We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families across the UK, as the spread of Covid-19 causes schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, we want to do what we can to help.
While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.
On Saturday 21st January, Cubs and Scouts took part in the annual swimming event held at the Magnet Leisure Centre. The Cubs swam first in the afternoon, qualifying for most of the finals from their heats. And the Scout gala was held later that evening. Both teams came home with an abundance of certificates, in both individual and relay events. Jason and Hawkeye represented the group in the leader races. Fantastic effort from everyone who took part.
Cubs play a big part in shaping their own programme, by feedback back to leaders and making decisions about the adventures they want to go on.
This week at Cubs we talked about campsite planning, to give Cubs an idea of activities equipment and facilities needed to put on a camp. We challenged each six to design and build their own campsite from junk, to include the adventures activities they wanted to do.
At the end of the night were able to put all our plans together, for our own #youshape campsite.
The activities the cubs came up with included: climbing walls, Jacob’s ladder, zip lines over lakes, camp fires, paddle boarding, kayaking, archery, and caving.
Last term the cubs voted and decided the theme for our next camp, “The Romans” which will be held over the May Bank holiday 27th – 29th May 2017
This term 19th Maidenhead Cubs have been working on a dementia project in partnership with local charity ADS. After receiving awareness training and playing games to lean about dementia Cubs have spent a number of weeks thinking abut their own memories of Christmas/ Making memory boxes, which they have shared with others in the group. On Sunday 11th December, 10 Cubs and 7 adults joined the 100s in their red Santa suits at Dorney Lake for the annual 5km Santa run in aid of Alzheimers Dementia Support.
Cub Scout Peter Nicholas said, “It’s been really interesting learning about Dementia, and sharing our memories.” In total the pack have clocked up over 400 hours towards their community impact project and will receive their badges and certificates in the new year.
100 Cub Scouts attended an orienteering day planned and run by the Scout Network (Scouts aged 18-25) The Cubs had a chance to learn how to use a compass before being let loose on their own to collect orienteering punches from a route set out in the woods. The event in its 2nd year of running was fantastically attended. Matt keen who organised it said he was, “Really happy to see so many cubs learn the skills to navigate their own adventures.” On the day Cubs took part from: 1st Maidenhead, 13th Maidenhead, 18th Maidenhead, 19th Maidenhead, Fuze Platt, Cox green, Br ay and Holy Port, Boyne Hill, and Pinkney’s Green.
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!”