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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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Over 270 Cubs from all around Maidenhead took over a screen at the cinema on Thursday 21st April for a private screening of the new Jungle Book Film. Heather Hague who has organised the trip said “ The Cubs are celebrating their 100th Birthday year and this year is billed as the wildest yet!” Cubs was originally based on the Jungle Book Story back in 1916 as Baden Powell was a good friend of Rudyard Kipling.
Last term Cubs from our pack worked on their on their own animation project with help from the Three Discovery Centre. As a Big Birthday Surprise the 3 minute video which retells the story of Scouting was played in the cinema before the feature film, and the Cubs involved will also see their names credited on the Big screen.
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.
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