‘Can’t stop me zooming’ at 1st Little Stoke Scouts

Screen shot of a Zoom session showing Cubs with paper skulls and milk carton ghosts.
Members of the Cub section show off their paper skulls and milk carton ghosts during a Zoom videoconference

The start of a new term at 1st Little Stoke Scout Group saw all the sections continuing with an online programme. These sessions have been a brilliant way for all the members involved in Scouting to get together, share their experiences and love of Scouting.

Members of the Beaver section have continued to work hard on achieving a wide variety of badges and thoroughly enjoyed their online Zoom session with a local astronomer. The 45-minute session whizzed by and after an hour the Beavers were still really enjoying themselves and learning all about the world around them.

As we move towards Christmas, they are looking forward to an online bingo session and a Zoom Christmas party.

Local and International

The Cub section has been extremely busy this term. New leaders Elaine and Aimee have planned a busy program, aiming to award over ten different badges. The Cubs started the term working towards the Local Knowledge badge and the International badge. They really enjoyed making their own compasses, learning to map read and learning about different countries around the world. Each Cub then selected their own country and found out a few facts about it before giving a presentation to the section. The Cubs then each painted a rock with a country’s flag on. These rocks will be displayed in the Little Stoke Scout Hut for everyone to enjoy.

The Cubs have also been focusing on different celebrations. They learnt all about Harvest and made scarecrows. They recently learnt about Halloween and the Day of the Dead and during the session they made paper skulls and milk carton ghosts.

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Who Dares Wins

The Scout section launched this term with the extremely exciting and popular ‘Escape Room’. The Scouts demonstrated their skills of collaboration and problem solving to escape from the Scout hut as quickly as possible. Both teams made it out successfully, with one team escaping with seconds to spare. Leader Simon then organised a nail-biting ‘Who Dares Wins’ style quiz, during which each Scout was challenged to write down as many items matching the question as possible in 60 seconds. This session was extremely high paced and exciting with the Scouts fighting it out to list more things then each other. The Scouts demonstrated a wide range of knowledge, with one Scout able to name eight local train stations in Bristol and another recalling ten rivers of the world.

As we look towards Christmas, all the sections are trying to organise the best way to celebrate as a group, while being apart.

The group has an exciting website, recently updated by Beaver leader Gemma: 1stlittlestokescouts.org.uk

If you would like any more information on getting involved with the 1st Little Stoke Scout Group, please fill in the forms on the website, alternatively contact Group Scout Leader Tony Edmonds by email at tonyedmonds108@yahoo.com

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on pages 20 & 21). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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