have just successfully completed their Cub Cyclist Badge. To complete this badge the Cubs had to demonstrate that they new how to carry out basic maintenance on their bikes and how to ride them safely.

The morning started off with the Cubs having their bikes checked to ensure that they were roadworthy and to make any necessary adjustments. Next everyone’s helmet was checked and correctly adjusted/ Cycle helmets are off course basic safety gear and all of the Cubs needed to wear a helmet.  This was followed by an interesting talk on biking history and safety by Rich , our very own ‘Wiggy’. Following Wiggy’s talk the Cubs were split into two groups. One group completed some work sheets on cycle safety while the other group learned how to repair punctures and make how to make  basic adjustments to their bikes. After about thirty minutes the two groups swopped over. Then it was time for a well deserved picnic lunch on the lawn outside the Scout Hut. After lunch with all of the ‘safety stuff’ done it was time for action. It was at this point that Sam arrived and volunteered to go home and fetch a bike and a helmet so she could assist Wiggy with the bike ride. Thanks Sam for being such a good sport

The Cubs then headed out for a bike ridge and a bit of ‘off roading’ The Cubs had a great time and did really well. They returned to the Scout Hut in time for the Tuckshop to be opened so that they could enjoy ice cream. Akela Max organized the day and was very well assisted by Richard, Sam & Paddy.

Well done cubs for working so hard and gaining your badge, and for having fun at the same time.

Scout Canoe ‘Safari’

It was Saturday July 26th and  in glorious sunshine an excited group of eighteen Scouts  gathered on the canal bridge at the bottom of Coalpit Fields Road in Bedworth. Their mission? – to canoe and kayak the eight miles to Thompkinson Road Recreation Ground in Nuneaton. With the sun beating down upon them this was not going to be an easy task. Being true Scouts and 1st Bedworth Scouts at that, nothing could daunt them though.  They were determined to succeed on their mission and navigate the canal through to their destination. In charge of the mission were Kev & Steve,  two of Nuneaton’s finest canoeists, assisted by the ever willing Neil & Stu.

After being fitted out with the appropriate safety gear and plastered in sun cream our adventurers were waved off just after 10.00hrs by a small group of parents and slightly less adventurous leaders. What this group lacked in skill was more than made up for by their drive and determination. The forthcoming adventures held no fear for these lads and lasses as they powered their way along the canal.

At roughly the half way point on their mission this brave band of paddlers landed at a secret location to refuel. After hiding their boats in the jungle at the side of the canal they followed the pathway that led them to their refueling point. Waiting for them was a mouth watering feast prepared for them by Jo & Rich (with just a little bit of help from Woody). Over burgers, sausage and ice cold cans of refreshing pop our brave band exchanged tales of ‘daring do’.  Though tired  you could see the determination in the eyes of these rugged individuals. You just knew  that this mission would be completed come what may.

It wasn’t long before these hardy souls were once more heaving their craft back into the water to continue their mission. For security reasons were cannot reveal further details of the mission except to say that they were saved from an attack by a gang of savage swans thanks to a brilliant decoy mission carried out by Kev’s mum in law.

At around 15.30hrs our gallant band of heroes rounded the bend and hove into sight of the welcoming party in the recreation area, a full thirty minutes ahead of schedule. Mission completed our indefatigable band of paddlers  celebrated their success by enjoying some games such as ‘rafting up’ and swopping from one kayak to another. They were not quite so successful as they hoped at this and quite a few of them ended up in the drink but was a little swim in ‘the Cut’ to them after all they had endured.

At 14.00hrs their transport arrived and they were whisked away to their homes to enjoy a welcome shower and no doubt to regale their families with tales of adventure and close encounters.

Everyone had fun and our plucky Scouts all well & truly earned a ‘One Water Journey’ badge. We would like to thank Kev & Steve for their patience, perseverance and good humour without which this adventure would not have been possible.

 

Centenary Day

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See Nuneaton News Article here

On Saturday 3rd May  over two hundred members, friends and family gathered at Rough Close Scout Campsite near Tilehill  Coventry to celebrate 1st Bedworth Scout Group’s Centenary Day. The weather was perfect with a clear blue sky and all of the activities were in place. After months of  careful planning the special day had finally arrived and everyone was ready for action .

