We’ve put on a varied programme of activities over the last year, including: a walk (and a very well fought game of Capture the Flag) on Puttenham common, tracking, pancake making, blindfold trails, tent pitching, fire lighting (and cooking).
To celebrate 100 years of Scouting we’ve been running a 100 challenge throughout the year, with 10 challenges being given out each month. 15 of the Cubs went to the District Centenary Camp in May at Henley Fort.
We’ve won both the District events held this year, first we were joint winners (with a team from 1st Stoughton) of the Handicraft Competition at the end of last year. One of the facts that has come to light to celebrate 100 years of Scouting is that the majority of the men who have walked on the moon were in their youth Scouts. To celebrate this, the challenge was to design and build a model of a rocket capable of flying to the moon.
The second District event we won was the Indoor Challenge. To celebrate 100 years of Scouting it had an international theme. On the day each of the 10 teams picked an envelope containing the name of a country. Their challenge for the competition was to figure out which photo on the wall was the landmark from their country, based on a description and to build a model of it. In addition they had to make the flag of the country, write out the Cub Scout law and promise 3 traditional dishes for the country, and to guess which country 11 different pieces of music came from. Our two teams respectively drew Malaysia and Italy. They built models of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The competition was very tight, and it came down to a tie breaker between three teams. After many tie-breaker questions one of our teams triumphed by the narrowest of margins.
Last year also saw our first Sixers and Seconders camp at the start of October. All 8 Sixers and Seconders attended and thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, learning not only new skills, but also trying out lots of new games and cooking their lunch on altar fires on both days.
We’re currently in the middle of doing the Athletes badge (when the weather is nice), the Home Safety badge (when the weather isn’t) and also working towards the Fitness Challenge.
In the next couple of weeks we’ll be taking part in the District Sports Challenge, and will be holding another Sixers and Seconders camp after the summer holidays.
As always we could do with more help at meetings, we’re very grateful to the parents, in particular, who’ve given up their time to help this term.