Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Scout Survival Skills Weekend


During the last weekend in March 2014 we went to the Ennerdale Camp site for a survival skills weekend.

Four leaders attended and 8 Scouts and we are happy to report that everyone had a great time learning new skills and just being outdoors almost all the time.

It was great to see Scout Leader Gavin return after a long absence and together with our newly
appointed assistant leader John Leach they formed a good partnership and imparted a lot of knowledge to the Scouts.

Mike and Lou were also there in a support capacity.

We bedded down in the bunkhouse at night and Saturday food was provided from a central kitchen. On Saturday the skills imparted were axemanship, setting up bivvies using both plastic sheeting and natural materials.

They learned how to find north without a compass, how to set a map and how to use a marching compass. They learned about different  trees and types of wood and Saturday evening sat round a camp fire toasting toes before retiring to the indoors for a big meal. One or two fell asleep on chairs prior to bed time!

Sunday we learned how to make fires using things other than matches, ie flint and steel and we were successful.

Once we had a good fire going and lots of glowing embers everyone packed their own Sunday lunch in tinfoil and cooked it on the fire. Chicken potatoes and veg wrapped in cabbage was a popular option.

The site and bunkhouse were cleaned up and all left on time.

Next term will see us putting those skills acquired to the test when we sleep under the stars in our shelters!
Date to be advised.


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Yellow Beaver's Log Chew for 27th March 2014

Dear Mums & Dads & Beavers

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums for tomorrow.  We hope you like your paper weight for the desk or to secure that huge pile of papers in the kitchen.

Some fabulous news ......... our website is now up and running:

www.2ndmaryport.co.uk

Please have a look and let us know what you think?  There is still some information to add in the Cub & Scout Sections as well as the Gallery, but otherwise it is pretty much in the final stage. If you notice any obvious mistakes, let me know and I can correct them.

Now ...... to the Egg Heads that you planted 2 weeks ago - how are they getting on?  If you bring them back next week, we can see which one has grown the most and have a little prize for it

We have two more weeks left at Beavers for this term: 3rd & 10th April.  I have decided to meet on the 10th even though some schools will have finished.

We will have one week off (Maundy Thursday) and come back on 24th April, (although some schools may be closed), so please make a note on your calender

We will see how the weather goes and maybe we can get outside somewhere on that last night (10th), but I won't know till the week before, so this is just to put you on standby!

On the new website are all the Beaver Badge requirements, so please do have a look and see what you can do over the holidays.  Most are pretty straight-forward and you could have a few more badges when we come back for the summer term without too much effort. We just don't have the time to get it all done in the weekly meetings, so - over to you.....

Parents' Rota - we only have one or two names on the parent rota for the Summer Term and some Mums/Dads have come at least 3 times, so please will you take your turn and sign up?  There is no pressure to join in, but I MUST have another adult present to be able to operate within the rules.  it would be a shame to have to send everyone home for want of someone to stay for an hour.  Thanks in advance

Have you left? I still have two Beavers who have been missing for 4 weeks - have you left? can you let me know please if your child is coming back?  We have a big waiting list and lots of keen little children waiting to join us.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Yellow Beaver's Log Chew for 20th March 2014

Hello Beavers, Mums & Dads

Thank you for remembering the pebbles this week, we have prepared them and will be making a lovely Mother's Day present next week.  We hope you like it .....

Everybody planted some mustard seeds in their egg shells this week.

If you keep the cotton wool moist, the seeds will germinate in the next couple of days and then sprout.  If you can bring them back in two weeks, then we can see which face has the longest hair on it.  I will organise a little prize as I know how competitive the Beavers are!

I don't have any details yet, but there will be a Parade on Saturday 26th April 2014 in the town, which we, as well as other organisations have been invited to attend as part of the WWI centenary events.  As soon as I get more details, I will let you know.

Just another reminder that if your child is not coming back to Beavers, PLEASE let me know.  I will be taking on more Beavers after Easter and it would be very useful if you could let me know asap

Yellow Beaver's Log Chew for 13th March 2014

Hello Beavers, Mums and Dads

Well the weather has not been too nice has it this week? You can hardly see Scotland most days!

Well, we all learned some new skills last week - a thumb knot and a figure of eight knot. Well done to all the Beavers, we will have another try this week coming, just so that everyone learns it.

Next week, all Beavers need to bring a large flat pebble, just smaller than a side plate.

We have a Quiz Night fund raiser for the Group on 26th March 2014 at The Bounty Inn, Netherton, Maryport at 8.00pm.  If you would like to  make up a team, just go along.

Also, just to let you know, we have our 75th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on 26th April 2014, please give Mike a call on 01900 818143 or email maryportscouts@yahoo.com if you would like to know more.  If you know anyone who has been in the Scout Group in the last 75 years - please let them know that we would like to see them

If you son is loosing interest and no longer wishes to come, would you be good enough to either email or telephone me to let me know.  I am due to contact the new intake shortly for admission after Easter, so it would be really useful to know what the situation is.........