After a brief welcome by Matt the event co-ordinator and  Clive our District Commissioner the fun and action were soon underway. For the energetic there was a giant slide, an inflatable assault course, gun carriage racing and pedal cart racing. Anyone who fancied a bit of rough & tumble could have fun on the Rodeo Bull, Demolition Ball, Gladiator Duel and Sumo Wrestling. The mobile climbing wall, run by our very own Bedworth Roped Activities Team (We will let you work out what they are called for short !) , was kept very busy , also  the more adventurous were able to try their hand at crate stacking. Archery , Beat the Buzzer  and  Airball racing were among the activities that  needed a lot of skill to master but didn’t require any degree of real physical effort, perhaps that’s why they proved so popular with Paddy and many of the other veterans who were present on the day.

More traditional activities were also available. Two of the  most popular of these were the crafts area and  twist making. The crafts were provided by members of our County Active Support  Unit who were described by one of our Beavers as the “Craft Masters’ which I think is a brilliant and well deserved title. For the uninitiated Twists are made from a dough mix which is twisted around a stick or skewer and then cooked over the embers of an open wood fire before finally being enjoyed with jam or chocolate spread.

The activities ran  from 10.00am until 5.00pm with just a short break for a buffet lunch. The lunch  was gallantly prepared by |a group of willing volunteers and one or two others who I believe may have been ‘press ganged’ . I think they were a bunch of heroes, preparing sandwiches for over two hundred people plus  all of the extra little bits that go to make a good buffet is no mean task . I must say they accomplished this with  great aplomb and they have my undying gratitude . When activities ceased at 5.00pm out came the BBQ’s and everyone enjoyed cooking their own food and having a little time to relax.

After the BBQ some of our day visitors headed for home but a few of the more resilient among us remained for the camp fire which was being held in the Camp Fire Circle. We were joined by a number of Scouts from other Scout Groups who were camping at Rough Close and by members of Nuneaton North who were also camping at Rough Close and who are also celebrating their Centenary this year. I am not sure whether it was the large numbers of people who were gathered around the camp fire, or whether it was the presence of North & Bedworth, that scared them off, but  the organisers of the fire got ‘cold feet’  and didn’t make an appearance. It fell upon Rob from North and I  to step into the breach and lead what turned out to be an impromptu but very memorable  camp fire for everyone who was assembled. Be Prepared is our motto and on that night North & Bedworth were prepared , just as we have been for the last hundred years,

After the camp fire the rest of our hardy day visitors left for home, but it wasn’t all over yet. Around fifty members including Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders were set to stay at Rough Close and enjoy a weekend of traditional Scouting activities until Monday afternoon. Everyone enjoyed exploring the woods, wide games , orienteering, traditional wood fire cooking, camp fire songs and yarns and lots of other activities. Many of the youngsters earned Activity Badges, including the Beavers who were among the first Beavers in the Country to earn the new Beaver Camp Craft Badge.

There has been lots of great feedback from this camp.  The event  was made possible by the contributions  of a great team of people who planned the event, ran the activities , prepared the food , and did all those numerous other jobs that make an event like this a great success. I would personally like to thank every single one of them  for making our first major event of our Centenary Year such a memorable occasion. To quote Ralph Reader “These are the times that we will dream about and we’ll  call them the good old days” . Never a truer word

I think the final word on this camp should go to Nattasha who is a Cub in Walton Pack.

“This was the best camp ever. Because I had a really good time. I really enjoyed the wide games. Centenary day was great because I really enjoyed the twists we made with woody and paddy. And I really enjoyed all the inflatables, because on one game I didn’t get knocked off, you know on the wrecking ball. And the big slide was really fun. And the bucking bronco was great fun. But I enjoyed camping over and sleeping in a tent together with the other girl cubs. And this was my first camp as a Cub Scout. Thank you woody for investing me, and thank you Matt for planning all the activities on the Saturday”

Thank you, this was the BEST camp EVER”

 

Well I think that says it all – Don’t you ?

 

Woody

Group Scout Leader

 

Success In District Cub Quiz

Here is a report from Akela Max  about 1st Bedworth’s success in the recent Cub District Quiz.

