What do Cubs do? Part 1: Pioneering

So what is pioneering? Perhaps it’s best to show some examples. Building rafts out of wooden poles and plastic barrels is pioneering, and requires good knotting skills if you’re not going to sink! The Scouts and Explorers at our recent group camp built these ones (see here), but the Cubs certainly enjoyed having a go on them.

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The Cubs themselves built bridges (big sticks, but no knots!)

Cubs cross a "friction bridge"

Cubs cross a “friction bridge”

and then last week started learning how to build with knots (so they can build the rafts next time).

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Here’s a nifty washstand and a flag pole (and they’re almost staying up by themselves!)

Cubs Winter Camp ’14

It seems like a very long time ago now, but here are some images from our Winter Camp at Phasels Wood.

We built stuff, climbed stuff, burnt stuff, sang loudly and ate loads of cake. A typical Cub camp then! Congratulations to Oliver, Elo and Izzy on being awarded their Chief Scout’s Silver Award (the highest award in Cub Scouting) for the contribution they’ve made to cubs over the last 2 1/2 years.

Sun Run 2014

The Sun Run is back for 2014! The troop’s annual charity fund raiser will this year be in aid of Child’s Play.

On the night of 21/22 June a mix of scouts, explorers and leaders from 12th Cambridge Scouts will run, hike, crawl and do whatever else it takes to go the 18 miles from Ely back to our HQ in Cambridge. Setting off on the dot of sun set, at 9.24pm they will go through the night to get back before sun rise at 4.38am.

Sun Run 2012 - a 3am check point in the rain!

Sun Run 2012 – a 3am check point in the rain!

Child’s Play are a charity who provide toys and games for and generally try to brighten up the lives of children who are sadly in Children’s Hospitals and Hospices. While they are mainly a North American charity they also support a number of Children’s Hospitals in the UK and we have chosen the closest of these to Cambridge, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, for our donations to go to.

The work of Child’s Play is there to help those young people who are sadly not well enough to take part in the fun and adventure of scouting to remember what is like to be a regular child or teenager and it is massively to the credit of the scouts themselves that they have chosen this fantastic cause to raise money for. This wasn’t something the leaders came up with, it was the scouts themselves.

If you would like to donate to this fantastic cause and encourage young people who are working as hard as they can to support other young people please click on our donation widget below. Thank you in advance for your generosity

Superbowl comes to town!

Well, sort of! When the leaders suggested that the patrol leader’s council come up with something a little bit different for this term they certainly didn’t disappoint! “Let’s try American Football” they said. So we got on the phone to Cambridgeshire Cats American Football club and a few weeks later two of their coaches turned up at the troop to put them through their paces.

The first "down"

The first “down”

Talking Tactics

Talking Tactics

After a brief introduction to the rules of the game and an all important warm up the troop divided up for a 7 aside round robin tournament where the scouts quickly learned that a game renowned for being very physical had a surprising number of tactics, emphasised by the fact that they were not playing the full contact version. It also became apparent that the biggest players were not necessarily the best as some of the 10 and 11 year olds wriggled past some of their teenaged friends.

Charge!

Charge!

 

Trying on the proper kit

Trying on the proper kit

Touch down.....

Touch down…..

A definite success of a night and huge thanks to Giovanni and Darren from Cambridgeshire Cats. They may well have tempted a few scouts into trying out the game for real!

Interception and counter attack.....

Interception and counter attack…..

Tackle!

Tackle!

 

 

Group celebrates St George in style

With spring well and truly upon us and St George’s day burning a hole in the diary the group celebrated in style with a camp including 45 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers at Tolmers in Hertfordshire.

Rafts under construction

Rafts under construction

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All at sea, scouts take to the water in hand made rafts.

All at sea, scouts take to the water in hand made rafts.

The camp had a back to basics theme for the program with all ages learning new or improved old skills including first aid, pioneering, (where some fantastic rafts and bridges were built), navigation and the use of axes and saws. This culminated in the explorers felling a tree for the scouts to use as fire wood later!

Cubs cross a "friction bridge"

Cubs cross a “friction bridge”

They built it themselves as well!

They built it themselves as well!

For many of the Beavers it was the first time they had slept in a tent and certainly the first time that it was a tent they had put up themselves! Some of the scouts and explorers may want to take note of the speed they put them up as well 🙂

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A fantastic weekend hopefully to be repeated this time next year!