Time for cubs & beavers to show us what they carved, email your pictures (suitable for a web page in size) & we'll put them on display for you!
To get us started, here's some of what what we did (more to come) at home..
By Izzy M.
Time for cubs & beavers to show us what they carved, email your pictures (suitable for a web page in size) & we'll put them on display for you!
To get us started, here's some of what what we did (more to come) at home..
By Web admin.
We recently had reason to call one of our local Tesco stores with a plea for "help" from 1st Ramsey group & had a chat about what is going on at Sapley road Tesco in Huntingdon....
It is a really great community spirited initiative that is happening as Tesco periodically "refresh" stores & as the contractors hit Huntingdon to update Tesco they are really giving back to the local community in the form of a very large publicly accessible "community building" within the store...
Whilst not officially opening until the 13th of October 2014 we got the heads up from the stores community champions as to what the store is doing to "give back" & assist the locality in which it serves.
The community building ( imagine a hall within the store) is kitted out with a handful of online lap-tops to assist users who they envisage needing to pull up information for general purposes.
Fold away tables & chairs, ..so the floor space can be used as required ....yes, even for messy craft projects!
Free Tea & coffee facilities ... because all that group socialising can make you thirsty!
The new Community room is open "FREE" to the general public by booking directly with the local community champion team who oversee the whole project ...& that means it is open to groups young or old, week in week out!
We recommend you pop in on the opening day for a chat & a look round if this sounds like a possible venue for groups your parents or carers may belong to!
For further information please see the facebook link here
& yes, we have already been informed Huntingdon tesco IS available to Ramsey residents.
...We are waiting to speak to the stores contractors with regards to our original enquiry /request, which if Tesco can oblige us with redundant equipment they are changing as part of the sapley Tesco Extra store refresh could save us the equivilent of around 6 years fundraising cash (well, we are only a small group) whilst providing improved facilities to our cubs, beavers, church & playgroups who also use our HQ hall...
This video made me pause & reflect on who I am today!
I don't think I would be the same person if I had not joined the scouting movement as a child,
Sincere thanks to all those who gave up their time.
#scouting changes lives
You belong to a trusted worldwide organisation with a reputation for good deeds & helping other people, what happens if you stumble across a phone that's been lost?
It's shiny, newer & does more than your own phone (if you have one) & is worth money, has some games you'd love to own on it too!
If you've ever been to camp & lost something there, you know the feeling of losing something important to you & hope that someone finds it AND is honest enough to hand it in or re-unite it with the proper owner, same go's for anyone losing a phone with all their contact details on, ..phones have personality now, they often are packed with music, entertainment, photo's ..& a vital way to stay in contact with friends & family, who may panic if they cannot get in touch with the phones proper owner.
So what can we do?
if the phone doesn’t use a locking code, just open up the contacts list and find a family member. However, a lock code or password complicates things, since you need to unlock the phone to access the contacts list. Even locked, you can still return the device without much hassle. Here’s how I found a phone and successfully returned it quickly.
When it comes down to it, there are two paths of returning the phone that are contingent upon whether or not you have access to the Internet Mobile Station Equipment Identity, or IMEI, number. The IMEI number can unique identify the owner of the phone.
Acquiring the IMEI (the serial number works too) of the phone depends on the phone’s by make. In the Samsung Galaxy S3 that I picked up, the IMEI number can be found underneath the battery. This isn’t the case on all phones, unfortunately.
After jotting down the IMEI, I called the phone service provider. Unfortunately they could not give me any personal info. I asked that the carrier forward along a message to the owner of the phone — the phone was left with my works main office. Within a few hours the owner picked the device up, without issue.
This method works because the phone’s owner must contact the phone provider to suspend service. However, if you manage to contact the phone company before the customer realizes his loss, they can then relay your contact information to them.
In my case, the Galaxy S3 didn’t receive cellular signal from my house. So waiting until the owner called wasn’t an option.
Here’s the basic process that you may need to go through to return a phone, if you have an IMEI:
For a GSM (such as T-Mobile) phone, a phone thief would simply swap out the SIM card and either sell or use the device. The Galaxy S3 in my possession at the time sells for about £120. Beating the lockscreen would only require attaching the phone to a PC or using an exploit. If they didn’t want to access the personal data, they could perform a factory reset using ADB – Android Debug.
Conclusion If you find a lost phone, returning it is easy. If you have the IMEI number, simply contact the phone service provider and leave your contact info with them. If you don’t have the IMEI, either wait until they call their own phone or you can attempt to bypass the lock pattern.
