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HQ. The Rowswell Hall, St Michaels Church, Gidea Park.
 Beavers (6 - 8 years) Tues & Fri | Cubs (8 - 10.5) Tues & Fri | Scouts (10.5 - 14) 7:30 Thur
 
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 WHAT'S HAPPENING AT 3GP

All our sections are now meeting every face to face. As the evenings draw in, we are working with St Michaels Guides and Brownies to put measures in place to make sure we can meet safely in the hall. Plans change regularly as we adapt to latest advice from Government, the National Youth Agency and the Scout Association. Parents should lookout for e-mails from the leaders to keep up to date.

 
 NEWS
 
  CUB CAMP
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Our Tuesday Cubs are away at Thriftwood enjoying Summer Camp.

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 SUMMER CAMP 2022
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SATURDAY JULY 23rd - TUESDAY AUGUST 2nd

The Scouts are back from Summer camp in wales, read the report here.

 
  EXPLORER CAMP
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The District Explorers are at Kandersteg International Scout Centre. This picture includes four ex-3GP Scouts including two current Young Leaders hiking in the Gasteretal valley with the Hokenhorn in the background. (3GP have been up there a few times!)

 
  FIRES!
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Beavers The week before, the Beavers were asked what they wanted to do for the last meeting of term. Fires! was the unanimous answer. Building, lighting and supervising fires for Beavers is not necessarily what the Scout Leaders want to be doing less than 12 hours before they are supposed to be driving a mini bus load of Scouts to Wales but we went with it. The Beavers loved the evening.
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  KITE FLYING
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FRIDAY JULY 15th

Our Friday beavers spent the evening at the Manor Country Park, flying kites and playing games.

 
  FLOATING BEAVERS
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FRIDAY JULY 8th

Our Friday beavers spent the evening Canoeing at Thriftwood Scout campsite.

It was a lovely warm evening with warm water.
 
  FLOATING SCOUTS
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SUNSET
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THURSDAY JULY 7th

The Scouts spent the evening canoeing at Thriftwood Scout campsite as the sun set.

 
  SKILLS CAMP
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FRIDAY JUNE 24th - SUNDAY 26th

The Scouts attended the district Scouting Skills Camp.

 
  LITTER PICKING
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FRIDAY JUNE 24th

It was the Friday Beavers turn to do their bit for the community by litter picking in Raphael's Park.  The colony split into three groups and tackled a different part of the park with litter pickers. The biggest item found was a cat scratching post with platform that had been dumped in a hedge.

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  HOT HOT HOT
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FIRDAY JUNE 18th

It was hot, very hot. The plan was to make machines out of rubbish, but the leaders decided to put a twist on it to cool us down.

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The machines would have to be floating machines.

After our creative beavers had all made machines, they were challenged to make animals.

Because it was so hot, it was only a matter of time before the Beavers asked if they could go paddling themselves. The Beaver Leaders had a hasty risk assessment discussion before having a safety discussion with the Beavers and supervising a mass paddle.

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  THURSDAY JUNE 16th
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The Scouts were back at Raphael’s Park but this time we were brushing up on our Orienteering skills.

Five teams of Scouts were given Orienteering maps and sent out at five-minute intervals to find all the checkpoints. Three teams successfully found 9 out of 10 checkpoints in 21, 51 and 52 minutes respectively.  Two teams scored the full 10 out of 10 in 28 and 29 minutes respectively.

The evening ended with a wide game (for the teams that managed to finish Orienteering in under half an hour) and finally a lot of badges were awarded.

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  BEAVER CAMP
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The Friday Beavers were camping this weekend at Kingston Ridge. Eight boys and two girls joined the Leopard Cubs for the second night of Cub Camp.  The Beavers tried Orienteering, gnome hunting and tackled the obstacle course. We launched water rockets, played games and enjoyed a camp fire.

On that note, apologies to any teachers that have had to endure repeated renditions of the Pizza Hut song this week. By Sunday Breakfast, the leaders merely had to gesture towards their head and the Beavers would start singing.

 

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All the Beavers seemed to have a cracking time and most fell asleep five minutes into the journey home.
 
  THURSDAY JUNE 9th
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The evenings are getting longer and brighter which means its perfect time for the Scouts to spend the evening volunteering with the Friends of Raphael's Park and do one of the muckier jobs in the park, litter picking the river.

The Scouts are given a safety briefing, split into manageable teams, allocated a leader and led to water. Particularly black and in places stinky water.

We stroll up and down Blacks Brook using litter pickers to fill bin bags with plastic and other waste, a few socks and T-Shirts this year.

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We also clear any blockages from the river which means moving a lot of wood up out of the water and away from the river.

Afterwards we return to the park entrance with four full bin bags, carefully peal our gloves off and wash our hands.

