When: Friday evening 27th, ----- Sunday 29th June
Where: "Lesley Sell Scouting Activity Centre" (on the road to Bedford) HERE
How Much? : £30
Friday from 6pm
finishing Sunday @3pm
The caving system consists of multiple different challenges along the experience. You will have to climb a climbing wall, crawl through a spider’s web, breath in at the narrowing walls and our favourite, the pod of foam! All theses challenges make for an even greater adventure
To top it all off you will have to navigate the system in the dark!
The above ground, multi pod caving experience is open to all groups bridging the activity gap for beavers!!
This is a must do activity when visiting LSAC and an opportunity that cant be passed up!
& of course the usual, good food, late nights, campfire sing songs, stories & skits... room to run, or roam (safely) wide games & wide open spaces
Too good to miss!
If you would like to join us at Bromham camp (a great site) please fill in the form which came home with your cub, return it with a deposit of £10 by the 25th April, the balance of £20 must be paid by 31st of May 2014.
(you can pay all at once or in small amounts, speak to Akela Judith).
This will be a BIG camp involving most of the Cambs district, so places are limited.
PLUS ...nights away at camp go toward your camp badge, & there may well be a camp badge available for your camp blanket! ... not got one? get making it! HERE
By Izzy M.
One of my dads biggest regrets was not having his own dad around to show him how to use tools & mend things, he's determined not to let me be scared of using tools like he was & still is, so has had me making my own walking stick last summer, cutting padlocks off with grinding tools, using saws, blowtorches (to make cheese on toast extra yummy).. drills & all-sorts, for my DIY badge I put up a plasma tv bracket which comes out into the room nearly 2 feet! (in the photo) but sometimes I just don't know he has up his sleeve or even "popping out of the toaster"!
Yes that's right, we are making stuff from food.
When dad was little he was in awe of some gruesome automata in Brighton pavillion, & was also allowed to play with some fantastic old moving piggy banks from a hundred years ago, ..then when living in London he came across a place packed with "automata" moving models & used to go down & see them week after week, he even made a few himself.
He thought it was time I got an idea with some simple materials we had lying around, (luckily dad checked we weren't using the last of the bread ...or there would have been big trouble).
Take a look at what we made! ....then have a look at the youtube video below, it might make you want to try a project for fun or towards a badge!
You DO need a hot melt glue gun, so have an adult helping you! ..instructions are in the video at the bottom!
Below is a video of where he used to spend hours playing with automata to give you an idea how creative & awesome it can be.
If you would like a go, it might be best to show an adult or helper this video first, or else they might think you've gone a bit crazy! ..have fun!
Tonight we made miniature "pioneering" models of ballista's (catapults) which involve making use of the "A" frame used for basic tents, strengthening struts on bridges & all-sorts in everyday engineering..
Of course there wasn't enough room in the hut (which if you look up at the ceiling ALSO uses A-frame strength in the roof supports) so we used tightly knotted rubber bands & bamboo skewers ...there would have been flat as a pancake cubs if we'd tried to use the real thing, (besides pancake day is over).
IF you'd like to try a bit more missile throwing click the picture above which will take you to lego instructions how to make one at home with LEGO!
We also found this fun LEGO online game HERE which rewards you when you master each level! ..hope you have fun!
Later on we listened to 2 Cubs (both girls) ..."come on boy's don't leave it to the girls" who talked us through Gymnastics, showing us a bundle of certificates & sewing badge awards, then we listened to another cub run through their book badge requirements, which if your child enjoys reading is "easy-peasy" to get!
Several boys ..(phew) said they were going to try out for a badge or three, including a hobby badge for football! Another said he would got for his hobbies badge, which is swimming ..we suggested they try swimming for the swimming badge! ...seems logical to us!
SO with that in mind we'll pop a link (click the badge) for you to have a rummage around our badge page, you can then (with an adult) talk through what you might have already achieved toward a badge, & what little bit more you need to do to get a cub badge for your sleeve!
So come on Cubs, drag an adult to the computer, click on the site & see, you MIGHT already have qualified for a badge without even knowing it! (you don't necessarily have to do everything for a badge all at once & some parts of it may have been covered elsewhere)
Come & talk to a leader at the beginning or end of your next session, this gives us time to order a badge if necessary, & also offer advice if needed!
HINT: if you complete a badge, & sew it on (with some adult guidance) ..you are already on your way to another badge! ...see if you can find out which one it is!
The latest issue of things to do (& things to GLUE) ..in a digital page turning format, just click the picture to read the magazine...
projects aplenty, whether going for a badge or simply bored & fancy tryin something different "Get Active" is full of ideas..
The adult leaders scouting periodical, but why don't you take a look anyway?
WIN! Vango camping kit
To celebrate Scouting's partnership with outdoor suppliers Vango, there is over £400 worth of fantastic camping kit to win!
One simple question! click the link at the top to go to scouting magazines competition page!
