& a few others!
As usual Gromit is doing ALL the work, so he's a very Hot, Cross, Bun maker!
We were checking out Aardman Animation's (Wallace & Gromit & shaun the sheep fame) website, ....though your parents & carers may best remember "Morph" ...well they've got a nifty site with some "cracking" games such as http://www.wallaceandgromit.com/games/top_bun/
& a few others!
As usual Gromit is doing ALL the work, so he's a very Hot, Cross, Bun maker!
By Izzy M.
(Izzy's latest update on camp / outdoor kit).
When you have worn & relied on the same socks for many days on end whilst travelling you suddenly understand the difference between "good & bad" socks.
My dad started ski-ing & snowboarding many years ago, everyone wore flannel cotton tube socks which ended up soaking within a few hours & became very uncomfortable & painful to wear, (wet feet shed skin, rub & blister easily).
His hiking socks were thick wool which could get really sore over a few days of wear on the Scottish mountains & always felt cold & wet!
But luckily nowadays we know lots about socks & feet & you can wear the same hiking or ski socks for a good amount of time before they get cheesey, so are often better than your normal school socks! ..& if they make that much difference it does make you wonder why we don't just have proper socks, (just less of them) in the sock drawer!?
A sport / trekking sock can be very cheap for the wear you get out of them, my dad will take only 2 or 3 pairs with him for a 2 or 3 week winter holiday, he used to have to take a pair for every single day! ..that makes for much lighter luggage or room in a backpack if hiking & camping.
You CAN spend up to £20 on a pair of socks for an adult ..but you don't necessarily have to.
My Bridgedale socks are the same, hiking socks & ski socks are padded in places where normal socks aren't so are incredibly comfy to wear without feeling so hot & tired.
Bridgedale socks are available in most camping & sport shops, they are made in the uk & there are many different types for different sports & hobbies...
Right now, i'm wearing Bridgedale Coolfusion Hike Junior socks to school & simply for playing out, or going for a hike with Cubs.
http://www.bridgedale.com/hike-junior they have padded heels & toes so are super comfy, & designed to let your feet breathe more, (so even in trainers my feet are less stinky).
Having an RRP of £6.99 they might become your favourite socks!
Dad has a hard time getting me to wear "normal" socks these days because they are so comfortable, ..whether you are out shopping, hiking or simply trudging around a car boot sale or lost deep inside a giant DIY store, in fact recently, dad caught me wearing my Bridgedales in bed as they are so comfy & warm! (tut-tut) ..but that's not so bad really as I was seeing how comfy they were to wear over a weekend without taking them off, & you often need to wear socks in a sleeping bag ...in fact that's why it's a good idea to have extra pairs of GOOD sport & trekking socks, so you can put a clean pair on before you go to sleep & have extra foot warmth (& better sleep) when camping outside!
Good socks last, so don't suffer tired achey feet, ..invest in a good pair (or two) & see what I mean, sadly we do not treat our feet to the same level of technology as we do other parts of our kit, but feet really are SO important to keep happy alert & mobile!
Izzy's rating: 10 / 10 ..because fresh feeling feet let you do so much more!
Note: i'm off hiking with my family in Crete (spring 2013) to really test these socks out, & will update you then.
1850's: The last lake disappears
Whittlesea Mere, once found in the Great Fen area, was the largest lake in
England south of the Lake District.
It was a place for sailing regattas in the
summer and ice skating races in the winter. People travelled all the way from
London to boat on the Mere, and skated all the way from Cambridge and Ely.
Previous attempts to drain the Mere with windpumps had failed and it was the
last remaining piece of wild fenland.
William Wells and other landowners saw the potential for drainage and farming
on the soils. The most powerful steam pump of the time, Appold's Pump, was
transported from the Great Exhibition in London. It was set up on the eastern
bank of the Mere and pumped so successfully that the Mere had disappeared
completely by 1852. Much of the fen wildlife which survived there became
extinct, including the British species of the large copper butterfly.
Extract taken from http://www.greatfen.org.uk/about/history/fens
Worth a read, ..& a visit (after all it's all around us so not exactly hard to get to).
Can you see where Ramsey is on the map below, there is some "olde English" spelling, so you may recognise names of places but not the spelling of them as we use now!
Not even giant snowmen could stop us getting to Duxford for our trip out.
Happy Easter everybody!...
Hope you had fun at Duxford, & didn't get too cold, did anyone really expect snow? it caught us by surprise.
Our next meeting is after Easter & will be posted here shortly as an update when confirmed.
