Monopoly Run!

We have just woken up after a well deserved nap, hopefully the scouts have been able to wind down and do their homework by now (right?!).

We have had a very nice weekend on London, starting the Saturday morning from Waterloo in 2 groups, rolling a die and moving along the monopoly board, traveling wherever we landed.

This saw Team Sanna visit Leicester Square, Northumberland Avenue, Old Kent road, Oxford Street, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel road, Pall Mal and the Strand.

Team Tim took the scenic route to Vine Street via the poppies at Tower of London and on to Leicester Square, Angel Islington, Trafalgar Square, Marlborough street and finally the Strand.

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That evening we went to Pizza Hut, we were turned away at the first one but managed to find space at a second in Leicester Square, food was enjoyed and we managed to finish the meal with just one nose-bleed and one broken glass and 10 full and eventually happy Scouts.

We then headed back to the YHA Thameside Hostel, where we practiced the emergency escape route before even checking in as the fire alarm went off as we got there. Model behaviour all around – I was very proud! We then dumped bags and walked to the all important sweet-shop where value and quantity down to the last penny put their maths and economic skills to good use. Most of them found that they were still carrying half full 2L bottles around along with absurd quantities of sweets the next day…

The night was uneventful – all scouts were in bed and more or less asleep by the set time, leaving Tim and Sanna to enjoy 30min of peace and quiet before being kept awake most of the night by rowdy non-scouts.

The next morning saw a prompt 8AM breakfast, arriving at The Imperial War Museum at around 10:30. It was a good day with generally good behaviour and the Scouts seemed interested in the exhibitions and the history of the countries involved.

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The train journey home showed the lack of sleep and amount of sugar consumed with a lot of silly (but good) behaviour and it was with a certain air of relief that we counted to 9 scouts for the last time as we got off the train at Hampton Station and saw the scouts happily reunited with their parents.

Thank you to Amanda, Suzie and Chris for coming along on Saturday – couldn’t have done it without you!

Nearly bedtime! More Photos on Flikr coming soon!

Survival Camp

We are pleased to report that all the scouts made it!

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Along the way they built their own bivouacs, foraged for wild food, learned some emergency aid and cooked on an open fire without any pans or utensils.

They learned how to signal for help using mirrors and smoke, how to find direction without using a compass and discussed what to do if they ever find themselves in a survival situation. We also had Mark, a member of the TA, come down and show us some tricks of the  trade. The camoflage face paint was particularly popular.

All the scouts seemed to enjoy the weekend and some even managed a few hours sleep in their shelter! (even if it was in the afternoon)

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Photos from the weekend are now on the group flickr account.

Borough Camp

We had a great time at Borough Camp. There was so much to do and the weather was very kind to us. Please have a look at the photos on our Flickr site!IMG_0613

Scout camps from June to August

Check the newsletters section for all the information for the scout camps over the next few months – all you need to know is there. Please make sure that payments and forms are handed in before the deadlines.

Easter camp 2013

It doesn’t seem like a week since we returned from Easter camp but as you will have seen from the photos everyone had a great time despite some mixed weather conditions!!

If you went on the camp and would like to see the longer videos that we took please contact Nigel to join the facebook group.

We are already planning next year’s camp which will be in Swansea (hopefully) and we are planning the usual trips along with a tour of the Millenium Stadium, visit to Oakwood theme park, water activities, hikes, air rifle, archery and all the usual evening activities.

Get the date in your diaries now – Sat 12th April to Sat 19th April 2014.

Winter camp 2013 – mud glorious mud!!

A mild but muddy weekend was enjoyed by the scouts and explorers. A busy weekend of activities and relaxing with friends – free from cooking and washing up!!

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Despite having a broken down minibus – all arrived back safely and on time thanks to the work of Andy, the AA, the Kershaw family and the use of 13th Twickenham’s minibus – thanks to all!!

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All the photos and some videos are now on Flickr

Scouts build paper landmarks

This week the scouts were split into teams and asked to recreate some historic landmarks using only paper and tape. All the photos are on Flickr to show their various degrees of success!!  Here are a couple of tasters….. can you guess what they are??

IMG_6638 IMG_6664Also a reminder that next week we are rifle shooting on Tuesday and Thursday – if I haven’t had your forms make sure you bring them on the day!!!