For those of you looking to recover a stolen device, there’s a variety of methods. Some older strategies revolve around installing software. However, the newer Android Device Manager lets you locate a stolen device without actually installing anything.
Returning the phone clears your conscience and gives good karma. Anyone else love returning people’s lost property?
Let us know in the comments.
Yup! ..Beavers only has 2 adult leaders now we have lost Frankie as an assistant leader, ..& we NEED a minimum of THREE adults to keep our Beaver pack going & make room for new members wishing to join!
Currently there is a waiting list ..& it's GROWING!
At present, we need an extra adult present in the hall with us weekly, ..you could do as little or as much as you want but with just 2 of us at the moment it can, does & will make life hard! ..this allows us to continue to maintain the current number of children within the HQ.
If no-one steps up to the plate & helps we will seriously consider restricting Beaver troop numbers within Ramsey, no-one want's that to happen, neither leaders, nor the children, so we will adjust the incoming members to an automatic rota of inclusion & ask existing parents to help pick up the slack*
Thank you to those who have given their time so far, we do appreciate your commitment, 1 person giving 1 hour is valuable when you simply consider how many children (17) it allows to participate in pack meetings, projects & fun!
*Expect an official with a clipboard to sign you up for a session shortly ;)
IS everyone aware of the sign up sheet!?
(located in the main entrance above the coat racks)
Thanks for your understanding.
Elephant Beaver (Tanya)
Please use the contact page to leave us any messages, or simply phone to discuss any ideas you may have.
‘Scouting is a character factory.’ Not our words, but those of our lead volunteer, chief scout Bear Grylls. Are you ready to inspire a generation of young people to experience fun, friendship and real adventure? The opportunities to volunteer with us are flexible. Think of something you’d like to do and chances are it’s just what we require.
The Scout Association has an effective, well tried and tested system for vetting adults coming into the Movement to protect young people. If you feel you could help the Group in any way, please come & have a chat.
We just know you are going to be getting excited at the prospect of Halloween, ...even though it's still September! ..but if you have started planning your costume (home-made costumes RULE) !!! then you need to start arranging to go as a group early, to give parents & carers time to make arrangements too!
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
Trick or Treat With an Adult
Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
By Izzy M.
We have covered trail mix before, this gives you the option to make & bake some simple trail mix type energy treats, which we love to look for any excuse to eat!
This recipe was found on one of our favourite sites to explain & indulge in both cooking & baking
"Serious Eats" is a great mix of everything to do with food, wide & varied it is always tempting us, so this recipe works out cheaply compared to buying packets of pre-prepared energy bars or stodgey flapjacks, make em, bake em, ..stick em in greaseproof paper & take some along on your next big day out! ...healthy natural energy, (mainly) which will top up your energy levels (so make sure your parents & carers have one too, so they can keep up).
CHEWY TRAIL MIX BARS Save Recipe
About This Recipe
ACTIVE TIME:15 minutes
TOTAL TIME:45 minutes
THIS RECIPE APPEARS IN:Wake and Bake: Chewy Trail Mix Bars
Usual time, usual place..... see you there!
Any problems please use the contact page / call Bat Beaver or Akela Judith.
By Izzy M.
We use a knife in this quick project, make sure an adult is around to help you cut into the lid, as well as being caeful with any old "leaky" batteries.
My Dad recycles ev-ery-thing, ..I mean it, everything, & he even writes awkward letters to the council saying "hey, we can recycle polystyrene, or at least landfill it in 90% less space, so why aren't you allowing us to?
You'd think that we'd always use re-chargeable batteries!? ..depending upon the equipment that isn't always possible, & then there are also button batteries, ...lots of different varieties, & new items bought often include batteries now!
We still surprise ourselves at how many we get through in a year (& even rechargeables die eventually ..some of ours are even older than me & they are still working).
SO, sick of forever trying out batteries to see if they have juice in them or not we decided to make a battery bin, ..I think it was the day after dad had SO many used batteries stashed in his pockets that his shorts fell down around his ankles ...not a pretty sight! ..but REALLY funny!
What could we use? ..dad has been saving candy floss pots for paint, sorting screws out, cleaning things in.. they have lids & a clear see through tub, & a tough handle ...so were ideal. (besides he already had plans for the Nesqik tubs elsewhere.
We grabbed a sharpie pen, & a steak knife & a variety of dead batteries, including a PP9 ..the oblong sort that go in smoke alarms.
