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Village Newsletter: March 2021

Date: 1st Mar 2021 Author: Ciarán Carr

Virtual Scouting continues in Fressingfield, the District team have put on an online photography competition which many of our members took part in. At the time or writing we are waiting for judging to be completed to see how we have fared.

Explorers are thinking about their proposed trip to Mothers Mercy Mission in Kenya during Easter 2022. They have cooked chapatis and ugali and learned some basic Swahili.

Following their virtual visit to an Alpaca Farm, the Cubs are continuing to work on their Animal Carer Activity Badges. They have now “met” a Giant African Tortoise with large teeth living in a huge greenhouse and a Queen Ant called Melody that is slowly building her colony. They also made bird feeders and took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

The two Scout Troops continue to work together while we are meeting on Zoom. They have made two-minute presentations about themselves, played “Guess Who” where they worked out which cryptic photo belonged to who, and worked on individual “four part” artworks including an adaptable game made from recycled materials. Following their virtual hike to The Lake District last autumn they have recently virtually hiked up Snowden. This was great as quite a few members had been up there in the last couple of years and were able to tell us all what it was really like; it was a surprise to hear there were so many different routes to the top.

Beavers continue to meet on Zoom, they have been busy, after Christmas they showed and talked about their presents and pets, they have made and decorated cardboard picture frames and found escaped zoo animals on a grid reference game.

Unwanted kitchen equipment for our young people to use at camp have continued to come our way, thank you to everyone that has donated.

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