The second lockdown and the consequent return to Virtual Scouting for the rest of 2020 has meant we have only been able to meet on Zoom. It was tough meeting outdoors at this time of year but getting together, even briefly, is so much better than looking at a computer screen. Hopefully we will be back to limited outdoor Face to Face Scouting early in 2021.
Cubs and Beavers have been together on a virtual visit to Wye Valley Alpacas and learned a lot about Alpacas. Beavers have made Christmas calendars, decorated biscuits and toast and made Cup Cake Poppies. Cubs have investigated healthy eating and made sandwiches and researched and celebrated Divali.
Norfolk Scouts (yes, Fressingfield is in Suffolk but for Scouting we have been part of Norfolk for many years!) have run another Virtual Jamboree called BOXJAM with many activities and events which several of our members enjoyed. Southern Norfolk District are running a Lockdown Challenge of activities that can be completed at home and lead to a badge. Both gave the opportunity to interact on screen with members from other Groups.
Scouts have been on a virtual hike to the Lake District and learned about map reading in mountainous areas, played a Generation Game type memory game, identified members from cryptic photographic clues and made Pizza in a mug.
The Explorers successfully completed an Escape Room and have been planning their Easter 2022 expedition to Kenya including a virtual tour of the orphanage. They also spent an evening completing their Digital Champion Badge.
We have been doing as much fundraising as lockdown and COVID safe restrictions allow. A Virtual Auction of donated items has raised a significant contribution towards our new HQ fund, many thanks to all that donated items and supported this. The chair of our Executive Committee, with one of the Scout Leaders, undertook a sponsored parachute jump which also raised around a thousand pounds.
Unfortunately, the planned arrival of our new HQ building in December did not happen. We are striving to get a fresh plan in place so that we have a safe and secure indoor space available for when we are again allowed to meet indoors. We will keep you informed of any new arrangements and thank you for your continued support.
Last month we asked for unwanted cooking equipment for camping, there have already been donations but we thought it worth repeating the appeal as there may more items looking for a new home after Christmas. We need metal pots, pans and utensils for use at camp so anything not breakable or easily melted is useful particularly frying pans, cooking pots, dishes and trays and things like ladles and spatulas and even redundant grids from barbeques and grills. Small axes, logging saws, pruning saws and spades or entrenching tools are also useful. If you can help with this please contact any Leader or Michael on 07761827053.