Put the lid on the candy floss container (you could do the same with an empty nesqik container)
Then we traced round the PP9 battery & used the knife to trace cut a bit bigger than the markings on 2 long sides & 1 short side, leaving 1 short side intact, (see picture).
We removed the lid & popped in some papiermache egg tray to absorb any leakage, just in case.
Now it hangs up in the kitchen full of batteries, the most commonly used varieties,"AA, AAA, P9 & button cells" slide straight in there, larger batteries such as "C" & "D" cells fit if you pop the lid off & place them inside.
Whats more, there is little chance of battery leakage if the container falls over, because of the absorbent egg tray, & the fact that the hole is in the middle so it is nearly impossible for any long term battery leakage to escape even if a full homemade battery bin is rolling around in your car on the way to the local recycling centre.
You could take this design one step further by asking your parent or carer to buy a small battery tester & use some green plant tie wire to keep it connected to your battery bin, then your whole household knows to test them & stick them back in kit that needs batteries to work, or straight into the battery bin,...no more uncertainty!
BUT this is also a lesson to nag yourself & grown-ups to change, re-chargeable batteries work out at about 1.5p per full charge & can be used hundreds, or thousands of time if you look after them & know how to use them.
About the only thing my dad insists on normal batteries for is the carbon monoxide detector for our woodstove, & for his avalanche transceiver for on the mountain use.
By Izzy M.
My Dad boils up water & slurps a lot of tea, but he actually saves energy by filling the kettle to the "maximum fill" line & then pours the left over boiling water into 2 flasks so they are completely full & can be used later, to make more tea, cook noodles, or top the kettle back up & bring it to the boil really quickly because the water is already pretty hot, even the next day!
(our full kettle cost roughly 2.79 pence to boil) in just a couple of minutes.
In our house we spend over £80 just boiling water in a kettle, each year ..dad says the same sort of water heater is used in our incredibly well insulated hot water tank, & that turns itself on in a normal household for around 2 whole hours per day! ...that is a lot of energy & a lot of money!
If you follow the link above try out filling your kettle (when it is needed) & measure roughly how much it costs to boil, & then why we should only boil what we want to use & not waste the water , nor the energy used to heat it.
SO next time you get yelled at to save electricity have a look at how you can change your ways by understanding a bit more about it, our hot water is put in special "vacuum flask" which are often called "thermos" ..which is actually a brand name, but they do the same job!
This is part of the reason we have managed to save around 25% of our electricity used in the past year, Dad lined out our hot water tank cupboard with lots of insulation foam offcuts to make a super insulated jumper for the tank & the cupboard, as well as stop draughtswhich made that particular bedroom colder (the insulation deflects the cold).
The insulation (called PIR foil foam) was leftovers from other jobs, as well as some from builders who were throwing some in the skip within the village, so we estimate (think) it cost us about £5.00 & we have saved around £100.00 in a year because the water is wrapped up it stays warmer for much longer without the need to use extra electricity, essentially the airing cupboard insulation completely fills the section around the hot water tank, & the walls around it have the foil & foam insulation on the inner walls, the winter temperature in the airing cupboard rose by around 7 degrees as a result. ...that is a lot of extra energy & money saved which we can fit & forget.
Wind turbines ( just like we have near us) contributed to make around 25% of the uk's energy yesterday! ..(that was more than coal produced)
By Izzy M.
Have you ever wondered how a wind turbine works, & why they are so good for the environment compared to Nuclear, fracking, & typical fossil fuels?
Onshore wind farms reduce CO2 emissions, provide energy security, (keeping the lights on). Research conducted by RenewableUK and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has shown that for each installed megawatt (MW), around £100,000 stays in the community during the lifetime of a project.
Onshore wind works well in the UK because of the excellent wind resource. It has also become one of the most cost effective forms of renewable energy, providing over 5,000MW of capacity. A modern 2.5MW (commercial scale) turbine, on a reasonable site, will generate 6.5 million units of electricity each year – enough to make 230 million cups of tea.
Opinion polls consistently show high levels of support for onshore wind in the UK, with higher support in rural areas. In the UK, there are numerous onshore wind projects, ranging from single turbines to larger, multi-turbine schemes (see below for further details). Projects are developed by an increasingly diverse range of people, from large energy companies and independent developers, to community groups or small businesses and farms.
How it Works
Most wind turbines start operating at a speed of 4-5 metres per second and reach maximum power at about 15 metres per second.
This video shows what we can't see when wind turbines have been built around us.. but, the land is still useable to farm crops or cattle on (which we do a lot of in our area) , & our nearest big windmill turbine is at "G's" growers only 0.7 of a mile outside of town itself.
