All our sections are now meeting every week either on-line or outside face to face or both. As the evenings draw in, we are working with St Michaels Guides and Brownies to put measures in place to make sure we can start to 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 emails from the leaders to keep up to date.
But not quite back to normal.
407 days since the last time we had the entire Scout Troop meeting face to face together, we finally managed it on April 22nd. Some of our sections met a week or two before then and by the first week of May, all five of our sections were meeting face to face.
We are outside as much as possible, social distancing as much as possible and in the case of Scouts, wearing face masks as much as possible.
So not quite back to normal, but getting there.
Friday Beavers have been making Grass heads and sending us pictures of them growing.
Meenwhile the Tuesday Beavers have been growing Cress and Tomatoes for the Gardeners Badge.
Three new Beavers were invested during one of this week's on-line Beaver meeting.
The theme of our recent Friday Beaver meetings has been the countries that make up the UK. This week it was Wales and the Beavers made welsh cakes together.
One of our Scouts even managed to sneak in on the act.
Our Friday Beavers were challenged to build some shelters and sleep in them.
The Scouts have been being creative with computers for the Digital Maker badge. They had to design characters and graphics for a computer game as well as learn about coding.
This gave our older leaders an excuse to bore the Scouts with tails of when they were a lad etc. It did give one of them the opportunity to demonstrate that after 40 years he still knows how to program a Sinclair ZX81! Typical of our Scout leaders to use a badge designed to demonstrate that Scouting is a modern relevant organisation to talk about ancient history.
This week the Scouts have been getting creative making sculptures out of Salt Dough together. We had a wide variety of creative ideas but at the end of the day, it was just nice to be able to do something creative together.
Our Friday Beavers have been learning about tracking symbols and practicing making them.
Our Friday Beavers spent the meeting making animals out of objects found in their recycling bins.
This week the Scouts have been brushing up on their first aid knowledge and skills.
Our Friday Beavers have been learning about endangered species.