 
  CLIMBING
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At 3GP we like a bit of climbing and so this month we have had Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all giving it a go. The challenge is to make an activity like climbing different for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. For the beavers, it's about giving it a go. Some of the Beavers, need a bit more reassurance and support from the leaders, others will zip up to the top in no time at all. Not all of the Scouts will make it to the top, but we encourage them to support and coach each other. Some of the Scouts ask for the most challenging routes. The Scouts also get taught about all the equipment and how to use it, some even learn to belay.
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To challenge the more adventurous Scouts we let them have a go at free Abseiling which is Abseiling without a wall for their feet.

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Some Scouts had a go a belaying (Below)
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Initially two climbing routes were setup with Scouts climbing side by side. They then had a choice of abseiling with or without a wall.

Dangler
Some Scouts were brave enough to have a go at the Infamous Hargreaves Dangler. This is where Scouts are encouraged to showboat by dangling from a ledge by their arms before swinging a leg up and over the ledge. Not for the faint hearted.

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Beavers The Beavers all had a go at a couple of climbs each. Some of them also had a go at taking some of these photos.
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  BLOOD RUNNERS
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Blood Runners
MAY 24th Our Tuesday Cubs and Beavers were visited by volunteer riders from the Essex Blood Runners. They explained how they transport Blood and plasma between Essex Hospitals.
 
 MAY 20th - POLICE
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Our Friday Beavers had a visit from the police. Two Policemen and a Community Support Officer talked to the Beavers about their jobs and invited the Beavers to ask them questions. The Beavers were able to try on various police hats, helmets and jackets but the highlight seemed to be, being allowed to cuff one of the leaders!

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  TENTS
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MAY 13th

Our Friday Beavers are camping in a few weeks time and so spent this evening learning how to put tents up. Some of them then enjoyed a good story in one of the tents.



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  WHAT HAS GOT THEIR ATTENTION?
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THURSDAY MAY 12th

Always good to have a bit of jeopardy in a learning activity. We ask the Scouts to team up and make model rafts robust enough to safety support some crisps. The leaders provide a bit of simulated severe weather in the form of waves to ensure the lashings are strong enough. If the rafts survive, the Scouts avoid soggy pringles!

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All of this is with a view to scaling the skills up later in the summer for proper raft building.

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  SLEEPOVER
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Our Cubs look a little tired as they sit down for breakfast together after a sleep over at the Rowswell Hall. Too much late night chatting apparently.
 
  READY AIM FIRE!
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What has got our Beavers behaving so attentively?  A modern take on medieval weaponry of course!  We always find a little projectile launching contest really brings out the team spirit in our Beavers. See the steely look in their eyes as they spot a leader foolish enough to stroll into range.

A little elastic band lashing and ping pong ball flinging is an entry level introduction to pioneering skills. By the time they leave Scouts they will be building areal runways and rope bridges.

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  GROUP AGM
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SATURDAY MAY 7th

The Group AGM took place at Thriftwood Scout Campsite. Beavers from both colonies, Cubs from both Packs and the Scouts were there as well as most of our leaders. As well as the formal part of the meeting, our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and family members got to walk the rope bridge built by the Scouts that morning. The bridge ran right across the campsite.

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The Beavers, Cubs and their families were able to try a couple of simple backwoods cooking recipes. Stew in a foil envelope and for more speedy gratification, popping corn.

We wanted to give mums and dads a little insight into some of what we do.

 
  ST GEORGES COMPETITION
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SATURDAY MAY 7th

Our Tiger Cubs came second in the 2022 St George's Competition and our Leopard Cubs came 3rd. The competition took place at Crow Camp and tested the cubs knowledge of the Country Code, lighting Fires, First Aid skills, Knots, Teamwork and Orienteering.

 
  BEAVER PHOTOGRAPHY
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FRIDAY MAY 6th

This week, our Friday Polar Bear Beavers were taking photographs.

The meeting started with a game on the green with the Beavers taking turns to use a camera to take action pictures.

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Back inside the Beavers learnt a bit about how cameras take pictures and how changing exposure settings can change the picture you take.

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The Beavers then got to take different styles of picture with two different cameras. All of this will count towards the Beaver Photography badge.

Over the next few weeks the Beavers will put the pictures they have taken to creative use and be asked to take more pictures to complete the badge.

 
  BEAVER AERIAL RUNWAY
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FRIDAY APRIL 22nd

What has got our Friday Beavers sitting so calmly?
This is unusual, normally they are as lively as a clown with a wasp in his oversized trousers by this time of a Friday night. Something has focussed their minds.

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It looks like some of the Scouts have been busy.

Pioneering an aerial runway counts for all sorts of badges for the Scouts, but more importantly, is good fun.

For Beavers, riding an aerial runway counts as a adventure for the Adventure Challenge badge and that was what tonight was all about. It was time for a mini Beaver adventure!

