Last night the Scouts were challenged: what do you do if you are out walking and your water bottle runs dry? They learnt how the empty plastic bottle could be fashioned into a DIY water filter, using stones, sand, charcoal scavenged from an old fire and a scrap of cloth.
Much to their amazement, when dirty brown water was poured in at the top, clear water came out the bottom. It would still need boiled, but it was the first step.
For the last two weeks Scouts have made the journey to the Diving Centre at East Bolden, for their Discover Scuba sessions. These have been a big hit with the Scouts and their parents – several had a go too!
You won’t be alone! This weekend thirteen Scouts from Stocksfield joined 150 from the District and over 1,500 from across the UK at Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre on the edge of Kielder Water as part of the 2019 Wintercamp.
Activities included quad biking, tomahawk throwing, zip wires, power-boating, crafts, fairground rides, mountain biking, a silent disco and a Scout version of angry birds.
Participants returned happy, tired, having made new friends and tried new activities. Plans are already underway for the 2012 camp!
This weekend the Scouts braved wind and rain camping out in the wilds. They learnt survival skills – building bivvies in the woods, foraging for food, preparing and cooking wild animals, different ways to build fires, which wood burns best and how to signal for help.
In the age of satellite imagery and gps, there’s a risk that people rely on this technology and don’t form their own mental maps. Not so the Stocksfield Cubs. Here they are making their own map of the village using ropes and marking key landmarks with their bodies.
Thanks to everyone who turned up at the AGM last night. We heard impressive stories from the Beaver, Cub and Scout Leaders. I think the Beavers took the prize for the most exciting activity – a trip to the local gliding club!