Unlike lots of other power sources, when a wind turbine comes to the end of it's useful life, you can simply replace it using the same footprint of land, recycling the bits & pieces used to make it.
Some areas of the country hve "community" wind farms, they use government money (a bit like the "Ramsey millions" to build turbines that can support their whole community with energy, & make money by selling the electricity produced back to the national grid.
We know we have enough wind around Ramsey, so why don't we do this in our community? ...what do you think?
Competition: Name this person, their association, & the mystery location ...massive prizes not to be won
Striking a pose, (catalogue model in a previous life)? whilst "dropping by the old homestead"
..if we'd known you were passing we'd have made you a cup of tea complete with some lumpy yoghurt (formerly known as milk) from the scout fridge, (we always have plenty of yoghurt, someone "obviously" sneaks in & pours the milk out & the yoghurt into the milk containers we reckon).
Write a book review in August & receive a free book, ..& charity receives a £10 donation ....brilliant !
In case you hadn’t already heard, August is ‘Book Month’ here at Flubit and we’re celebrating books and supporting the great work of the National Literacy Trust. The Book Month is taking place throughout August and we’re asking book lovers nationwide to send us their very own reviews to appear on the Flubit blog. For every book review sent to email@example.com, we’ll donate £10 to the National Literacy Trust and give the reviewer a free book of their choice to say thank you!
“We absolutely love books here at Flubit so the idea of a Book Month made perfect sense to us. We want to get the nation reading more and it’s great that we can support and raise money for a fantastic cause at the same time. The National Literacy Trust do some amazing work and make a huge difference to thousands of people’s lives across the UK, so we’re delighted to be able to help in our own small way.”Flubit CEO, Bertie Stephens
For those that prefer to Tweet rather than Blog, we’ll donate £1 for every ‘micro review’ we receiving including the hashtag #flubitbooks. Each micro review Tweet will be entered into a weekly prize draw to win a free book of the winner’s choice up to the value of £10.
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Beavers ...campfire blankets are a badge earner, ..make one & try out other skills from recent blog posts
Another good reason to get started on a campfire "badge blanket" is the new Camp craft activity badge aimed at getting beavers into camping & outdoorsman skills.
Whilst we have linked the badge (as usual) to all the requirements, they are listed below also.
To achieve this badge you need to:
1. Help to put up a tent.
(for a beaver this could be one of our recently acquired pop up tents which many children manage to put up ,..but many parents & carers, fail to be able to put away afterward, so we'll try to show your child popping them back into disc shape too)!
2. Collect wood and help to build a fire.
3. Cook on a fire or barbecue. (our sausage sizzles maybe? ..or under supervision with an adult at home.
(for this why not check out our "bannock bread" video blog post, it is simple & cheap ...& cooked right tasty camp food)! .. it only takes a few minutes to make & around 20 minutes to bake a small loaf.
4. Learn how to tie a reef knot. (we have a brilliant interactive knot tying link)
5. Take part in a small pioneering project. (we do these at cubs & beavers regularly)
6. Start your own camp blanket.
7. Visit a Cub, Scout or Group camp.
By Izzy M.
This post from the early days of the blog has been newly updated, because the information was not very comprehensive in the original scouting magazine, & my dad says "you have to be confident with your kit as you are with a kitchen" ..in other words you might be able to knock up a recipe in your own kitchen with everything close to hand, but beyond that environment you can make mistakes...
So we "knocked up" a basic bannock today (in the kitchen) with the oven set between 193 - 200 centrigrade (that's the fahrenheit conversion you need from granny glenda's video)
Then dad got me weighing & measuring ingredients into ziplok / clip-seal bags so we can make some outdoors too.
& will do the same over a woodgas campstove in a pan later, then, if we are not completely bannocked out, will try the stick twist just so that I have made the recipe a few times & am confident to make it anywhere!
That's why we have 3 versions on video for you.
So what is Bannock bread?
It bakes quickly, & is lovely warm, perfect for mopping up fried egg yolks, bean juice or tasty bacon fat when you really need the body to convert useful energy for a hike or cold weather conditions for instance.
Add honey, fruit, or seeds to make it either a sweet or savoury bread.
do remember to turn it whilst cooking, & knock the bread with your knuckles to hear a hollow thud sound when it is cooked! ..then tuck in!
Bannocks: Camp recipe
Jamie Ion shares this simple and quick recipe for bannocks. Backwoods cooking has never been so delicious.
