We produce a couple of videos of the trip, enjoy :-
On Saturday 21st June we Cycled from Ballater to Banchory along the Deeside way, we then stayed the night under canvass, On Sunday we completed the cycle into Aberdeen.
We produce a couple of videos of the trip, enjoy :-
We gathered for the Commonwealth themed night all about friendship.
First we learnt about a maternity hospital in Nigeria. The West church in Banchory are trying to raise money to build a new maternity hospital in this part of Nigeria. They are in desperate need for this new hospital, the old “hospital” has no proper equipment and rooms. This will help the local women have a nicer place to have their babies and keep them safer. We learnt that it is important to see how people live in other parts of the world and that we need to help them.
We then had a challenge to get across the room on some boxes and with some poles. We had the “Queen’s baton” with us and we had to keep it safe and not let it fall on the floor. We had to make sure that our whole group got across safely, which meant we had to work as a team.
We then learnt how to make friendship knot with our neckies. We had an instruction sheet to help us and we had our friends to help us if we did not understand or could not do it.
We then learnt how to make friendship loom bands, we made them together. You can make them for a friend and trade them, this is a sign of friendship. We could make them and then sell them for charity.
Friday 16th of May saw the Scouts complete the 4th Commonwealth night on the theme of friendship. As part of that we sent the scouts home with a Herman friendship cake.
Here are some if the results
14 March 2014
Tonight kicked off with a ten minute Boxercise session with Eddie, a video was put up on the projector which took us through the session, we started by hopping on alternate feet then went on to the imaginary skipping rope J 3 minutes to go and the whole lot of us where tiring big time! We all completed the session though and it felt good.
After the Boxercise we split into 2 groups, one looked at music for the commonwealth games and the other food.
COOKING: Jamaican style. Split into 3 groups the ‘starters’ on Pumpkin soup, ‘Main courses’ on Beef Patties, rice and peas, the desserts on Pineapple Upside Down cake, yum! It was good to see everyone working as a team, everyone was listening to the ideas of others no dominating going on.
MUSIC: Music group 1 made stars out of bamboo canes and rope, allot of bamboo canes. Music group 2 used computers to research instruments, where they come from and what their background is with the Commonwealth Games. They were also making a poster for each one. Group 3 researched how instruments are made.
A great night had by all, everyone hungry after the food chats and now more educated on instruments used at the Commonwealth Games!
If you have any questions please ask away!
Friday Night Scouts
On the Sunday we all got up, breakfasted and out for arround 9:45.
We headed for Cycle Highlands to hire 10 bikes for half the troop, while the other 10 planned a hike up Craiganddarroch hill.
I was in the hike team for the morning.
45 minutes walking and we hit the top, wine gums and water consumed we headed back down
On the way back down we stopped for a wee photo opertunity on a fallen tree and heard a lot of bird calls. One of the clearest ones we think we identified as a Redstart (with a little help from a bird noises app on my phone!)
A Red Start
After lunch we swapped walking for mountain biking, heading out the Deeside way to the forest above Cambus o May.
We covered 21km in the end taking in mud gravel and tarmac, the boys did well but tiredness was fairly showing by the time we hit Ballater
Bruce Skinner (Friday night Scout leader)
We arrived around 9am Saturday morning at Glenshee, once we got all the hire gear and ski school classes sorted out. We hit the slopes at 10:00am.
I was snowboarding and stayed with the 5 willing pupils to see how they got on.
Drew was the instructor and the pupils were Archie, Callum, Callum, Callum and Dylan. Only three names for Drew to remember!!
The morning went well and after lunch the class got to go from the nursery "Dinkdink" slope/tow up to Claybokie. A slope I know well because it's where I learned how to snowboard (20 years ago! eek)
The boys did great and Callum S who had never boarded before was ripping it up on the slope.
At the end of the lesson we all headed down the gully to the ski school. This was a real hit with the boys as it was like a natural half pipe
Author - Bruce Skinner (Kestrel)
After a day on the hill Eagle (Mike Wilson) invested Gregor, Alex, Archie, Kieran and MacKenzie on the hill.
It's a new tradition we have started, where we invest new Scouts in places other than at the Scout hut.
The Friday night started out as any as the Banchory scout hall began to fill with scouts. The fact that it was half term at the time meant that there were significantly fewer people than usual (still enough to have a good evening though). Once we were set in our patrols and the flag had been raised we had an opening talk talking about the geography of the commonwealth and how it was important, it was very interesting learning about the different parts of the world great Britain had conquered.
After playing a short and fun game for the first 15 minutes of the night we split into groups; we partook in an activity where we had to identify different countries in the commonwealth by using a large map and the countries name and flag. It was a fast paced race to see which, out of the three teams had the best geographical know-how! After twenty five minutes of intense identification one of the teams identified the final country. Each team identified over 20 countries in the time given (not all the commonwealth countries were included in the quiz) and we had really learned quite a bit already and it wasn’t even halfway through the evening yet!
One of the leaders gave us some extra information and explained the next activity, which was going to be a quiz concerning general geographical knowledge of the commonwealth. We did the quiz in the same teams as we did the previous activity. Each team received a booklet containing the information needed to answer every question. As the quiz was underway everyone could be seen looking through the booklets and writing or discussing answers, everyone was working as a team. Twenty one questions later the quiz was finished and each team gave their answers in.
author - Kazio Wilowski
A report on the Commonwealth challenge
There is a total of 5 Teams all raring to start the race. The five Teams are as follows: Tigers, Foxes, Panthers, Wolves and Stags and Lions. These competitors are ready to start and they’re off. Everyone is on the last person. Falling behind is the Wolves and stags and in the lead is Tigers. The Winners are the Wolves and stags!!!
This year the Tigers are building the entire stadium.
Now for a Interview with Max Ross age 11 Wolves. How do you feel about this night? Interested. What’s been your favourite activity of the night? Can’t say haven’t done them all yet. What has been your favourite challenge of the night? I can not say I haven’t done them all yet. What was your Team doing? We were building mascots for the games
Now here we have Eddie (raven) Who will tell us a bit about organizing this spectacular the night. So Eddie how long did it take to organize the Evening? It took me two days and nights plus a lonely hour at the airport? Where will all the two pence coins after we’re done with them? They we will go to our sponsored charity horseback Uk who help injured servicemen.
After the challenges I spied the overall winners of the night. They were. The Foxes!!!
Reporter Tom hall