After all Beavers had had a go, some of them decided to help pull the other Beavers up the runway. All under the careful supervision of our Scout Patrol Leaders.

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Of course, our Build team of three Scouts, one Cub, one Beaver and two Scout Leaders all had a few test rides too as did some of the Beaver Leaders.

After the meeting, some of the Beavers snuck back to the church green for an extra go whilst their parents chatted for a bit. It’s always nice when we have done something so good that the Beavers want to hang around for more and the parents want to see.

Of course by the time the last of the Beavers had been prised off the runway seat, the Cubs had spotted what were up to so they all had a go too.

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  BEAVER MARSHMALLOWS
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Tuesday 29th

Our Tuesday Beavers were at Thriftwood Scout Campsite tonight, lighting fires, pitching tents and toasting marshmallows over a fire.

 
 ORIENTEERING COMPETITION
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Celebration

On Thursday 24th our victorious Orienteering team led the celebrations by popping the cork on some non-alcoholic bubbly. Opening a champaign style bottle appeared to be something they hadn't done before (#skillsforlife ?) Now they are winners they had better get used to it.

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 ORIENTEERING COMPETITION
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SUNDAY MARCH 20th

3rd Gidea park entered two teams of Scouts into the Romford District Orienteering Competition which was held at South Weald Country Park. As can be seen, one of our teams won the Scout event. What was really nice was that the other came second!

The winning team for the Explorer event contained an ex-3rd Scout. Our winning Scout team did so well, they would have come 3rd in the Explorer event.

 

 
  BEAVER CARD SHOP
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Friday March 18th

Our Friday Beavers have been preparing for Mothers day. By the end of the meeting, den 2 looked like a card shop.

 
 SCOUT COOKING
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Thursday March 10th

The Beavers and Cubs have been cooking pancakes recently so the Scouts decided to have a go. The Scouts were challenged to cook and flip pancakes on expedition stoves which are a lot less controllable and so a lot more of a challenge.

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  BEAVER PANCAKES
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Tuesday March 1st

Our Tuesday beavers celebrated shrove Tuesday by making pancakes. Each beaver cooked a pancake and trusted the leaders to flip without dropping or getting them stuck to the ceiling.

 
  CHURCH PARADE
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The colour parties had to exit the church via the rear doors this month as the main entrance was full of fur coats.

This months service had a Lion and the Witch in the wardrobe theme. All parishioners including the Beavers Cubs and Scouts entered the church via the wardrobe full of coats. A Narnia trail has been setup around the Church grounds for the preceding two weeks with our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all enjoying visiting the checkpoints.

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 SCOUT COOKING
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Thursday February 24th

This week each patrol had to cook a pasta carbonara from scratch. This was achieved with varying degrees of success.... and oil.

 

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  BEAVER SCIENTISTS
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Our Young Leaders planned the Science themed meeting this week. It was messy at times, but great fun.

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 NIGHT HIKE & EXPEDITION CHALLENGE
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During the Autumn we would normally hold a night hike. We meet at the hall, check the Scouts are properly equipped and head out into the country side before walking back to the Scout Hall for a sleep over. Except, last Autumn, Covid numbers were on the up and we were all a little nervous about an indoor night away.

But a new term brought new optimism. The leaders looked at our badge records and noticed that only two of our Scouts have completed the Expedition Challenge. By adding a walk the day after the night hike and making sure the Scouts all cooked a meal, we could kill two birds with one stone.

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A Night Away, a Hike Away, bits of the Navigator badge and the Expedition challenge all in under 24 hours!

The top picture shows Scouts relaxing at the end of day two having walked to Bedford's Park. The other pictures show the obligatory lost boot, night navigation and cooking.

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 FEBRUARY 3rd
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MAGIC MAGIC
The Scouts were getting creative learning to perform magic tricks and illusions. Some worked better than others, the water trick below was very impressive until the not so glamorous assistant intervened. The important thing was that all were entertaining.
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 HEALTHY BEAVERS
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JANUARY 28th

This week our Friday Beavers continued to learn about healthy eating.

It wasn't all about learning, there was time for fun too. Tonight's meeting started with a game that required teams of Beavers to construct towers of rings and crawl through them without knocking them over.

 

Rings

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Rings
 
 JANUARY 27th
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At first glance this week's meeting looks a little laid back for the Scouts. We were brushing up on the basics of grid references by playing battleships, human battleships!

A curtain is put up across the centre of the Rowswell Hall and rings used to divide each end into a grid. Scouts then lay down to represent ships on the grid.

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 MONEYWISE BEAVERS
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JANUARY 14th

This week our Friday Beavers were learning about healthy eating, balanced diets and value for money.

 

The meeting ended with the Beavers spending money that had earned during the meeting in a fruit salad shop run by our Young Leaders. Beavers