Bannocks are a very simple form of bread that can be cooked on an open fire, grill or frying pan. You can create any combination you want by including fruit or nuts, but I prefer the basic bread.
Don't wait till you are hungry.. try this at home, so you are confident making it...
This is why we have 3 videos, one making it over a campfire, one at home in an oven, & another making it on a stick...
Same bannock bread, slightly different technique that you can have fun experimenting with, ..if you stick to the basic recipe it will be cheap to make & fill a hungry hole in your stomach!
So, same recipe, but made simply in an oven at home! ..thankyou "gramma glenda"! ( Cree first nations tribal elder from Canada) ..she knows her stuff, so pay attention!
I hope she does some more recipes soon!
& finally, (below)
Another short video of bannock recipe "strips" wound round then cooked on sticks over campfire embers! ..don't forget to pre-heat your stick to help the doughy wrap cook on the inside as well as the outside!
Hope you find the 3 resource videos useful!
After watching the videos, click the badge links to see how this knowledge could help earn you one or more badges, & teach you to feed yourself at the same time!
DIY – Sleeping bag liners.
Unashamedly taken from the "two canoe" blog
(because good know-how is worth sharing)!
(For reference purposes check out our Dunelm mills link for a source of fleece material in the uk, the excellent two Canoe blog is a canadian blog, so expect to see Canadian dollar signs along the way)
One of the best parts of camping, and spending time in the great outdoors is that it can be relatively low in cost.
Affordable gear can be easy to find in big box stores and speciality stores, but a great way to stretch your hard-earned dollars is to make your own gear. One piece of gear that the TwoCanoe gang each own and swear by, is a handmade fleece sleeping bag liner.
We like to start the camping season early, and we love to end it late. Doing so means that we’re usually sleeping in temperatures rated below our current sleeping bag temperature values. To add warmth to our bags we’ve each made microfleece or standard fleece bag liners using fabric purchased at our local textile shop. During the summer when the weather is warmer and we don’t need much to cover up at night, they can also be used as our sole sleeping bag. They are low cost, and can range anywhere from $10-$22 depending on prices at your local stores.
I’ve outlined the steps below to make your own. This version includes a zipper which takes a bit more time and effort, while the zipper-less option is a little easier, but equally as effective.
Here’s what you’ll need for the zipper version:
• 2m of fleece, 54″ or 56″ wide in your choice in pattern and thickness. We like microfleece, it compacts well and is lightweight, but standard fleece will work as well
• Straight Pins
• Sewing Machine (or you could simply hand sew if a machine is not available)
• Zipper – Plastic close-ended preferred (In my images I used a 30″ open-ended as this is all I had)
• Fabric Pencil or non-bleeding marker
Fold the fleece lengthwise with the pattern (right side) facing the inside. Using your current sleeping bag, trace it’s shape with a fabric pencil or any kind of marker that doesn’t bleed through the fabric. Include 2-3 inches extra on each side for seams. Note: The following diagram shows the two styles of sleeping bag which you can base your shape off of – Barrel and Mummy bags.
With both pieces of your fabric kept together, cut the folded side – I know this may seem counter-productive seeing as you will end up sewing it up again after, but trust me, this will make the process of sewing in the zipper on the opposite side much easier. Fully pin one of the sides. When you are finished pinning, sew along that side using a basting stitch (aka loosest stitch your machine will make). This loose stitch is required because you will later be removing this thread.
Now that one side of your bag is sewn, open your fabric with you seam upwards. Butterfly the edges of the seam as shown in the image below. Do this down the full length of the fabric. Now it is time to position the zipper. Positioning will depend on the length of, and where you want to place the zipper. Keep the top edge of the zipper close to the top edge of the bag. Remember to leave excess material at the top of the material to finish the edge around the opening of your liner. I chose to start this zipper 6 or 7″ from the top of the fabric.
Place the zipper face down, lining it up with the seam you just created. Pin it in place. Once pinned, sew your zipper in place along each side. A zipper foot is helpful for doing this, but not required. When you’re finished sewing, you can now remove the loose stitch from step 2. Pull and carefully cut from the front facing side of the zipper, removing excess thread as you go. You can do this using a seam ripper tool if you have one, otherwise scissors or a sharpened swiss army knife will do the trick. The hardest part is complete! Now its just a matter of finishing the remaining edges.
Realign your edges so that the right side of the liner is facing in. From here, pin the open edges on the side and bottom of the liner. Sew these seams. Your liner now has it’s shape and is almost complete.