Thursday 14th November was a great night, It was Nuneaton District Cub’s Quiz which was held at 1st Nuneaton’s (Attleborough) Scout Headquarters. Each Pack in the District could enter a team of six  Cubs. 1st Bedworth’s team was Emma, Hannah, Rose, Katie, Jake & Destiny,

 The subjects included general knowledge, sport, Scouting, foods . music and several other topics. Seven teams in total took part and I am happy to say that 1st Bedworh came joint first with Weddington Cubs. This meant that along with Weddington we would have the honour of representing Nuneaton District in the Warwickshire County Cub Quiz.

I  am  so proud that 1st Bedworth had made It through to the County Quiz which was held at Rugby Scout Headquarters on Saturday 21st November. The team had arrived at the venue before I got there and they had  come up with their team name already.  ‘Max’s Stars’ were ready to rock and roll. Nine teams took part in the County Quiz and there were ten rounds with ten questions in each round. Topics included music, Scouting, Famous people,general knowledge, entertainment, spot the difference, space & science. Though we didn’t win the quiz I am very proud of ‘Max’s Stars’. I am hoping that we can win next year’s District Quiz so that we can represent Nuneaton at next year’s County Quiz in Stratford Upon Avon.

Everyone at 1st Bedworth is also very proud of ‘Max’s Stars’ Well done Cubs – A  great effort.

Scout Film Making Weekend

From Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2013 twelve Scouts enjoyed a film making weekend. The weekend was organised by Luke , normally known by everyone as ‘Atko’ . The target for the weekend was for the Scouts to produce a short film which would have it’s premiere on Sunday afternoon before the Scouts went home. This would be quite a task even for professionals but could it be achieved by a group of youngsters with no previous experience.

All aspects had to be thought out, planned and executed in less than forty eight hours. The Screenplay had to be written, auditions held for the main roles, props and costumes had to be made, all of the technical positions such as Camerman, Grips , First Assistant Director had to be filled and of course there was a need to rehearse. All of this had to be done at the Scout Hut on Friday night before everyone headed of to Beaudesert Scout Camp on Saturday morning for location shooting. All of the shooting had to be completed on Saturday so that the whole movie could be edited on Sunday.

The youngsters were magnificent and rose to the challenge. ‘Atkko’ who has worked with professionals said that they were one of the best groups he had ever worked with. They met their targets and the eight minute film was premiered on the Sunday as planned. All of the Scouts concerned gained a well deserved Photographer or Advanced Photographer badge. All of the Scouts and ‘Atko’ want to make a sequel next year. Eat your heart out Spielberg!

There follows a report by Melanie who was one of the Scouts on the weekend. She has titled the report ‘Zombie Camp’ as this is what the weekend became known as once it was decided to make a Zombie film

Zombie Camp

On Friday evening 12 Scouts arrived at the hut ready for a movie making weekend.

First Acko sorted out what jobs that needed to be done, all of the girls took up the jobs of costumes and makeup whilst the boys took on jobs like camera man, or props manager..

Devon and I were told to start making some fake blood for the movie, getting it to the correct colour.  After that we tested out the effects on Shaun.

Following all the preparation we had some free time and then were told to get good nights sleep as we had a busy day ahead.

Saturday, following breakfast , we headed off to Beaudesert ready to start filming.  At Beau the camera men got the cameras ready and the props team set up their props, and we were ready for the first shoot. After a while it was finally time to make up the zombies ready for filming, some actors co-operated with makeup whilst others were ticklish.  After a rehearsal it was time to film the Zombie scene, this took several attempts at filming from all different angles with pauses for makeup touch up.

Once all the daytime outdoor filming was complete we headed back to the hut for tea and to wait for dark to be able to film the last two scenes.  It never did get quite dark enough so we had to hold up long lengths of black cloth to get a better effect.

Once all the filming was complete we had the usual tradition of a ghost story form Woody.

Sunday morning we all had a go at editing different section of the film and by just after lunch we had a movie ready to show.

If you would like to view please pick up a slip with the link from the Scout HQ

Sequel to follow next year!

