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Back to the great outdoors!

Outdoors again!

 

From early September, we started to return to the great outdoors. From the excitement of those first opportunities to meet up again, outdoor activities are now happening regularly in all our Sections. With all the appropriate safety measures in place, we're once again able to deliver Scouting adventures.

 

Beaver fun day at Scout Adventures Fordell Firs - completing the Challenge Course and enjoying a BBQ  session and presenting lots of @home badges and awards  Cub outdoor games and activities in Abbeyview Park, near our Scout Centre  Scout games nights at Fordell Firs  Explorer day hikes from Dunfermline to the shores of the River Forth at Dalgety Bay  Beavers on the trail at Lochore Meadows Country Park  Cub BBQ nights at Fordell Firs  Explorer Scout day hikes at Blair Adam Forest, Bishop Hill and Fife Coastal Path  Scout climbing tower sessions at Fordell Firs  Cub night walks  Explorer activity day at Fordell Firs, plus games, BBQs and archery sessions

We all agree - it's great to be back in the outdoors!

scouts@home activities

Scouting@home

 

We kept all our sections meeting on Zoom and through Facebook during this challenging time and providing lots of opportunities to take part in Scouting @Home

 

scouting skills  photography  local history  searches and runabout games  making armpit fudge  tv-based “Family Fortunes” and "Taskmaster" sessions  origami sessions  TGI Weekender: national virtual Scout camp  landscape painting  google treasure trails and quizzes  finding out about hedgehog hospital  virtually visiting a safari park  Beavers 101: a Summer of Fun  Explorer Scout at home challenge awards  connecting with Scouts around the world in Jamboree on the Internet

Our young people were kept busy during lockdown

Fire up the barbie - we're at camp!

Group camp@home Weekend: June 2020

 

We even held a Group Camp. All Sections took part in this 24-hour camp@home, from noon on Saturday 20th to noon on Sunday 21st. More than 70 young people actually participated - packing their rucksacks and sleeping in back garden tents or in makeshift shelters and dens in their house. We could probably add a few adults to that total!

 

Each section had different activity challenges, so 24 sessions took place, along with opening, closing and morning flagbreak ceremonies on Zoom, a camp fire, bingo sessions treasure hunt, movies and a late-night round the campfire chat for Explorers.

 

We had a great response to these activities with hundreds of photos on facebook to prove it. Leaders and youngsters were very grateful to parents as they were the stand-in Leaders for most of the time and we hope that they enjoyed being able to take part with their children.

2020 before lockdown

The winning team - Dylan, Isla, Lewis and Angus

Safest Cubs in town - again!

 

A team of Cubs from our Forth Pack (Mondays) won the District Safety Shield competition. This competition was won last year by our Tay Pack (Fridays) who came second this year.

 

This is a really good example of the great work being done in our Cub Packs to make sure that our youngsters are aware of the importance of safety across a whole range of issues.

 

Well done to both teams and our our adult Leaders!

Shiver me timbers! A few of our scary Beaver and Cub pirates

Family Night at the movies

 

A big thank you to the many parents and youngsters who braved the horrible weather back in February to come along to our family Evening in Abbeyview Community Centre. The hall was packed and it was great to see your interest and support of what we do.

 

The evening launched with a “Pirates of the Caribbean” style attack by dozens of very scary pirates - otherwise known as our Beavers and Cubs.

 

Thanks to all the families for entering into the spirit of the event and getting your youngsters fully disguised as pirates. We didn’t dare to hope for so many!

Cubs Emily, Kellan, Rory and Aaron show off their top awards!

Lots of badges and awards were presented to the young people in the Hall including four top awards to Cubs Emily, Kellan, Rory and Aaron.

 

Explorer Scout Ben G received his 10-years award, which although a small badge, represents a major commitment by a young person to be involved from age 6 to 16 (so far) and the many activities and experiences through those years.

 

On the big screen, we had a news presentation of recent activities plus trailers for upcoming attractions. The main feature was a tribute to Hollywood with activity photographs from the last 40 years to represent famous movies.

 

Finally, lots of photos taken on the red carpet and many cakes were eaten!

You'll believe a Scout can fly. The 3-G swing at Fordell Firs

Wintercamp 2020


Our first Scout & Explorer Wintercamp for three years was a hectic weekend of adventure activities provided by Fordell Firs and those organised by our own Leader team.

 

The youngsters took part in caving, climbing tower, crate climbing, archery, the 3-G swing and tomahawk throwing. We also had a wide game, a big movie quiz, t-shirt design, campfire, bread-making, expedition foods, firelighting in bad weather, survival tips, clothing and equipment for all weathers and, of course, our regular late-night movie.

 

Significant badge presentation of 100 nights away award to Explorer Scout Ben M. That’s more than three months at camp. Impressive!

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