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!
To complete the Gromit Unleashed Challenge badge Monday Beavers had a cheese and Brizzle night.
The started by trying 5 different types of Cheese
We also looked at how cheese was made.
To finish the evening we had a go an speaking some proper Bristolian phrases such as 'Cheers Drive' & 'All right me Babber' - sorry about that :)
The OSR scout troop were represented at this years Avon County Shooting and Archery Competition by Ellie and Nathan. It was a great day at Chelwood Scout Campsite near Keynsham with 140 young people taking part in Rifle shooting, pistol, clay pidgin and archery. Both scouts did very well and had a great time Ellie finished 14th out of 41 and Nathan finished 10th out of 61 in their age catagories.
Yesterday evening the OSR troop were visited by the GSL Paul Smith where he made the presentation of 5 years service certificate and uniform flash to our very own Alison Emsley. It caught Ali by surprise but very well deserved and the whole troop applauded to show their gratitude for all her hard work.
20 plus members of OSR troop of 1st Stoke Gifford Scouts had fun on International speak like a pirate day with Pirate Pete (Bristol Historian) walking around the docks and centre of our fine City speaking and dressed up as pirates. Massive thank you to Peter for his very informative walk and talk showing us where famous pirates came from around the Redcliffe area and how they used the 7 miles of cave systems. Members of the public joined in with the Ohhh Arrrs.
This week the Monday Beavers completed most of the elements of their Global issues badges.
The Beavers built water purifiers, learnt about and tasted Fair Trade chocolate and did word searches and colouring in about endangered animals.
For their homework the Beavers have recording how they save energy and tracking their recycling.
During this term the Beavers are going to attempt to complete the Gromit Unleashed 2 Challenge badge.
Cheese tasting, Wrong Trousers and wild adventures expected.
So 0600 on Saturday 21/07/18 was time for the cubs and scouts of Stoke Gifford to form up and travel to Browsea Island the site of the first scout camp.
We took the coach to Poole Quay and then ferry across to the island, followed by a short hike and then set up camp, evening meal and then bed everyone shattered.
The next day started with breakfast then red squirrel watching and conservation. Our meals were prepared by the 23 adult leaders for the 56 young people. An evening of crabbing and then bed.
The island has a no fire policy and so to challenge the scouts and cubs a mission to build a raft to float in the sea and make a fire big enough to roast a marshmallow.
The final full day was occupied with visits to the reserve and orienteering with sleeping out under the stars in bivouacs then the last morning was decamp to start the return journey home.
What a great camp.
Fish and chips on the quay and then on to the coach.
Many thanks to all involved in the organisation and running of this special camp which all the children thoroughly enjoyed.