The second day was a mixed affair weather wise with some glorious sunshine and some spells of rain. After waking and having breakfast it was time to split into 2 teams (1 pioneering and 1 learning their axe/ knife/ saw skills). Of course stops for drinks and cake plus firelight the alter fires for our lunch.
Swap over in the afternoon and more of the same. The bridge looked fab. Good job all. Then it was time to cook dinner and all the scouts took their turn. The rain came in afterwards so just time for a quick widegame and the hot chocolate and biscuits then teeth and ready for bed.
Adam a police dog handler came into OSRs to explain to the scouts what he does in the police service and introduced his 2 dogs, the first Benji who is trained to find items that people don’t want to be found like drugs and the second Scooter is trained to control public order situations and track down people that have run away from a crime scene or vehicle.
Adam had his Labrador perform a property search exercise and explained about the training that the dogs go through etc. Then he brought in his Belgium Shepard which he showed how obedient he is and then explained how he is trained and also what Adams role is. Big thank you to Adam, Benji and Scooter for coming into the scout troop and sharing with the troop. It is important that the scouts learn about local services and this counts towards the World Challenge Award - Discovery.
The OSR Scouts attended the 209th Bristol Scout HQ this evening to try their hands at shooting. Almost all the troop turned up and were shown safety and handling of the air rifles by Paul, Claire and Kieran Baker all experienced instructors. Then the scouts were put in 2 groups (one outside having fun and games and one inside mastering the art of rifle shooting. We swapped halfway through and checked the targets. There is a lot of natural talent amongst the troop and with a little more honing we should have a fair few marksmen and women. Good job all and ty to the instructors for a very productive evening.
OSR Scouts spent their Sunday at Kewstoke near Weston-super-mare cleaning Sand Bay Beach of any rubbish and moved the drift wood to the dunes out of the way. The beach is popular with dogs and their walkers and during the 5 hour session many either joined in putting rubbish in the scouts bags or stopped to ask us where we were from and how could they get involved.
A great day was had by all in lovely sunny weather. A picnic lunch was taken and eaten by the car park cafe and at the end around 5 bags of rubbish including small pieces of plastic were collected. Good job all !