To finish the top edge, simply fold, pin and sew. If you want to include a drawstring at the top to cinch out some extra cold, fold enough material to add a drawstring through the tunnel that is created by the fold. When complete, pull the pattern (right side) side of the liner so that it is facing out and you are all done!
The project takes approx. 1 hour to complete. If you are a wizard on the sewing machine, then it will take even less time. I hope you enjoy your newly made liners and get much warmth and use out of them this camping season!
Naveed and Amjad - Scouts and Samosas
Duration: 5 minutes
First broadcast: Friday 18 July 2014
Fi Glover introduces brothers who run the first Muslim Scouts Group in Wales. Introduced to Beavers, aged 6, a whole new world opened up to them, and they are keen to share it.
The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they've never discussed intimately before. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation - they're not BBC interviews, and that's an important difference - lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moment of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium. You can upload your own conversations or just learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject
Producer: Marya Burgess.
If Naveed or Amjad stumble across this, i'd love your mums recipe for spinach toasties, ..& a few pointers on some simple alternate flavoursome camp cooking, recipes, if you have any energy left after leading your packs!?
By Izzy M.
On Monday afternoon, just as party-goers & revellers at Lord De Ramsey's estate were winding down a hard week-end's partying complete with fireworks, glitter filled "fly by's"
paint-fights, & dancing to more bands than you could count on forty pairs of hands, & SO many other activities to keep the visiting "gardeners" blooming busy, members of 1st Ramsey were stepping up a gear to salvage kit that was no longer wanted by some of the 30,000 friendly visitors who dropped in to party it up in Abbots ripton.
We spent around 8 hours grabbing pop up tents. gazebo's , chairs, sleeping bags, sleeping mats & more tents packing them away & storing them back @1stRamsey HQ to be sorted, cleaned & put to use by you lot!
....& it was a heck of a lot of FUN!!!! ..we met some lovely people & had a cracking time, even though we were supposed to be there to work!
We hope that @SecretGardenHQ will have us back in 2015, when we will be more organised to grab, save & recycle even more kit which can be put to good use amongst the local scouting community!
Special thanks to "Si" one of the organisers who despite clearly not having slept for days (perhaps weeks) due to busy preparation of this amazing yearly local event (which draws in people from all over the uk) for meeting up with us & escorting us speedily onto the site where we were able to sort through some useful kit for our packs use on future camps & fund-raising events.
We haven't completely sorted through our booty just yet, but we will have saved a few car bootloads of kit from landfill, helped tidy up a bit by taking away somebody else's "perfectly useful" rubbish ...re-using & recycling.
4 man pop up tents x2
2 man pop up tents x15
Regular pitch tent x1
Sleeping bags x17
Sleeping mats x9
Brand new wellingtons (un-used)
Comedy wigs (sealed in packets) ..perfect for a tombola!
If we'd had bigger vehicles, this list would have been bigger too!
There was so much more but we ran out of time as dark got the better of us, however, like my dad said, "local music events are a golden opportunity for organisations such as scouting & guiding to obtain kit with just a little bit of work, one that local scouting administration is missing out on, it helps us & it helps the festival site, & it saves good stuff from being buried in landfill, if someone from county or Gilwell is reading this help us help ourselves & the environment".
The Guides & Rangers who now share our HQ are extremely jealous (we'll share our good fortune & our kit) ..& are inspired to join us next year cherry-picking & re-purposing useable items, this only happened because we took the initiative, & made contact with the London based organisers.
We intend to make this happen again next year on a larger scale operated by ourselves with support from 1st Ramsey adults to replenish our kit (we had none) & dispersed amongst other local packs.
There are SO many festivals, lets make hay while the sun shines!
Every county needs to look at the opportunities a music festival brings to scouting!
I am definitely going to the secret garden party when I am a bit older.
After a full on water fight pack meet along with the brownies & beavers we all say farewell for the summer break.
Keep an eye on the site for the start date in September (because Akela, couldn't quite remember when it is).
Until then, whatever you do, wherever you go have fun, stay safe & keep yourselves busy!
Have a good summer!
We will update the site over the course of the holidays if anything catches our eye! ..so check in here from time to time.
At the hut we will be having a clear out before the builders come in to work on the HQ improvements...We would be grateful of any assistance for a few hours, please contact judith if you can help sort through a few bits & bobs or assist in our tidy up!
All help gratefully received as we try to make the hut more community friendly..
You may have noticed, Brownies are now using the hut, along with sunday school & play group... we still have some spare days & evenings if needed, even for a one off meeting, ...please ask judith if this is of interest to you.