 Melanie 

 

Thank you Melanie for a great report if you are not able to get up to our Scout Hut and pick up a slip with the link to watch the movie please email gsl@1stbedworth.co.uk and we will send you details of how you can view the film.

The Swirl Of The Pipes

Andrew who is one of  our Cub parents is a Piper. In full regalia he kindly  visited both of our Cub Packs and the Cubs had a great night. Andrew played the pipes and talked about the pipes and his regalia. Ben who is a Cub in our Hopkins (Tuesday night) Cub Pack wrote us this report about Andrew’s visit.

When Andrew came in with his Bagpipes he started out with playing a tune and it was beautiful. As he explained about the pipes he showed us how to play them and even let us have a go. Most people went bright red. When he talked about the weapons he carried, Andrew let us touch them. The Cubs liked this and it was a great experience for the Cubs and the Leaders, it was fun I enjoyed it

Thank you Ben for your report. We would all like to thank Andrew for his visits. He gave the Cubs an experience that I am sure they will remember for a long while to come.

Haddon Scouts Climb To New Heights

This years Scout Challenge Day took place in Nuneaton Town Centre on Saturday 13th April. A climbing wall was set up outside Wilkinsons and teams of Scouts were challenged  to see how many times they could climb up the wall and descend again in their 80 minute time slot.

The girls from Haddon Troop completed a magnificient 67 climbs to win the Trophy. The runners up were 1st Bulkington who completed 59 climbs. The lads from 1st Bedworth Wilson came 5th with 52 climbs.

The wall was operated by the B.R.A.T’s (Beduff Roped Activities Team) from 1st Bedworth who did a great job in keeping the activity running safely and without a break.

Collectively all of the teams on the day achieved  549 climbs, which amounted to 3,294 metres. It means that between them they climbed higher than Hockenhorn, which is in the Alps in Switzerland and stands at 3,293 metres.

Darren Keach, the Assistant District Commissioner for Scouts who organised the activity, was delighted with how the day went. He said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day and I was so pleased with how it went. The scouts all loved it and want me to organise a climbing day again. The challenge was really hard, and I was surprised how high they all reached.”

 

 

Scout Super Troop Challenge

From the evening of Friday 9th November until dinner time on Sunday 11th November the  Scout Super Troop Challenge was held at the Scout Hut. This is an annual event between Haddon (Tuesday) Girls  and Wilson (Wednesday) Boy’s  Troop. This is a fiercely fought for Trophy which until last year had always been won by Haddon Troop. Last year though a boys  team won the Trophy for the first time.

Nicholas who is currently a Cub Scout in Walton (Thursday) Pack took part on this activity as part of his ‘Link’ to the Troop has written us this report’

“This was first camp as a Scout and I was very excited and nervous, but really looking forward to it.We arrived at the scout hut for 7pm on the Friday night and were put into patrols, there were two  patrols from Wilson Troop, yellow and Green and one patrol from Haddon troop.

We planned our menu for the weekend and then made a shopping list. Two members from each patrol went to Tesco with some leaders to buy the food. When the food came back we cooked supper for ourselves and the leaders. After that we turned in for the night.

 We woke on Saturday morning and cooked breakfast, again for ourselves and the leaders. After breakfast we started doing team based challenges like lining up in age order without talking, moving a hula hoop around the team whilst holding hands, and a fun first aid based challenge. We then made lunch for ourselves and the leaders again. After lunch we had to collect wood for a fire, then we had a fire lighting challenge. Once the fires were lit and going well we had to cook dinner on the fires. After dinner we were taken to a drop of point and hiked back to Scout  Hut in the dark. This was the first time I have done this and was a bit scary but funny as well.  It was good that most of the other scouts on my team had done this before. My group were the second team to leave and first team to get back. When got back to the scout hut we watched a movie and then went to bed.

On Sunday morning Woody woke us up nice and early so we could have breakfast, get washed and changed and packed away ready for parade. After parade when we got back to the hut we told who had won and it was my patrol (only just as it was very close on the scores) and we were presented with a medal and the supertroop trophy.

Thanks for the report Nicholas and we are glad you enjoyed the event. As you can see from the report the boys were successful in retaining the Trophy.

