19th Maidenhead Cubs have been growing seeds from space! In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S and have spent several months in microgravity. The seed packs returned to Earth earlier in April and are part of an educational project launched by the Royal Horticultural society and the UK Space Agency.
19th Maidenhead Cubs are one of 10,000 groups who have received a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they have been growing alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks.
The Cubs won’t know which seed packet contains seeds from space, until all results have been collected by the Royal Horticultural Society and analysed by professional biostatisticians. St Mary’s School have kindly agreed to support the experiment, where as a number of the Cubs attend so they can ensure the project can be looked after on a daily basis.
The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the children to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates. Cub Leader, Loz Marchant says, “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. I can’t think of a better way of working towards the science activity badge!”
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Our group joined with 500 other Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from around Maidenhead in the annual St George’s Day celebration, The Beavers, Cubs Scouts and Explorers split into their sections and took part in outdoor games before me making their promises.
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Cubs will camp for a week over Half Term 24 Cubs from the 1st and 19th Maidenhead will join with 1000 Other Cubs from around the UK at Gilwell park in Essex for a week long adventure, The Wild West themed camp takes place over half term, and our Cow Boys and Cow Girls will take part in Climbing, caving, caving, and Ariel run, as well a day trip to Whipsnade Zoo.
in preparation for the week away the Cubs have held practice camps, built their own wagons and have even designed their own badge and flag.
The camp is now less than a month away! keep up to date via twitter with the Hashtag #cubjam
Congratulations to our fantastic six! Following on from Skills Camp Alisha, Barney, Jake, Thomas, Jason and Miguel represented the pack at the Flag Competition and came 1st Place. The Cubs competed against other teams to score points in a variety of team challenges and skills test.
During a cold weekend in February the Cubs camped out for a full weekend of Skills training. The Cubs spend two nights sleeping out in their tents; learn First aid, Fire lighting, Navigation, , and even tried cooking a boiled egg in a paper cup! All of the teams showed great comradery and team work throughout.
Cubs Took part in the annual Swimming Gala at the Magnet Pool. Our Team of speedy swimmers did a great job at representing the group, and made it into the finals for many of their races, Including the Relay race, and 3rd place in the Leader race!! Well done to everyone who took part.
Thank you very much for all the generous contributions for our new roof campaign. We’re well on the way to our target.
Many individuals have contributed as well as the following organisations:
Berkshire Masonic Trust
Louis Baylis Trust – Why the advertiser is special
Maidenhead Round Table
Toys R Us
Prince Phillip Trust
The Pinkneys Arms
Wallys Toy Shop
We’ve had the current building since 1972 so it’s done well to last 43 years. Through this time thousands of young people have been through the group and given them skills of teamwork, leadership, self responsibility and many others to prepare them for adulthood. I’m sure many people will have fond memories of your time in the hut. Unfortunately it’s now got to the point that the roof is starting to leak and we need to raise some money to fix it so it will last another 43 years!
We’ve got some quotes and it’s coming out as about £17,000 in total. We are trying to get donations of materials and labor to reduce this but we will still need to raise around 10,000 to complete the job.
There are lots of ways you help.
- Spread the word to anyone else who might be able to help
- Ask any contacts who might be to provide building materials
- See if your employer will provide matched donations donations as part of the corporate social responsibility policies.
- Donate via JustGiving. A proportion of donations through this site will be matched by Vodafone
- Apply for any funds you know of. We can help prepare applications
This year’s family camp took us to Youlbury in Oxfordshire. It had every activity you could think of from high ropes to archery to orienteering. To top it off Baghera organized a fantastic Japanese gameshow.
Thanks very much to Mark and all the other leaders for running the camp.
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