Find me a good.... #sleeping bag for kids introducing the snugpak "Laponie" £23.99 delivered (below rrp) via scout shops
Our webmaster tries to respond pro-actively to the reams of keyword searches that typically bring 15,000+ hits to @1stRamsey website each month.
(click the top 3 pictures to take you to scout shops "Laponie" sleeping bag page).
Which is why, when we find a good thing we like to link to it,
& happily on this occasion we found it on the mail order Scout shops pages...
We are of course talking Sleeping Bags for children through to adults within the scouting movement & beyond.
Whilst we do have some great guides to sleeping bags & all things camping I'd like to point out a fantastic price on a trusted "snugpak" brand bag available via mail order (internet & phone sales).
I have no experience of the Laponie bag personally, (it is for childrene after all) ,...however as per our guide pages we remind you that peoples body types are vastly different, & a sleeping bag is not a one size fits all...
But, I have used & relied upon the Snugpak brand of sleeping bags for many years as a valued outdoor brand that has never failed me yet, I marvel at the pack size of my adult bag compressed smaller than that of my daughters.
Snugpak are a British company, so good "local" customer service & information from a specialist brand should you need it... this is a budget bag, but typically suited to cub & beaver camping.
What I really appreciate with this bag is the dual zipper, which has a very smooth movement to it, with wide seams to help reduce snagging, (always learn how to zip a sleeping bag up & down), the first bag I ever bought as a kid locked me in & OUT of my bag regularly, from then on I took notice of material bunching & learnt a technique which has become a lifetime habit, ..but that said it wasn't a snugpak! ..one night in a freezing bag, November in the Penines was enough for me to chew over the importance of good kit, especially as I had plenty of hours to think about it shivering the night away in an emergency situation.
Dual zippers (located top & bottom ends of the bag) work well, enabling you to allow to keep the core of your body warm without suffering overheating in the warmer months, making this bag pretty versatile for crashing on a friends floor, summer camp nights etc.
The foot warmer "box" end is deep enough to keep your farthest extremities warm without boiling off the rest of your body, (take a look at the picture to see what I mean).
Hex-ripstop wicking nylon draws moisture away from the body, so you remain cosy & dry not cold & clammy.
The hood drawstring is easy to operate with one hand, helping keep outside draughts to a minimum, ..especially if your kid is a wriggly sleeper.
The outer layer of Hex ripstop is durable under typical "kid conditions" ..grime sponges off easily, & as it is a synthetic bag it can be home laundered with care in order to keep the filling pristine & effective for a long life of happy camping, ...try not to constantly launder a sleeping bag, & only use mild, non scented laundry detergents.
"HEX RIPSTOP FABRIC The outer of the ‘Laponie Bag’ is‘ Hex Ripstop’ which provides a lightweight, water repellent casing, produced to Snugpak’s exact specification. The mini hex weave and the lustre of the yarn give a unique look and handle to this bag".
I'll take a confident punt then & recommend the brand, the sleeping bag & the price... (add to that the bonus that sales from scout shops are re-invested in scouting)!
Here are some more details on this particular "Laponie" Snugpak bag!
"Kids will love their own mummy shaped or square bottom junior sleeping bag, shaped to fit the smaller figure. The square bottom version can be opened out to make a handy quilt".
• Highly siliconised synthetic fibres give a soft touch finish and prolonged lifespan compared to traditional hollowfibre filled products.
• Adjustable, chunky neck baffle for extra cosiness.
• Hanging tabs allow easy airing and drying.
• The anti-snag zip has a full-length, insulated baffle
• Compression stuff sack included for compact carrying.
Hex Ripstop Wicking Nylon
Lightweight and low packsize
Wicking nylon lining (Draws moisture away from your body)
Technical Hex Ripstop Outer Fabric (Strong and Durable)
OUTER FABRIC : Hex Ripstop
INNER FABRIC : Wicking Nylon
FILLING : Siliconised Synthetic Hollow Fibre
EXTRA LONG: No
COLOURS AVAILABLE :Blue, Pink
PACK SIZE24(L) x 20(W) cm (Fully Compressed)
BARCODE Laponie Junior Mummy Blue RH - 8211650480223
Laponie Junior Mummy Pink RH - 8211650482920
The £23.99 price is for the blue Laponie sleeping bag only,
...otherwise you'd expect to pay £29.95 or more for the pink option
Care of your sleeping bag
All Snugpak® bags are fully washable... by hand or even by washing machine. Instructions are given on the care label sewn into one of the inner seams.
