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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 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.

 
 NEWS
 
 THURSDAY AUGUST 26th
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The Scouts were back at Raphael's Park volunteering with The Friends of Raphael Park & Lodge Farm Park again. We kept out of Black's Brook this week, staying dry instead. Some of the trees had been coppiced before we arrived, creating a lot of long thin branches which had been left in the woodland. The Scouts helped by gathering up the coppiced branches and carrying them out of the woods.

The next task was to gather the material into bundles and drag or carry it to the other side of the sports and down into the woods there.

Finally, the Scouts helped position the freshly cut wood around the poles that had been planted in the ground to make a fence of natural materials.

The evening ended with some wide games which as the sun had set, were the first night time wide games we had played in two years.

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Drag.

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 THURSDAY AUGUST 5th
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A reduced number of Scouts (due to the School holidays) were at St Michaels this evening cooking egg fried rice over three open fires .

 
 BEAVERS ORIENTEERING
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Friday July 16th.

Our Friday Beavers were back in Raphael's Park, this time to try their hand at Orienteering for the Navigator's badge. Our Explorer Scout Young Leaders have all come through the Scout Troop and so were able to give some expert advice (?) The Beavers did fantastically well but they do have one pice of advice for the Scouts when they next tackle the District Orienteering competition.

Maps Scouts take note.
See this, it's called running!.

Running

 
 THURSDAY JULY 15th
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The Scouts were Back at Thriftwood for a second week of canoeing and backwoods cooking. This week was warmer and the Scouts seemed keen to practice their capsizing. Whilst the younger Scouts built their confidence on the water, our older Scouts proved they still have the skills to cook on a fire.

Above is a video of what the Scouts have been doing this Summer.

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Confidence
 
 BEAVER WILD HAT MAKING
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Beavers

Friday July 9th.

Our Friday Beavers met in Raphael's Park where they split into small groups to scavenge for natural materials to use for making crowns. As any Beaver will tell you, all good scavenging adventures need to include a bit of of hacking through undergrowth (Long Grass) climbing mountains (a wooden picnic table) and coming into contact with fierce beasts (A squirrel on a bird table!)

Making Hats
After a successful scavenge each group set about making hats using paper, sticky tape and the materials they had found.

Beavers

Investature

After the hat making it was time to invest a lot of our new Beavers, our first face to face investiture for over a year.

For our Friday Beavers and Friday Beaver Leaders this was our first meeting away from St Michael's in over a year. An important milestone on the road to normality. The Beavers ensured they made the very best of it.

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 THURSDAY JULY 8th
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Eating

This was the first of two weeks of meetings at Thriftwood Scout Camp Site. half the troop were canoeing on Sapper Lake and working towards Paddle Sports and Nautical Skills badges.

The other half of the troop were split into small teams of two or three Scouts to try some backwoods cooking. Some fantastic Turkey stew was produced.

 
 THURSDAY JULY 1st
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After a disrupted 18 months or so it was nice to be able to get back to one of our regular summer activities, helping the Friends of Lodge Farm and Raphael's Parks litter pick and clear Blacks Brook. Scouts also helped move materials for the mini beast hotels.

The Scouts are used to wearing personal protective equipment for this activity (two sets of gloves, sensible footwear etc) and following it up with rigorous hygiene standards. This was one activity where the addition of face masks and hand sanitizer was barely noticed and almost welcomed.

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After
Before and after pictures of the smaller of the two dams cleared by the Scouts on this evening. This was a very manual job. Not only did heavy wet material need to be lifted out of the ditch, the larger bits needed moving away to where temptation wouldn't cause the logs to return to the river.
 
 BEAVER PIONEERING
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Beavers

Friday June 18th.

There was a bit of a pioneering theme this week. On Thursday the Scouts built shelters from the rain and on Friday the Beavers were enjoying themselves pioneering too.

Where the Scouts used heavy poles and rope, the Beavers used sticks, Plasticine and their imaginations.

It was another rainy night so the Beavers were meeting in a well ventilated hall with windows well open.

 
 THURSDAY JUNE 17th
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WATER

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Plan A was to do some heavy pioneering but on arrival we found the Rowswell Hall had a mote and a make shift bridge would need to be built just to get to the building.

We considered meeting inside but then remembered that we were 3rd Gidea Park and we weren't going to let a bit of rain stop play.

So there was a change of plan. Give each patrol enough equipment to build a shelter from the rain. And boy did it rain!

But in the end, the pioneering was fairly successful seeing as we haven't used the heavy poles for two years.

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Scouts

 
 CHIEF SCOUT GOLD AWARDS
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Two more Chief Scout Gold Awards were presented this week. This is the top award that a Scout can gain.

The months of zoom meetings were used to finish off any parts of challenge badges that could be completed online or at home, this left just a few tasks to complete outside once the troop started meeting face to face again.

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 BEAVERS IN THE PARK
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Crawl

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MAY 25th

Our Tuesday Beavers were out for a walk in Raphaels Park where they met some baby swans.

 
 CUBS
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Cubs

Cubs

MAY

Friday Cubs have been brushing up on various Scouting skills. The Cubs above had been learning backwoodsman skills by trying to bake chocolate cakes in a fire using just a hollowed out Orange wrapped in tinfoil as a utensil.

Meanwhile the cubs were also learning how to use matches to safely and calmly to light as many candles as they could with a single match.

 

 
 WE'RE BACK
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Back but not quite back to normal.

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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 when we can't distance consistently.

So not quite back to normal, but getting there.

Beavers

Beavers

Friday Beavers have been making Grass heads and sending us pictures of them growing.

Meanwhile the Tuesday Beavers have been growing Cress and Tomatoes for the Gardeners Badge.

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 INVESTATURES
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Three new Beavers were invested during one of this week's on-line Beaver meeting.

 
 WALES
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Beavers

FRIDAY 05/03/2021.

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.
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 SHELTERS
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Our Friday Beavers were challenged to build some shelters and sleep in them.
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 DIGITAL MAKER
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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.

Zoom
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.
 
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 GETTING CREATIVE
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Salt

February 11th

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.

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 TRACKING
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Tracking

JAN 31st

Our Friday Beavers have been learning about tracking symbols and practicing making them.

 
 RECYCLED ANIMALS
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JAN 22nd
Our Friday Beavers spent the meeting making animals out of objects found in their recycling bins.

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 EMERGENCY AID
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First Aid

Jan 21st

This week the Scouts have been brushing up on their first aid knowledge and skills.

 
 ENDAGERED SPECIES
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JAN 16th

Our Friday Beavers have been learning about endangered species.