Week Ending 11.05.13
The Greenock Hardie Webster competition went extremely well this year, with eight teams (six teams entered and there were two training teams). Five Troops were represented – the 32nd, 6th, 70th, 85th and 59th. Overall 46 young people took part and it was a great learning experience for everyone including the leaders.
On the first day they braved the weather pitching tents, cook shelters, and roping off the sites. The day finished with a Scouting quiz and a hearty supper then bed.
· Axe and Saw, Knots and Lashings run by David McCallum and Mark Sinnamon
· Patrol Tent’s run by David Love
· Backwoods Cooking run by Roland Shackell and Annette Henry
· Bivouacking run by Ross Louden and Stuart MacKenzie
The Scouts then had a Ready, Steady, Cook style dinner. Each team was given a bag with, Chicken, Mince, Sausages, a whole fish, pasta, potatoes, spaghetti, noodles, rice, a variety of fresh fruit, pancake mix, icing sugar and a full range of herbs and spices. They had to cook a starter, main course and desert over an open fire.
That evening they had some more activity time, finishing the innovative camp gargets and an entertaining campfire with sketches and songs from each patrol finished again with a hearty supper.
The final morning was another cooked breakfast then Scouts had to write a Scouts Own Prayer and deliver this to each other at a Scouts Own service.
Each young person involved was awarded the Camp Cook Badge and helped finish off the criteria for the Campers Badge and Faith Badge.
A Special thanks to all the support staff and the support from the camp cook Liz Roders, Judges, Paul Laverty, Craig Dyer, and a special thanks to head judge Colin Bell (Paisley and District)
The results were:
· 1st Place 70th A (They will represent Greenock and District at the Zonal Competition)
· 2nd Place 32nd
· 3rd Place 70th B
Well done to everybody who took part in what was a fabulous weekend.
The 70th Beavers visited Greenock Central Library and were shown around by James, who told us that there are 87,000 books which can be borrowed throughout Inverclyde. The Group all took out some books after a fascinating night finding out about James’s job. Adventure Bear also found a book he wanted but he had forgotten his ticket!
Radio Club at Quarrier’s
The 45th had a visit from the Radio Club to help with their Communicator Badge. The Cubs were split into small groups and worked through their Radio Communicator workbook (which was designed by the club to assist with badge-work). The Cubs worked their way through the book learning the Phonetic Alphabet, Fingerspelling Alphabet for the deaf, and also sending and receiving Morse Code.
Some of the Cubs were lucky enough to be picked to try out a new indoor Morse Code game for the first time. The game was designed by Bob Lynch from the Radio Club and involved decoding a word and then rushing round the room to try and find the picture to gain as many points as they could.
All the Cubs completed the majority of the tasks and will finish the last few sections at home. Well done to all for their hard work and thanks to all the leaders and parents of the 45th for their help and hospitality.
Greenock Network Scouts headed into the hills of Kintail to complete their first winter ridge walk. They were joined by members of the Hertfordshire mountaineering team and a great time was had by all.