However, even the highest grade filling will eventually lose some thermal efficiency and structure after repeated wash cycles, so machine washing in particular should not be done often & really only as a last resort. Whenever possible, instead of a full wash, we recommend the sponging of both inner and outer fabrics with soap and water. Then dry and air the bag thoroughly. Alternately purchase a loose liner, which can be washed separately as often as you like, will undoubtedly extend you bags life. Some of the liners will also add warmth.
Zip up the sleeping bag and ensure any drawcords are fully in the machine and not trapped in the door before starting.
Machine wash on a cool and gentle setting (never more than 40°C/100°F) in a front loading domestic washing machine (we would advise against using a top loader as the agitator can damage the product)
Avoid the use of liquid detergent and fabric softeners as this can leave a residue on the bag, a low or fragrance free powder is idea.
After washing we recommend a cool tumble dry and that you check the process regularly to ensure that it is not overheating. It can be difficult to dry a sleeping bag (particularly some of our more extreme models) in a domestic machine a trip to the laundrette might be preferable.
We use a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish on all our Sleeping bag - water repellency can be maintained with a cool tumble day after washing and periodic re-treatment with suitable aftercare products such as Nikwax and Grangers.
Do not store the bag compressed for long periods between uses. Whilst we sometimes roll sleeping bags at the factory for despatch we would not advise emulating this without special machinery. We suggest stuffing your sleeping bag into its compression sack.
By Izzy M.
Some of you might have a pop up play tent in your garden for summer sleep outs, they are also often seen at more & more scouting event camps...
They go up VERY quickly, & can be quite comfy for good weather camping, but trouble often starts when it comes to packing them away! ....it can confuse even the cleverest of grown ups.
BUT it's actually so easy that a child (me) can do it....
Watch the video for an explanation & demonstration.
I'm thinking we need to have a timed challenge to learn how to put a pop up tent up & take it down again....
After all it is a simple skill anyone can learn if they practise before they need to rely on it on a wet day.
Be prepared, practise a simple skill & have some friendly fun whilst learning!
Made by Me ...Izzy M
(always have a grownup around to help you in the kitchen)
I love Nutella on toast in the morning but when read the ingredients but it's packed with fat & sugar ..over 50% in fact ..which isn't good for you, now we save it for pancake fillings & sandwiches once or twice a week only.
We get the "George Foreman" electric grille out & made some french toast, (which is also not very good for you! .. but hey we like to try new stuff).
As I'd had eggy bread at camp recently dad thought I might like "french toast"
We turn on the "George Foreman grille" & butter 2 slices of bread.
Place the butter side down on the hot grille..
butter the top side (lightly) with more butter...
Let it cook off for a few minutes, the butter will be absorbed by the bread making it lightly fried / grilled.
when it looks nice & brown, & not floppy take it off the grille.
Butter the toasted bread LIGHTLY ..last time I promise ( Izzy's Dad)
Sprinkle 1 even teaspoon of vanilla sugar or cinnamon sugar per slice (tap the hand to spread it evenly don't shake it or you'll use far too much sugar with far too little slice coverage)!
Vanilla sugar & cinnamon is also really nice on porridge if you fancy a healthier breakfast....
Or top it off with fruit, sliced banana, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or some syrup.
In the picture you can see blueberries & some compote, with a dusting of fine sugar.
& you can get vanilla sugar from cubs & beavers as part of our fundraiser!
Why not try it!? ..After all "cubs can cook"
Yes it happens every camp! ...please notify leaders if you have noticed anything missing upon return.
There is a BIG bag of unclaimed bits & pieces waiting to be re-united with "forgetful" cubscouts.
by Izzy M.
Not a food recipe today, ..but I have been caught up in making "loom" bracelets.
I was given a bracelet by a classmate, & decided i'd like to try making one myself.
An hour later i'd worked out one of the harder loom weaves, made dad a bracelet & he said, "Hang on, if you can do these so well you will find making paracord bracelets really easy, why not make some & perhaps sell them" ?
SO that's what we might try to do.
In the meantime, why not have a go at loom bracelets, ...you never know they might go towards earning you a badge.
So speak to your pack leader to find out, or check out the badge requirements pages!
Looms are available cheaply from many places, & from different brands, (such as ozzbozz).
Here is a link to LOTS of designs & how to videos... hope you enjoy them.
& to show you how similar paracord is to use why not watch this video.
(I think paracord bracelets are actually easier than loom bracelets, but you need an adult helping you because of the need to use a disposable lighter)