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Monthly Archive for February, 2009

Podcast number 8. Finally got round to talking about the Scout section of the UK programme. Explorers and Network section programme to follow soon (less than a month!).

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Pancakes at Beavers and Cubs

Our Beavers and Cubs had pancakes at their meetings last night, as it was Pancake Day on Tuesday and most of them were cooked by me! Action shot The Beavers are too small to reach the cooker and to have them around hot oil is probably not a good idea either. It was a shame […]

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Happy Birthday Mum!

Today is my Mum’s 65th birthday, so Happy Birthday! Not really Scouting related, but that doesn’t matter!

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Honesty

I forgot to bring my lunch to work today, so had to pop out to the local shop to get some. My food cost £2.19, so at the till I handed over £2.20 and received 81p in change! I told the assistant he’d given me too much and handed back the 80p. He told me […]

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International Visits

During the summer of 2007 members of our local Explorer Unit went to Canada to camp with some Canadian Scouts. This year marks the return visit by the Canadians. This camp will have been in preparation for 12 months when it actually happens. Last year I was asked if I could help out arranging the […]

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A New Podcast is Coming (honest!)

I’ve just realised that it is nearly a month since I did a podcast talking about the Beaver and Cub programmes. The Scout one will hopefully be coming this weekend. I know that you’ve all been desperate to hear the next instalment!

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A New Badge

During our Centenary last year, we decided to have a badge to commemorate the fact (you can see my original post here). These badges were given out to all members of the Group and any old members we knew about. We decided that the badge was too good to only use for a year so […]

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A Visit to Gilwell

Carol and I have just come back from a visit to London and one of the things we did was to visit Gilwell, the spiritual home of Scouting. Considering how often I visit London, I’ve never been before, so I decided to make amends this time. The site itself was quite quiet with one group […]

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Today is Founder’s Day

Today, 22nd February, is Founder’s Day for Scouts or Thinking Day for Guides and Girl Scouts. It marks the birthday of Baden-Powell and, coincidentally, his wife. Today is the day we remember BP, his life and work. The WOSM have issued a small video of BP to mark Founder’s Day (it’s quite amusing too!).

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International Scouting

This week has had a bit of an international flavour for me. I’ve have an Email from Scouter Jeremy in Canada, a couple of emails from Lotta who is a Cub Leader in Sweden (and I’m going to send her some badges tomorrow), I had a good chat (hooray for Skype!) with SM Jerry in […]

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Badges

Just recently we’ve been having issues getting hold of badges for the sections in the Group. Our local supplier hasn’t paid their bills to the Division, so they haven’t been supplied with any more badges. To get round this problem, one of the Assistant Scout Leaders in the District has offered to be the District’s […]

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Leaders Meeting

One of my jobs as a Group Scout Leader is to hold regular meeting with all the Group’s Leaders. However, I haven’t been doing them recently. In fact the last one we had was 2002! In my defence, other than myself there have only been around 2 or 3 other Leaders in the Group in […]

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Badge Blanket

Scout Leaders are renowned for collecting Scouting memorabilia, especially badges. The traditional thing to do is put them on a blanket which is used when camping. There is always the competition to see who has the most badges or the most rare, but everyone is interested to see who has what. I’ve been using mine […]

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The UK Programme – part 1

Podcast number 7. Here is the first part of the Scouting Programme here in the UK. I talk very briefly about the sections and then about the Beaver & Cub programmes. Also, see if you can work out what I say in the introduction!

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Scouting & Technology

I realised the other day that I have had a PC at home for just over 10 years. My original machine had a massive 3Gb hard drive, 128Mb RAM, a Celeron 333Mhz processor and ran Windows 95. I thought I’d never fill that hard drive! With the advent of home computing, the internet and other […]

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