District Cub Scout Quiz

On Thursday 8th November we entered two teams into the District Cub Scout Quiz. Akela Maxine has kindly written us a report on this event.

The event was held at 1st Nuneaton’s Scout Headquarters, Joe, Emma, Hollie , Ryan, Rhys and Nicole represented Hopkins (Tuesday ) Pack . Emma, Joe, Joseph, Spencer, Paul and Hannah represented Walton (Thursday) Pack. There were five rounds of questions including  Science,  Food & Sport. There was also the  Famous Faces Picture round which we always have each year. Everyone who took part had a great night and the event was enjoyed by all. Our two teams were very successful and the both earned joint second place. Congratulation to 1st Bulkington Pack who won the event. Our  two teams and Bulkington’s teams will now represent Nuneaton District in the County Quiz. I was very proud of everyone who took part and I would like to thank everyone who was involved with the organisation of this event.

 

Scout Photographer Badge Day

At 9.00am on Saturday 3rd November  Callum, Dylan, John, Melanie and Tom met at Scout Hut to start work on their Photographers Badge. The course was organised by Luke Atkinson and he was assisted by Matt Whitehall.

The day started with Luke & Matt demonstrating different types of  photographic equipment which they had both brought along. The Scouts were indeed lucky to be able to see such an array of gear which was worth several thousand pounds. Luke and Matt gave a very informative demonstration of their equipment and the Scouts were really interested in all that they heard and they asked a number of interesting questions which were ably answered by Matt & Luke.

Next the Scouts looked at a number of photo’s on Luke’s computer and discussed them. They identified what genre each photograph fell into, for instance portrait, documentary, landscape or similar. They discussed the composition of each photo, leading lines , how they were lit and similar technical and artistic detail. By the end of this session the Scouts had a better understanding of what makes  a great photo .It also transpired that they didn’t think much of David Bailey’s work but Luke promised not to tell him.

Then it was time for the Scouts to head off into the wide world, well Bedworth Town Centre anyway , on their first photographic assignment. They had an hour to take photo’s of iconic Bedworth landmarks, and also to take some fun and action shots if they wished.  The Scouts returned with some great work which was discussed and downloaded onto Luke’s laptop.

 Photos from Assignment 1

Their next photographic assignment was to produce a number of photos using fast shutter speeds. They experimented with photographing food colouring being dropped into water, also coins and pebbles being dropped into coloured liquid. One of the highlights of the day was the session where the Scouts took pictures of each other smashing oranges, tomatoes and plums with hammers. It was very messy but very enjoyable and the photographic results were brilliant.

Photos from Assignment 2

The final photographic assignment of the day involved using slow shutter speeds to ’paint with light’ using torches and sparklers they let their imagination run wild and produced some great results

Photos from Assignment 3.

After tidying up the Scouts displayed their photo’s in the main hall for to be seen by everyone present. The parents who had arrived were very impressed by their youngsters artistic prowess and I am sure that the Scouts were deservedly very proud of themselves.

Luke then presented the Scouts with well earned prizes in recognition of their effort, excellent work and faultless behaviour. All that remains now is for the Scouts to be presented with their Photographer Badges on Troop Night.

Thanks to Luke and Matt for putting on a great day which was very much enjoyed by all of the Scouts who took part. Well done Scouts for being so enthusiastic and so well behaved.

A Fun Cub Camp at the Scout Hut – A report by Joseph.

In September we held an overnight Cub Camp at the Scout Hut. On arrival on the Saturday morning the Cubs were put into teams and each team pitched their own sleeping tent on the lawn outside the Scout Hut. After flagbreak and changing out of their uniform the Cubs collected loads of fire wood from the ‘green’ outside the Scout Hut.

After lunch the Cubs were shown how to prepare their wood using an hand axe and  each team lit a fire. All of the Cubs cooked their own meal of Sausage, Beans and Potatoes on the fire.They even cooked the Leaders meals and the food was delicious and well cooked. After washing up and clearing away the Cubs enjoyed a good old fashioned camp fire , with a sing song, some silly stories, and a ghost story. After the Cubs had cooked marshmellows on the fire and drank loads of warming hot chocolate they turned in for the night in their tents

On Sunday morning the Cubs worked on their D.I.Y, badge and they each made an insect feeder out of wood and bamboo canes. After lunch the weekend was rounded off  with an exciting rifle shooting competition. During all of the activities the Cubs were very carefully supervised by experienced Leaders . It was a great weekend and all of the Cubs had a great weekend. Joseph tells us in his report on the weekend what he thought of the experience.