Yellow Beaver's Log Chew 27th February 2014

Dear Beavers, Mums & Dads

We hope you enjoyed our Banana Night last night and especially the Banana Splits we made during the evening. Thanks to Nicola for helping us with these

Ethan, one of our Scouts has joined us for a (minimum) 6 week stay while he is working on his Community Badge.  Welcome to him.

We have received our framed Certificate from the Toilet Twinning Organisation confirming we are now twinned with a toilet in Napal.  If you look in the loo, the certificate is on the window ledge and you can see what it looks like.  Thanks once again.  We are feeling very flushed with success!

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Just to remind you that next week, 6th March 2014 is our Night Hike along the Prom.  This will count towards 2 badges - Hikes Away and Adventurous Activities.

Each Beaver will need a torch (more for their own re-assurance, I think) as well as a warm coat, and hat and gloves if it is unusually chilly.

I have some safety equipment that we will while we are walking to  make sure no-one gets lost.

I will arrange for a hot snack at the end for everyone, so it would be very useful if you could let me know who (Beaver &/or Adults) is coming so that I can do the shopping.

It will also mean we are not hanging around waiting for anyone if I know your child cannot make it.

We will set off promptly at 6.30pm and walk towards the Golf Course.

I will need to have 5 parents with me during the evening.

If you are coming along, you do not need to fill in a form.

However, if your child is coming on their own, you do need to fill in the attached Activity Form, giving your consent and bring it along on the night and hand it to me.

The Scout Association Rules say that I cannot take your child without the form.

So - I am very excited about our first Night Hike that the Colony has every undertaken and can't wait.

If you are not sure about the meeting point - please ring me

I will be there from 6.10pm waiting for you

Yellow Beaver's Log Chew for 13th February 2014

Dear Mums, Dads & Beavers

We hope you enjoyed the Valentine cards that came home last night.  I think they were of a very high standard and all the Beavers tried very hard

The Beavers were quite mad last night - you could tell that a school holiday starts today!  Hope you enjoy the week together, (more about what to do below).  I am away seeking some sun for a few days, but will be back in good time for 27th February.

On Thursday, 6th March, we will be taking part in our exciting Night-time Hike.  I will give you all the details about this after the holiday. This is part of our Adventure Badge and will take place during our normal meeting time 6.30pm-7.30pm).

We will need about 6 adults that night, so if you are free, then please do come along with us and enjoy the walk

There will be a 'Permission Form' to complete as well.  I have purchased some special safety equipment and the Beavers just need to wrap up warm and bring a torch, nature will do the rest for us that night and I am sure it will be very exciting.

Also - we will be having a Sleep-Over in May time, but more details on that will follow in due course.

Thank you to everyone to saved pennies for our Toilet Twinning charity.  We met the target of £60 and collected another £8 on top to pay for a giant toilet roll as well.  I have sent off the money today and hopefully a certificate will come back shortly, which I will display in the hall.  The Beavers can all be very proud of themselves for making other childrens' lives easier.  This goes towards our Global Challenge Badge.

Half Term Holiday .............................. Please do have a go at some badges next week.  If you haven't got the badge book to look at, you can check on-line at www.scouts.org.uk.

There are some easy ones that you could have a go at:

Animal Friend (Download workbook to complete)
Experiment
Creative
Hobbies (do you belong to Karate, football, rugby, tennis clubs, Ride a horse? then this    
                badge is for you?)
Imagination
Healthy eating (Download workbook to complete)
Musician
IT
Swimmer

All of these badges are designed to be done as individuals at home, so get cracking and bring me back the 'proof' you have done it after the Half Term and then you can have your badges!!!!!

Yellow Beaver's Log Chew for 30th January 2014

Dear Mums, Dads and Beavers

On the 30th, we had out joint meeting with the Cubs and it was really nice to see our  old Beavers officially swim up to Cubs and be invested

We then had our own investiture for James, Henry & Luke and we wish them all well

As it was Chinese  New Year, we made lanterns and I hope you managed to get them home without them getting too wet or collapsing.  There are a few left behind on the notice-board if you want to have a look and see if it belongs to you? Gong Hoi Fat Choy

We have had the majority of the milk bottles back that we are collecting pennies in for the toilet twinning scheme - only 6 more to come back.  Please can you try and remember next week, so that I can get the toilet ordered and sent off by Half Term.

We do not have any parents signed up for 7th March, 20th March, 27th March or 3rd April, so if you have not volunteered to take a turn yet, please would you do so on one of those 4 nights.

12 Beavers and 2 Cubs  had a lovely time at Funtastic on Saturday and everyone went home tired and happy.  I am told that the new one at Lillyhall is very good, so next time we will try there.

Don't forget to start to do some work at home on those badges like swimming, music, IT, hobbies, imagination - just being me the proof and I will give you the badge.  Its as simple as that...........

That's all for this week - see you Thursday