Tonight OSR troop of 1st Stoke Gifford Scouts had a surprise visitor for their model making session. Aardman animations head model maker popped in to give some of his expertise on how to make a gromit. Jim had a presentation on all things Aardman and then we watched a short animated movie. Jim divided up the modelling clay and when asked about quantities he replied he has made so many he knows the amounts off by heart.
The osr scouts then broke off into patrols and started to build their very own gromit with Jim over looking and he even hand wrote an instruction sheet and construction diagram which he signed as a prize for the patrol with the best model. Jim is going to judge the models next week giving Patrol points.
This was a great session and Jim was fab.
All this was organised by Pip, great job!
Disability Awareness Evening
These evening both packs were lucky enough to have a visit from Carol and Wilson. Wilson is her 4th dog - but first male dog she has had.Carol is an ambassador for the National Institute for the Blind. Carol talked to cubs about the training a guide dog needs to go through before they live with blind person.
When puppies are ready to leave their mothers they go and live with a puppy walker. Puppy walkers help house train the puppy’s teach them obedience and socialise them. They take the puppies onto trains, buses, into supermarkets and some even get to attend parties.
They stay with their puppy walkers until they are about a year old. It is at this point they attend Guide Dog School for about 15 months. They learn how to guide a person outdoors, cope with traffic and watch for obstacles. Wilson was a gold star pupil.
Once training is completed, puppies are matched with their new owners. A further 10 days’ worth of training is then undertaken with their new owners so they can get used to one another.
The cubs also asked some very interesting questions:-
It must be noted that the cubs were exceptionally well behaved tonight – Well Done Cubs.
Next week both packs will be ice skating at Cribbs Causeway – please check your emails for your OSM invite – more information will be sent out this week.
What a wonderful advent church parade this afternoon at the old school rooms where the Stoke Gifford guides performed.
This evening saw the OSR scout troop visit The Bristol Hindu Temple in Church Road, Bristol. The Temple is an old Church building. We were met outside and welcomed inside and spent a while looking at the fantastic decorations adorning the walls and ceilings. After their prayers to the 3 separate deities consisting of chanting and bell ringing whilst holding a special candle.
The talk explained about the many gods and their names plus their meanings. The 33 million gods are believed to be one god and all the different personalities.
The visit was finished with prayers for us as their visitors and friends.