SUNDAY MARCH 24th 2013 CUBS, AIR activities
LEAVES 8.45 a.m. sharp from Ramsey Abbey college bus
So please be present for a head count at 8.30 a.m.
WE anticipate our return journey from Duxford
at around 4p.m.
for drop off at Ramsey by 5 p.m.
remember a lightweight carryable coat!
resealable drinks bottle (full of course)
See our recent half
term piece on duxford for more details, video, & link to the quiz material
13 yr old lego fan (& scout) creates official video for superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold's latest track...
Morgan spenny is a 13 year old genius (I wouldn't be surprised if he had been involved in scouting at sometime)!
(Morgan soon let me know he IS a proud scout with 1st Kilbarchan troop)!
His site is well worth a visit, either to simply watch what he films with lego, bike lights & whatever is to hand, & to use to take a lesson on how to begin animating with model figures, Lego, star wars, Lego, plastercine, Lego, playmobil, Lego, your sisters doll ....or even just good old fashioned Lego!
I've been mentioning stop animation & time lapse on the blog before! ...Morgan is proof of what a creative mind & some basic kit can create (you could even use a camera phone app).
Good stuff Morgan, we look forward to more tutorials & films....
Beavers & Cubs could do with some parental assistance! ...this doesn't necessarily mean you have to wear a uniform...
It also Doesn't mean you have to attend every week (you don't) ...simply whenever is good for you!
We send our children to beavers & cubs in order that they meet new people, get to grips with life-skills, outdoor pursuits & better ideals which will stand them in good stead over a lifetime & influence others in a positive manner thereafter.
Ultimately it stems from good guidance from people just like you.
(besides you can always catch up & rewind with a missed episode of "Eastenders", "Corry" on repeats, but a child lives in the here & now ...no rewind button.
By web admin
We were looking for possible forms of funding, donation matching possibilities that perhaps our pack of Beavers & Cubs could engage in to improve facilities within 1st Ramsey ((well you CAN dream can't you))!?
We found some excellent charity resources which may be of use to other scouting groups & community efforts.
One VERY important oversight is based on our use of modern technology (namely google maps) which lots of people mark in routes travelled...
Why can this cause a problem? ..well some charitable foundations are based on your proximity to them for example Locally we have the Mars (chocolate confectionary people) but Ramsey falls just outside of their distance for funding!
Google maps Ramsey to Peterborough postcode PE2 7BY to our location PE26 1DS is typically 14 miles ...no luck! we fall outside funding possibilities ...forget it!
BUT lets look again, the google map uses main roads, however if we use the term "As the crow flies" & plot a direct line (shortest route between us at postcode location PE26 1DS to Mars PE2 7BY our miles become far less ... 9.4 miles in fact! ..so just scraping in the area open to funding! ..offering a possible source of philanthropic assistance to ourselves.
for other examples try http://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-is-it-between.htm
What we forget, unless we are about to plan a hike is that we plan travel by rads, it's only when we can look at a map properly that we can plan our own route (to cut down on the miles or to visit other things on the way)...
The charitable trust operates within 10 miles in all directions of Peterborough so of you put a big circle of 10 miles distance on a map it would cover far more areas than simply travelled by road.
This means we might have a chance to apply for funding to provide kit for our pack! ..we'll have to see!
Happy red Nose day everybody...
SOME of it go's towards helping children in the 3rd world....
SOME of it comes back to help communities & charities like ourselves!
Whatever you get up to today... we hope you have great fun!
By Web admin
Part of our policy of keeping costs down is to try cheap proven "Belt & Braces" maintenance methods (as well as us being cash strapped) Is to make the best of what we've got (in true scouting spirit).
Having walked past the Scout Hut hundreds of times we didn't realise we hadn't got gutters & downpipes either!
Part of our rising damp problem has hopefully been sorted, via a combination of work party investigation to establish the non connected drain, the singular "human digging machine" assistance of a wonderful parent, & some inevitable spending to get the problem sorted properly £300 ...money essentially from our own fundraising by both Cubs & Beavers.
One of the next things we can do to help ourselves is to have some vandal resistant guttering connected, (£££) allowing the brickwork to dry out & become stable again, (there appears to be a concreted over drain to connect to (see immediate left of the lamp-post in the picture).
Brickwork air dries in good weather by about 1 inch per month, ..& last summer, well you remember that wash-out we presume!?
Which brings us to the point of the proposed work party, under discussion is the use of the often proven Thompsons water seal (applied by paintbrush) to help keep further water out around the frontage of the toilet area (as per the picture, small right hand window, newer building adjoining the main hall, & around the corner along the window outside our cramped kitchenette.
Several applications will be necessary, but as brick is porus (soaks up liquid) it's easy to push in a few coats with old paintbrushes...
