Today was the official Poppy launch organised by The Royal British Legion in Stoke Gifford, the OSR Scouts attended Parkway Train Station at 2pm to help with the official photograph amongst other organisations. It will be published in the local papers, newsletters and websites like ours. The S/G RBL have been amongst the highest fundraisers in the country and every year we help them with whatever they need. Thank you to all the scouts that attended today.
so tonight was a classic too much to do and not enough time.......
Well tonight was classic after the formal parts we split into patrols to plan the menu, list of ingredients and method for the 2 course meal for the international evening after half term. Mixing the xmas cake ingredients ready for baking and then decorating etc later in the term and as if we didn’t have enough we thought in grass heads as a patrol competition to see who could grow the longest hair! A great night was had by all. Good job scouts especially all those that volunteered to cleanup etc.
The leaders would like to express how proud we all our of the beavers for how well they listened to Richard on Monday. With the build up to the 100 year Centenary of WW1 we sat the Beavers down and they listened to The Last Post and Richard telling them about WW1 for around 15 minutes. None of them needed to be told to 'shoosh' and they all paid rapt attention - Well done Beavers.
After listening the Beavers were shown how to make a Bi-plan, photos of which you can see below.
Jamboree on the internet time again now run at Woodhouse Park with the added bonus of all the adventurous activities and all for £12 incredible. The scouts spent the morning experiencing the hi ropes course, abseiling, climbing, crate stacking, leap of faith, Jacobs ladder, axe throwing and archery. Then after lunch they took part in joti, JOTA, cooking, electronics, arts and crafts, talking on Avon Scout Radio, international themed activities. All for £12 wow that’s great value for money ohh and they have a badge to remember the whole fabulous day plus the weather was great.
Tonight the Old School Rooms Scout troop were visited by Tony and his wife Barbara. Both are previous youth workers and 5 years ago Barbara became ill with dementia. Their charity Bristol Dementia Action Alliance who cover the Purple Angels awareness sessions was set up to help sufferers like Barbara.
The scouts listened to a short presentation before role playing 3 scenarios and finally a quiz. Tony then presented the troop a Dimentia awareness certificate and in return he was presented with a cheque tvo £50 towards the charity and its work. We will also raise some money at bag packing in the new year. Big ty to tony and Barbara. Big well done to the scouts for taking the evening seriously.
Last night the Beavers visited the apple store at Cribbs Causeway to learn to code. Everyone listened very well and was on their best behaviour.
Each team was given an ipad to program their little robotic ball. We got the balls going, forwards, back wards, spinning, changing colour, got them to speak to us and even go through a maze.
On Friday both Beaver Colonies met up at Olveston Scout Hall for our Autumn sleep over. 28 young people arrived and begun to set up their beds.
The hall very quickly began to feel very small with 28 sleeping bags and other kit spread our around the edge, so we knew we were going to be nice and snug, even with the predicted wind an rain.
James bravely volunteered to try and get the camp fire going with the meagre log pile that was left for us. Success.
The Beavers seemed to enjoy watching the leaders lead a camp fire sing song and even joined in with some of the songs - especially Father Abraham.
After toasting marshmallows it was time of the Beavers to get into their sleep clothing, snuggle down and watch cloudy with a chance of meatballs. The sound of 28 young people giggling is rather wonderful.
Lights out was about 10pm and the final Beaver was asleep by about 11.
Saturday morning and we gave up trying to get the Beavers back to sleep at 6am. By 7 we were ready to go out for our hike to earn our breakfast. We walked for about an hour, by which point everyone was more than ready to tuck into bacon, eggy bread and beans.
We spend the morning working on the first aid badge and studying kitchen safety.
After a break it was time of the Beavers to work towards their Cooks badge.
We made fruit cocktails, Armpit fudge and 'bum sandwiches' - Don't worry, we gave them a proper lunch afterwards.
We also had lots of fun running around, being loud, chasing each other and burning of lots of energy
following our visit to the circus in Saltford last term we were fortunate to be joined by Claire and her team from Brunel District SAS. The badge requirements suggested juggling, plate spinning, Diablo and we added a quiz, skittles and the making of juggling balls using rice and latex balloons.
The troop had a lot of fun and after an hour and a half of learning they performed to the other scouts the skill we enjoyed the most.
Good job all and big ty to Claire and the team
OSR Scout Troop having spent a couple of weeks writing prayers and choosing hymns with Karen put it all together today at St. Michaels Church for all the other uniform groups from Stoke Gifford. Scouts read, sang, collected donations, flags, helped people to their seats, gave out harvest bread and much more.
The service was fab with lots of food donations collected for Filton Food Bank with cheerful harvest hymns, thought provoking readings and thoughtful prayers. Thank you for all putting in so much effort, proud of you all.
This evening the OSR scouts learnt new skills and tested their knowledge and abilities with ironing their neckers which now look very smart. Also learning how to role and set the flag as from now on the duty patrol will have that responsibility as well as running a game and tidying the hall after the session finishes. Then more teaching but this time the leaders taught the Patrol leaders common knots and the PL’s taught their patrols. Then the fun of a relay race with patrol points on offer. Great job all!