News from the October weekend
Wow, what a start to the new season. This year we started off slightly differently with our Annual Review on the Thursday evening before the weekend. This is where we award our trophies and prizes to those who have achieved them over the previous season. It was good to see so many young people, parents and leaders there. We presented Junior Pro-Badge Awards Certificates for completing all Cub courses to Jack, James, Ewan, Lilibeth, Kara and Callum. The new Taz award for the cub who showed the most improvement over the pioneer weekend went to Jack from 61st Portsmouth.
The Percy Pig award for the Expedition Challenge badge went to William from 2nd Fareham.
Two Scouts had completed all of the scout Pro-badge courses and their names have gone on the board at Lyons Copse. They are Jason from 2nd Fareham and William from Basingstoke Sea Scouts.
The Pro-Badge Special Award awarded to the individual or team of leaders who had done that little bit extra this year or over a number of years went to one of the cook house team Steve Morton.
Congratulations to them all.
This season of the Pro-Badge Training Scheme actually started on Friday the 19th October 2018. We ran courses for both Cub Scouts and Scouts.
We ran the Our Adventure Challenge badge for the Cubs and it was good to welcome back some familiar faces and lots of Cubs who had not been on Pro-Badge before. Activities included archery, water rockets and slacklining plus we brought back our old favourite dough twists. The Cubs and Scouts sang very loudly at the campfire – their voices could be heard all over the site.
Woozle, Piggy, Ashley, Lurch, Fox and I took the Cubs out on a hike on Sunday morning. This was the first time I had actually done this particular hike and the both the Cubs and Leaders enjoyed themselves.
My thanks to the parents who came out to help clean at the end of the weekend.
The Scouts took part in the Chef badge which saw the Patrols cooking lunch and dinner over open fires on Saturday they all coped extremely well and were very lucky with the weather. They also cooked their breakfast on the Sunday morning in the kitchen, as well as learning about menu planning, fire lighting and camp hygiene. This was the first time Larry had run this badge and also had some new team members. I would like to thank all of them for their efforts over the weekend.
In November we are running the Navigator Stage 2 badge for Cub Scouts which we have several places left on. We are also running the Pioneer badge for Scouts. The other course is the Pioneer Badge for Explorers. This badge will involve, building a scale pioneering model. Taking a lead role in building an outside pioneering project, such as an aerial runway or an hourglass tower. Whilst demonstrating, 10 knots, bends or hitches, four lashings, the use of simple blocks and tackle, anchorages for firm and soft ground, understanding the need for supervision in pioneering projects. We still have spaces on both Pioneer courses.
For further info or to book a place on any course on any weekend please visit the website www.pro-badge.org.uk.
If you would like to volunteer or know more information about any volunteer opportunities, please email myself at email@example.com and we can arrange to meet up.
LOST & FOUND
Did your Cub/Scout/Explorer/Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them?
We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is put in the skip or given to charity.