I had a great time at the Camp. It was also my first Cub camp. My Favourite activity was shooting, however my team didn’t win. Also my other favourite activity was collecting and chopping the wood for the fire. This was the first camping trip I have had for ages. I really enjoyed the Pink Gorilla story around the campfire! The camp was exhilarating , it made me want to go on more camps

Click the link below to see some photo’s
http://www.1stbedworth.co.uk/features-and-notices/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16&Itemid=95&album=true&photosetId=72157631711531302#album

Cub Fire Station Visit – A Report by William

In August our two Cub Packs were invited to visit Bedworth Fire Station as part of their Community Challenge Badge. The Cubs had an interesting & fun time and the Firefighters were great hosts. The following report was written by William who is a Cub on a Thursday Night.

On Thursday 16th August the Cubs and I went to  Bedworth Fire Station for our Community Badge. The Fire Fighters showed us the equipment and let us try the breathing apparatus. We went in the fire engine and the Fire Fighters showed us what was in the lockers on the machine. We squirted water out of the fire hoses and that was really good fun. We all ad a really good time and it was a very interesting night

Cubs Visit to the Old Meeting House by Nicholas

Both Cubs pack visited the Old Meeting House and were treated to a fascinating  tour of the building  and a very interesting talk about the Meeting House and the history of Bedworth. Nicholas who is one of our Cubs wrote this report for us.

When I went to the Old Meeting House I heard about a person called Julius Saunders. He helped to  found the Old Meeting Church with  some other people called the Tops. The Topps made pipes for the organ and tin bottles  for the miners. The church is nearly 300 years old. It was built in 1726.

I also learned about the chained bibles. They were chained to stop people from robbing them. The bibles are really old, about 300 years. It was so amazing that I want to learn more about the Old Meeting Hall. The stairs to the balcony were quite scary with the swirly bit going around and around.

Thanks to Mrs Burton for telling us all about this & Akela Maxine for arranging the visit. The Old Meeting  also had a 100 years titanic expedition.  If you want to find out how did it get there and where it is search on line it may look like a normal church but it holds many many secrets

To view some photo’s of this visit please click the link below

http://www.1stbedworth.co.uk/features-and-notices/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16&Itemid=95&album=true&photosetId=72157631033493786#album

Cub Cyclist Badge Report from Imi & Liam

We joined forces with 1st Bulkington Scouts and held a Cub Cyclist Badge Activity Day. 1st Bulkington kindly hosted the event at their Scout Hut. All of the Cubs had a great time and past the badge.Two of our Cubs have kindly written a report about the day.

 

Cub Cyclists Badge Report by Imi

First of all we arrived at the Scout Hut in Bulkington to have our bikes checked. If our bike passed the test we went inside. Once everyone was inside ‘Chill’ explained bike rules and bike safety. Then we split into three groups , group one, group two & group three. We then got on with the activities. I was in group one and first we did puncture repairs. We learned to take the inner tube in and out. After that group one went inside to do loads of little quizzes and we had to know what to wear on a bike. The last quiz was easy you could just follow the words and fill them in. then we had lunch.

After lunch group one had a road bike route. We had to ride up the road then we had to turn into a car park. There we practised putting a hand off the bike and back on.. After that we had an off road task. We had to ride up and down a dirt track and it was fun. When we finished that the obstacle course was next. First of all we had to weave through cones, then ride straight through a rope, then make a figure of eight. We then rode in boxes and in the blue square or box we rang our bell, and then we had to ride back to Max.

 

Cub Cyclists Badge Report by  Liam

On Saturday 10th May we went to 1st Buklkington  Scout Hut to get our Cycling badge. We learnt how to take a tyre off and how to fix a puncture. We learnt the hand signals and we went on a dirt track and it was really fun. We got to pump up a tyre and find a puncture in a bowl of water. We went round an obstacle course and that was lots of fun.