We will require the use of a few stepladders to reach & make good higher areas, but with the majority within easy reach should not present a problem.
So can we ask a handful of parents & carers to step forward & assist Leaders & committee members?
Tea, coffee & bacon butties will be plentiful to keep us motivated.
Please see the sign up sheet, it'd be great to see some new faces to engage with.
By sorting this problem with the hut we will be one step further to securing the building for future use & moving towards our goal of making use of the outdoor area, so this will be another step forward.
SO, how many sugars in your tea? & do you like your bacon extra crispy?
See Judith or Dale to let them know you may be able to spare a few hours with us.
Hope we can count on you when the weather improves!
Please remember the Hut is used by our Beavers & Cub packs, as well as twice weekly sessions by the toddler group, & Sunday school, improvements & maintenance will go to KEEPING this building a community accessible building for years to come ..& hopefully open up the prospects of more groups wishing to use it!
(& if you do need a meeting place, please ask us regarding availability, either on a pack night or via the contact form).
The rather lovely people at LEGO had a look at our site recently & as a result have very kindly couriered over to us a rather EYE-POPPINGLY BIG box of LEGO to help our Cubs & Beavers get creative, have LOT'S of fun, & hopefully earn themselves a few badges!
We can envisage engineering, bridge building, filming & just simple creative FUN play to be had!
..this kind donation certainly opens up a range of opportunities for us.
Thankyou LEGO, ...from the bottom of our multi coloured plastic brick filled hearts!
Originally posted for half term feb 2013, we have brought this piece forward to assist with information for our visit to duxford in march....
click the picture above to go straight to IWM Duxfords website...
As a prominent cub visit in 2013 (& a fine opportunity to earn a badge)!
Duxford needn't be thought of as an expensive day out! ..why? because children under 16 years old GO FREE! (on normal non flying display days)..2013 regular day entry is £17.50 (so why not get together with friends for a Duxford day out whilst some of the adults enjoy time off in Cambridge?
Duxford has oodles of planes, tanks, ships, & a special american u.s.a.f. hangar dedicated to our visiting forces, ...lots to see so start the day early!
It's not just tanks, shipsn' planes ..Duxford's location was very important to turning the tide of the second world war from aerial attack, providing lots of cover to exhausted southern based crews, even back then Duxford (as a home for fighter planes) could cover bombing raids or defend against attacks on London & the south coast, in a fast plane such as the Spitfire & Hurricanes they were able to be everywhere at once.
Lots of historic documents, film footage, photos & spoken word recollections of those who served from the 1st world war through to the Falklands conflict & more recent times.
Definitely worth a few visits! ..especially on flying days or living history week-ends when it gets busy, ..but don't forget Ramsey has it's own special 1940's weekend including planes too, so make time for both if you can.
SUNDAY MARCH 24th 2013 CUBS, AIR activities @Duxford IWM
Paperwork was given out wed 27th feb for parental / carer consent, times & pick up / drop off.
...cost £10 per cub (this covers transportation each way) please sign & return for our 6th March pack meeting.
Coach pick up: LEAVES 8.45 a.m. sharp from Ramsey Abbey college bus turn-around
So please be present for a head count at 8.30 a.m.
WE anticipate our return journey from Duxford at around 4p.m. for drop off at Ramsey at 5 p.m.
we require confirmation of numbers attending by 6th March 2013 to ensure enough badges & worksheets are available for everyone attending.
Please, remember Duxford is a large site, both indoors & out, lightweight weatherproofs to deal with any bad weather but be able to carry them inside if needed.
Pen, clipboard (to write easily on your quiz & badgework materials).
Packed lunch, resealable drinks bottle.
See our recent half term piece on duxford for more details, video, & link to the quiz material download (pdf)
The fleur-de-lis is the main element in the logo of most Scouting organizations, representing a major theme in Scouting: the outdoors and wilderness. The three petals or leaves represent the threefold Scout Promise (Duty to God and Country, Duty to Self, Duty to Others) in much the same way as the three leaves of the trefoil represent the threefold promise for the Guides. Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement, explained that the Scouts adopted the fleur-de-lis symbol from its use in the compass rose because it "points in the right direction (and upwards) turning neither to the right nor left, since these lead backward again." The two small five-point stars stand for truth and knowledge. Together their ten points represent the ten original Scout laws. The reef knot or square knot represents the strength of World Scouting. The rope is for the unity of Scouts throughout the world. The ring holding the petals together represents the bond of brotherhood.
1st Ramsey Scout Assoc (collectively) ...News, events & general silliness "Ahem"