Chilly Challenge Highlight of January for Troop

Chilly Challenge Highlight of January for Troop

The Troop started the year with a games night playing table tennis, snooker, darts, and table football. Using hand saws, bit, and brace, hand drills, and screwdrivers the scouts have been making boot pullers. They have learnt how to use the tools correctly and safely. They made a great job of the boot pullers. Using the computers, and the ordnance survey overlay on Bing maps they have planned their route from Codnor back to the HQ, which they will be walking in a few weeks time. All of the troop took part in this years Chilly challenge of camping a night outside during January, along with three leaders and a young leader. The Scouts lit a Swedish candle in the evening and then roasted marshmallows over the fire. In the morning after a cold night and not much sleep we had a cooked breakfast, struck camp and hung the tents up inside to dry out. Everyone earned their Chilly Challenge badge which they can now wear on their uniform for the rest of the...
Ambulance Visit and more for Alpha Pack in January

Ambulance Visit and more for Alpha Pack in January

Alpha Cub Pack have been involved in making items from paper mache and enjoyed a trip to Ripley Ambulance station, where they were shown around the emergency vehicles and the equipment the paramedics use. They got to sit in the vehicles and switch on the flashing lights! They have been making Totem poles our of wood to take to the Cub’s centenary camp in July. Helen Monk came for a visit and gave a talk on Rabbi Burns telling a story using various items and toys. they finished off the meeting making mashed potatoes and eating...

Beavering Away in January

Both Ladybower and Derwent Beaver colonies have started the year with their cyclist badge and finishing off their experimental activity badge. Both colonies made cheese toasties and cornflake cakes and were taught about the importance of keeping the kitchen clean, and how to stay sage in the kitchen for their new cook’s badge. They have held a healthy eating night trying out different types of food some of which were healthy and some not so healthy! The Beavers have been awarded their Cyclist and Cook badges. Four new members have joined the colonies in January, and one has made his transition up to Falcon Pack.  ...

Christmas Bingo

At our recent Christmas bingo fundraiser we managed to raise £163. A huge thank you to everyone who came, and also to those who donated prizes. Before the bingo started Stephen Parker (our temporary district commissioner), presented Willow with a 10 year service award to thank her for all of her hard work running scouting...
Falcon Packs November Report

Falcon Packs November Report

Falcon Pack’s first month of meetings has been an busy one. In the first meeting the Cubs all wrote down what they would like to do on post it notes, it gave the leaders a lot of ideas on what we can do after Christmas. Then we played conkers trying to smash our opponents conkers to become the winner. On the 10th November we had a go at dry swimming in the hall. Swimming up and the down the hall in a relay race, without water and then creating a map of the scout hut as we started working towards the navigator stage 1 badge. We went to Drum Hill on the 3rd meeting to have a go a Archery, this was a great activity that everyone enjoyed, and we would like to thank the county archery team for running the activity for us. During the last week of November we continued working towards the Navigator stage one badge by learning some different map symbols and then locating the scout hut on the ordnance survey maps. Also during November we entered the District Football competition, we played really well and came in third place out of the six teams that entered. If you’d like to get involved as a helper/leader then get in contact via the join page and a member of the leadership team will be in contact or speak to one of the leaders on a section...
Peak 2015

Peak 2015

Everyone is home the washing is in the machine and we’re going to sleep in a proper bed for the first time in a week. It must mean that Peak 2015 has come to an end. Scouts from 1st Ripley and 3rd Codnor camped together in the Sixties Subcamp at the Golden gates end of the Chatsworth estate. The theme for this years’ peak was a Journey through time with each subcamp themed around a different time zone from Jurassic to Romans, and Imperial China to The Sixties. On Saturday 25th, everyone arrived to camp where the leaders had already set up the mess tent, cooking tent and sleeping tents. The kit was unpacked and the kettle was put on. The rest of the day consisted of exploring the site and seeing where all the different activities were located and what time the tuck shop opened. The Scouts all received their camp badges, neckers, hats, t-shirts, maps and bags. In the evening all 5000+ campers gathered in the main arena for the opening ceremony. Sunday was our subcamps day to compete in the sports competitions, we entered a team into the football and wheelchair basketball tournaments. Around lunchtime we happened to be in the right place at the right time as Bear Grylls visited the arena and the camp to wish us a great camp. One of the Scouts even got the Chief Scouts autograph on his t-shirt. Monday was when the fun really started to happen after a cooked breakfast and eggy bread the Scouts split up into small groups and went off around the activities, air rifle...