There is a reason we don't do the cyclist activity badge very often.......... the 40km ride is tough going even on a lovely spring day in a picturesque location. We had eleven scouts turn up to take on this challenge and a large number of parents and helpers. After the safety brief was over away the group went, leaders amongst the mix. It didn't take too many laps to spread the group out and the first scouts to finish did the 24 laps in 2 hours and 20 minutes. The weather was very kind to us and we were all done by 2.30pm, having plenty of breaks for drinks and lunch. Thank you to Holly for organising the activity towards her Y/L award. Also need to mention 1st Little Stoke for letting us use their hut for toilets etc. Finally a massive WELL DONE to all that took part, you all did a great job and deserve this section of the cyclist activity badge.
This evening we saw 20+ bicycles being wheeled into the OSR for maintenance checks by Lisa from South Glos. bikeability and Mr Bike workshops and John Turner talking about road safety, the highway code amongst other technical requirements of the badge. Of all the bikes there were only 3 that needed either a specialist part or more in depth maintenance. The rest after small adjustments here and there were roadworthy and ready for the weekend.
Big thank you to Lisa and John for giving up their Wednesday evening to help the troop out..
Continuing with our digital citizen and ICT theme from last term we visited the apple store, Cribbs causeway for a field trip. The scouts were engrossed in the technology and managed some coding and digital comic strip design and editing. As part of the visit they all got to keep their Apple ear phones and came away with an Apple field trip t-shirt. The scouts were impeccably behaved and the Apple staff were much impressed. We have even been invited back.
Harry and Larah's session of games and patrol team challenges and we went to St. Michaels school and got the pioneering poles and ropes from the container and saw who could build an A frame and then get a patrol member to climb on it to test it out. Points were on offer for team work and final construction.