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Village Newsletter: July 2020

Date: 1st Jul 2020 Author: Ciarán Carr

1st Fressingfield Scout Group, along with all UK Scouting, continues in lockdown with no face to face meetings of any member allowed. Accordingly, we have moved to Virtual Scouting with Scout Section, Executive and Leader team meetings held on Zoom and many emails pingponging around.

Some of the things we have been doing are here:

Explorers took part in National Fish and Chip day with a Fish and Potato Challenge involving each cooking a meal including those ingredients, the following week they had a gym session to burn of the calories. They have also focussed on Global Issues affecting youth.

Adventurers Scout Troop completed DIY projects over half term and showed their achievements the next week. They have also looked at Mental Health awareness and had an extended quiz night with themes ranging from VE Day to Disney via Star Wars and Harry Potter!
Pioneer Scout Troop have worked on some Scouting skills around First Aid, knotting and preparing for a camp, have a quiz most weeks with a wide range of Scouting and general knowledge questions and have developed a team game, that we are calling Scout Fortunes, based on Family Fortunes.

Both Cub Packs are operating together at the moment and have been working on Gardener Badge, Naturalist Activity Badge and Environmental Conservation Badge and have made bug hotels and then monitored which bugs come and visit.

Beavers have been making pizza, and cupcakes and had a food quiz which all go towards the Cooks Badge and are working on cyclist badge and cycle activities at home with their parents and posting photos of their skills. One of the Beavers is using the focus on cycling to fund raise for Banham Zoo with a sponsored 100 mile cycle ride.

You will remember last month reading about our Virtual Camp at the beginning of May, the video has now been completed and can be viewed here. Please log on to it to see what we got up to.

To keep the camping at home theme current we have challenged every member, including Leaders, with the Camp and Cook Mission, which involves camping and cooking at home in every month of the year. Gold Standard involves all twelve months camping outdoors, Silver if any are in an indoor den. There is a Bronze level for Beavers which involves preparing breakfast rather than cooking. No beds allowed!! Details are on the website if you are interested in the sort of things we are attempting.

We are still keen to have your empty crisp packets towards our fund raising for a new kayak so please continue to save them at home, but hang on to them until the current situation returns to normal.

Scouting provides a second family to lots of young people. It’s a safe place where they can aspire and grow.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls