Tonight was the last of the two Christmas Cake making sessions and we couldn’t have done it without Janet and Jane your both amazing! So tonight the cake mix had been baked and it was time for the fun bit. Marzipan and icing plus the personal decorating of each scouts cake. Jane was on hand with her coloured icing and cutters/scissors/tools. I think you’ll all agree with the leaders that the finished products look good enough to eat!
Tonight continuing on this terms theme of disability awareness for The Million Hands requirements saw the OSR full of canine friends that make the lives of humans with disabilities easier. The therapy dogs demonstrated removing washing from a machine and finding a mobile phone as well as other tasks we take for granted. They are all specially trained and have to earn their jacket annually to remain in the programme. The scouts had the opportunity to interact with all the dogs which was great fun. Sheila the main speaker was injured in a road traffic collision some years ago and isn’t able to do day to day tasks without her dogs. She spent time explaining to the scouts all about the training etc.
This weekend was set as a Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders weekend camp nearby in Brockmead Camp, Easter Compton. After arriving early the scouts set the site and put up their tents. Pioneering project before lunch where they made sandwiches, had fruit, crisps and of course CAKE! Afternoon of camp gadgets and penknife licence renewal. Then fire lighting and cooking on alter fires (fajitas and orange chocolate cakes). Campfire then sardines Widegame. Hot chocolate, biscuits and Cake! Then bed.
The Sunday was forecast as rain all day but it was so light we had time for a full cooked English breakfast before another Widegame Manhunt. Kit packed, tents down and packed away finally flag down with badge presentation and home. Great camp lots achieved ty for all working hard and to the leaders for all their hard work. Kathryn passed her nights away permit.
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.
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.
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!