If you take a look at our excellent links page, Tim Hunkin will amaze & surprise bothe kids & adults alike, he's a bit of a nutty professor, engineer, scientist, inventor & creator of some amazing automata which can be found all over the world, OR at his longrunning show you can visit, & believe me once visited it's never forgotten, One adult we know used to visit it in London EVERY week! but let Tim tell you more in his own words
Most of the things on this site are not on public display. Many were temporary, made for TV or theatre; others are in private hands, and quite a few have just got lost. The inspiration for this site was mainly because so much has disappeared for one reason or another. The best thing on display is The Under The Pier Show amusement arcade on Southwold pier, Suffolk (100 miles from London) - where I've also got a waterclock, windbreaks and other street furniture. The Secret Life of the Home gallery in the Science Museum, London is the other thing I'm really proud of. To avoid disappointment I've given everything on the list a star rating. ( 5 stars worth an expedition to see, 1 star beware of disappointment).
See, we told you he was a crazy inventor, ..go take a look at his websites.....
Not sure where to get your scouting kit for a kid curious as to joining cubs>
Being badgered by a boisterous beaver who has grown out of their kit or is moving up?
We have a scout shop!
195 Perne Road, Cambridge
Open Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:45pm-8:30pm
(During School Term Time)
Also first Saturday of every month, 3:00pm-5:00pm
(except Bank Holiday weekends)
Call: (01223) 248768
Methods of Payment: Cash or Cheque Only
Easter Holiday: The Scout Shop will close after business on Wednesday 2nd April and will re-open on Wednesday 23rd April 2014
The Cambridge Scout Shop holds everything you'll ever need for Scouting and Guiding in and around Cambridge. It stocks uniforms, books, merchandise and equipment for all Scout and Guide units in the south of the county. It is also a useful outlet for passionate hikers, campers and outdoor types.
By Izzy M.
Always have a grown up helping you in the kitchen, & don't forget to clean work surfaces before you start, with bleachy water, & clean, just washed hands!
My dad loves these as they contain veg, are colourful & go well with ketchup! are quick to lightly fry off & can be kept warm for a good while if you need to make up lots at home or at camp.
My Grandma used to make these most nights when she lived out in Africa & they are a family favourite.
You could put all the dry ingredients into a zip seal bag to make it faster if you are camping, planning ingredients that can be bagged at home makes it easier to store & pour..
Corn fritters are cheap to make & pretty tasty, if you want extra flavour add some chopped chives, otherwise just have them plain with a dollop of sauce or mixed in with whatever else you are eating, dad used to cook these up with soup when he didn't have any bread, or simply with stir fry vegetables.
The mixture can be made up 2-4 hours before you need it & will keep in the fridge, IF camp facilities allow.
( style below is based on a Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall recipe).
Put the DRAINED can of corn in a mixing bowl and sift in the flour, salt and baking powder. Add the chives and season with freshly ground black pepper.
Combine the milk and egg and stir into the corn mixture with a large metal spoon until well combined - the mixture should fall off the spoon with a light tap. Add a little extra milk if necessary.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Slide large spoonfuls of the mixture into the frying pan and cook each side for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Be careful not to cook the fritters on too high a heat as they will brown too quickly on the outside without cooking the centre.
Repeat with the remaining mixture, keeping the cooked corn fritters in a warm oven. (or under foil in a warm container if at camp) .
When you've made these you will want to make them again, & again, either on their own as a quick snack or as part of a meal, they are cheap, satisfying, & can be made in a very short time once you know what you are doing.
Nothing lasts forever! ..& that could mean us as a group if there is not enough adult help & leadership to make the groups continuation worthwhile.
We need adult helpers, full time, part time, occasional pop in & out...
If you value 1st Ramsey & you'd likto see it flourish & widen opportunities & activities for all then step forward, offer your professional insight & perhaps a bit of your time, be it a one off project or ongoing support.
Come & talk to us, whether it's for Beavers OR Cubs (please)
By Izzy M.
Always wash your hands before, during & after cooking, pre-wipe worksurfaces with a bleachy water solution with an adult helping in the kitchen.
Sweet Oak Smoked Almonds "Luxury" Trail mix
Even without being smoked Almonds made this way are scrumptious, you can eat them on their own or add some of the other ingredients we included in part 1 of this blog piece.
In fact since several Olympians we talked to (Team GB's Medal winning Jenny Jones for snowboard slopestyle, & 3 times Canadian Olympian Mercedes Nicoll) BOTH poined out how usefyl nuts & almonds are as energy givers, so even if you don't mix up a recipe, if yo buy them freshly roasted then they make a superb after school snack, instead of bad for you biscuits, I can't resist them!
Get the freshest WHOLE almonds you can, not flaked as they are really dry & have lost their creamy nutty flavour.
(we bought ours loose along with some pistachios when passing Lidl for 59p per 100g which is the cheapest of all the supermarkets helping save group funds).
250g Almonds (with skins)
40g of Salted butter
4 x teaspoon of Granulated sugar
1x teaspoon of Table salt
IF your almonds are already salted, only add 1/2 (or less) the amount on this recipe.
The almonds are now ready for smoking.
Transfer them onto a baking tray, or if you have one, use a fine wire mesh tray, and place in the cold smoker.
Cold smoke the almonds for 4 hours over oak or beech.
Transfer the smoked almonds back to the sealable container and give them another shake.
They are now ready to bag up or even eat. These make a posh treat for any occasion.
If you haven't got a cold smoker, don't worry, the sweet & savoury flavours of the sugar salt & butter make these yummy, adding a bit of smoke is just how we like it (Dad cold smokes everything these days).
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