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    Panto tonight (Aladdin). Not a bad show and a decent amount of humour aimed at the older members of the audience!

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    We were practicing knots, lashings and building shelters

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    Rabbie Burns Challenge.

    Four bases; Haggis neeps and tatties, Cranachan, soap carving (of a haggis supposed to be) and a Burns quiz.

    Bit of a wild night, nearly (very nearly) blew the whistle. We had a couple of cubs come up last year after the summer and six of their wee pals came up after Christmas. The couple that came up last year decided to play up - presumably to impress the new cubs. There is a balance to be struck with activities it seems, the nights where we have bases for them to rotate around, for some reason, are generally more wild than other nights.

    I'll need to read the riot act to the new Scouts, this is what happened before, new kids come in and they're not told what kind of behaviour is expected, so they just fall in to the bad habits displayed by existing scouts. Thursday there was a wee bit like stepping back in time, it was not a little dispiriting.

    We'll nip it in the bud though. (Plus,our new leader is fitting in really well. He's great with the young folk and on the same wavelength as the rest of us.)

    (We swapped the union flag for a saltire for the night, to the odd raised eye brow.)

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    Chip shop challenge, cooking and building land yacht models..all seemed to go quite quicklyu

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    What, all on one night
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    Quote Originally Posted by DKRSL View Post
    What, all on one night
    Yep - 4 patrols on chip shop, 2 cooking and 2 model building, we will swap round over the weeks and add in a fourth environmental base

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    Last week we did lightpainting with half whilst the other half did a paper chair challenge. This week they will swap round.

    They quite enjoyed the lightpainting, although some got the hang of it more than others

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon.md View Post
    Last week we did lightpainting with half whilst the other half did a paper chair challenge. This week they will swap round.

    They quite enjoyed the lightpainting, although some got the hang of it more than others

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    Go on - how did you do the light painting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardnhunt View Post
    Go on - how did you do the light painting?
    long exposure - move lights around!

    http://www.scoutsphotos.com/2013/Exp...-and-fireballs

    http://www.scoutsphotos.com/2014/Sco...-light-writing

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardnhunt View Post
    Go on - how did you do the light painting?
    Yep as Chris says, long exposure and move lights around

    In our case I set up my dslr on a tripod in the hall, manual focus where the scouts were going to be (used a bench for them to stand behind), turn room lights off and let them run around with their lights. I kept the aperture at f/16 and ISO 100, exposures between 10-30 secs worked well.

    You can do it with other types of camera as well, you just need to get it to take a long enough exposure to get the light trails.

    A selection of torches, bike lights and phones did the trick for the lighting. I like the trails on a black background, but as with the photos Chris shared, you don't have to do that. Can also work well painting or outlining other objects.

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    cool - 1 to look at

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    Just watch out for rude words or pictures being created.......!
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    Last week we went through the personal challenge with the Scouts in groups. Has anyone had any success with this? I had a load of examples to help (from the website) and we tried to get them thinking about what challenges they would like to do but it was all a bit uninspiring. Don't think they thought much of it, not sure what the completion rate will be like....
    Any suggestions on what has worked well for your troops?

    I can see it working better when it's the last badge they need for their Chief Scouts award - the extra motivation may be enough then! Do you just leave it until the end?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon.md View Post
    Last week we went through the personal challenge with the Scouts in groups. Has anyone had any success with this? I had a load of examples to help (from the website) and we tried to get them thinking about what challenges they would like to do but it was all a bit uninspiring. Don't think they thought much of it, not sure what the completion rate will be like....
    Any suggestions on what has worked well for your troops?

    I can see it working better when it's the last badge they need for their Chief Scouts award - the extra motivation may be enough then! Do you just leave it until the end?
    I look forward to people's responses to this, i've got a meeting set aside for it after the half term. We're going to use 2nd Southampton (I think)'s resource...
    I bat for both teams...
    Yes, i'm bi... organisational!

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    I did a meeting entitled "Personal Challenges" before Christmas. I got a third of the troop in attendance.

    I think it is hard to market/sell it.

    For some we can spot a good challenge for them:
    Rarely attend - get them to attend nine out the next ten meetings
    Got loads of little bits left over from badge work - complete x, y, and z by x date.
    Good attendee but never attended a meeting about drama workshop/ campfire skits therefore not done the performance bit on the badge work - on x date you have 15 minutes to entertain the entire troop.
    The child that is probably Dyspraxic - 15 push ups and 15 sit ups.
    Leaders child who has demonstrated a heck of a lot - look after that dyspraxic child at summer camp (all leaders agreed he earns that)
    Good all rounder - Run a troop night, with parameters given by the leaders (taken from PL forum).

    The ones that they have chosen include:
    Hula hoop for 15 minutes
    Keep silent for an entire meeting
    Control the behaviour of their patrol for half a term
    Be a young leader at beavers for half a term.
    Read for books of the bible.
    Look after a new scout.
    Keep my bedroom clean for a month.
    Load the dishwasher every day for a month.

    Interestingly, the ones the parents have had a say in have failed.


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