Now we have our acorns, we need to float them in water... if they float there are grubs & insects eating away inside, but if they part sink (submerge themselves) then they are "good"
It only takes a few seconds to pour them into a jug of water & take off the floaters...
Dry out the good acorns with a clean tea towel & put them aside in a cool place.
Now we need ziplok / clipseal bags (one for each acorn) & a good amount of fresh nutrient rich peat based compost.
We wet the peat with regular water grab a small handful & gently pop an acorn into the middle.
Squeeze out most of the air close off the bag, seal it & add it to a pile.
You do need to tell your parents or carers about what you plan to do because you will have to nab a small corner of your fridge, so everyone in your households co-operation will be required. (we are lucky we have a small spare beer fridge so will use that).
Many tree seedlings can be started in this way, not just oaks, watch the videos below to see the next stages...
Do make sure a grown up is helping you, especially if you need to use a knife, or move a heavy peat bag around.
It took us about 10 minutes gathering to find 140 "good" acorns when floated.
Lets see what they are like in spring!
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)
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‘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).
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ACTIVE TIME:15 minutes
TOTAL TIME:45 minutes
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