To see some photos of this event please click the link below

http://www.1stbedworth.co.uk/features-and-notices/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16&Itemid=95&album=true&photosetId=72157630267636974#album

Scout Winter Camp 2011

Scout Winter Camp 2011 was based at the Scout Hut from  Friday 2nd December to Sunday 4th December and was enjoyed by twenty three Scouts, four Young Leaders and five adults. We based the camp at the hut to keep costs down so the activity would be affordable to more Scouts.

On the Friday evening everyone was split into three teams and we enjoyed a couple of hours of games and competitions. After supper we watched a DVD on  big screen until we turned in to bed in the early hours of the morning.

On Saturday morning we had a fairly early start and some of us had a lot of difficulty in dragging ourselves out of our beds, perhaps we should have took Woody’s advice and got some sleep instead of larking around most of the night! After breakfast we were ready to head off for our day’s activities. Most of us headed off to Solihull Ice Rink in the minibus, as well Leigh’s & Meeky’s cars.  Three Scouts plus Jason & Woody headed for Think Tank in Birmingham. Both parties had a great time. The ice skaters enjoyed whizzing around on the ice, and though there was the odd tumble, everyone survived without injury. Think tank was great fun and we had a great time pushing loads of buttons and playing on the telephones in the kiddies village.

After Ice skating and Think Tank we enjoyed some shopping. Around tea time both parties met up by the Bull in the Bullring. We couldn’t climb onto the bull to have our photo took as he had just been fitted with a brand new Christmas Jumper. Bravely we headed off to explorer the nearby German Market. The crowds were horrendous and we spent ages trapped in the crowds unable to move in any direction, but having said that , it was still good fun and some of us succeeded in buying doughnuts !

We were late leaving Birmingham and we had to contact Jo back at the Scout hut to let her know we were late. Jo had kindly volunteered to go up to the Scout Hut and put the pizzas in the oven for us. When we returned to the Scout Hut after an  uneventful journey, there was a bonus! Jo had not only put the Pizzas into the oven , but she had also done the jacket potatoes and when we got back to the Scout Hut we were all able to sit down to a slap up feast prepared by Jo. We were all absolutely shattered after a busy day and we were  grateful to Jo that she had saved us from doing any cooking. After a  quiet couple of hours watching another DVD or just chillin’ with our mates we turned into bed a little earlier on the Saturday night. On Saturday we actually all got some sleep. We were just too tired to muck about.

Sunday morning soon came around and it was time to drag ourselves out of our sleeping bags again. Woody was his usual annoyingly cheerful self, how can anyone be that happy before the sun has even come up? After a hearty breakfast it was time to head off to Rough Close for a day’s worth of activities. For those of you who don’t know about Rough Close it is the Coventry Scout County’s own camp site near Tile Hill. On arrival at Rough Close we played a couple of wide games in the woods. The wide games were organised by Meeky & Leigh with the help of the Young Leaders and were really great fun. After the wide games we did some backwoods cooking, that is cooking on wood fires without any utensils. The Banana Dream Boats were very popular. To cook these we slit a banana and put in some chocolate and then cooked it on the embers in the fire-yummy. We also cooked eggs in orange skins and twists.

Another activity we did  while we were at Rough Close was archery in the Maclean Building. This was great fun and some of  us got quite good scores. After we finished the Archery and the Backwoods cooking we had another wide game before heading back to the Scout Hut. We were very lucky with the weather on Sunday, it was reasonably warm and there was hardly any rain which was great as we were outside most of the day. The day at Rough Close was organanised  by Andy M and we would like to thank him for a  great day. When we returned to the Scout Hut t was time to pick up our kit and head off home,, very tired but very happy after another fun weekend.

To close this report a few words by John who is one of our younger Scouts. Winter Camp is a fun filled weekend for everyone. This weekend was the best camp ever. I learned how to ice skate very fast. The new things,  learnt how to cook  on a fire, how to start a fire and how to use wood shavings to start it. Camping is one of the most fun things you can do and Winter Camp is by far the best camp”

 

Click the link below to see some photos of our day at Rough Close

http://www.1stbedworth.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16&Itemid=95&album=true&photosetId=72157629064840693#album