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    We did bench ball, few rounds of tug of war and then made coke can meths burners. Didn't have time* to light them or cook anything so that's next week. The PLs worked on plans for their upcoming PL camp and planning another meeting for them to run.

    We wouldn't have done tug of war but realised we didn't have enough cans so had to fill time whilst we sorted through the old out of date cans left over from last year we keep meaning to dispose of!

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    We had the second of two visits to the local Trussell Trust foodbank.

    We split the Troop in half because their warehouse isn't very big; the Scouts got to weigh and sort the food they brought, and then pack food boxes to be given out to those in need. The staff even provided hot chocolate afterwards and I think it was a very interesting and rewarding experience for the kids who, for the most part, are from families who will probably never know poverty.

    As an aside, one of our Scouts didn't realise you could get spaghetti in tins - eleven years of his life without hoops or alphabetti - that's tantamount to abuse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneiros View Post
    As an aside, one of our Scouts didn't realise you could get spaghetti in tins - eleven years of his life without hoops or alphabetti - that's tantamount to abuse!
    Has he seen this?
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    Simple paracord knot board:

    knotboard.jpg

    For some reason, the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches (#1720) never fails to confuse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneiros View Post
    Simple paracord knot board:

    knotboard.jpg

    For some reason, the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches (#1720) never fails to confuse...
    Did you attach it to the board and if so, how (and what was the board made up of)

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneiros View Post
    Simple paracord knot board:

    knotboard.jpg

    For some reason, the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches (#1720) never fails to confuse...
    maybe because it isn't a round turn; it's a round turn and a half?

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardnhunt View Post
    Did you attach it to the board and if so, how (and what was the board made up of)
    White-faced hardboard and a hot glue gun seemed to do the trick; Sharpie to label the knots. The surface was shiny enough to allow the paracord to be removed entirely if a knot had gone horribly wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneiros View Post
    White-faced hardboard and a hot glue gun seemed to do the trick; Sharpie to label the knots. The surface was shiny enough to allow the paracord to be removed entirely if a knot had gone horribly wrong.
    We've done these with thick card and glue guns, works well.

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    For the last meeting of the term we made ice cream and sorbet, using the ice-and-salt method. Ingredients in small sealed bag, placed in larger bag with plenty of ice and plenty of salt. Seal the lot and agitate/massage until ice-cream consistency is achieved. Called it the Victorian method, which brought the question "how many Victorian ice cream makers lost fingers to frostbite?".

    A success I think, although we were very glad we decided to make it outside, so much less clearing up. Most Scouts managed to make something edible, and were amazed how good it tasted. Some over-did the agitation and ended up with salty ice cream (or "artisan" as we called it; worth much more that way).

    Ingedients for very basic ice cream were 5 tblspn cold custard to 1 tblspn condensed milk, mixed thoroughly. Sorbet for the lacto-intolerant (but worked really well and everyone tried it) was a cup of assorted fruit juice. Pineapple and coconut was especially nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliveS View Post
    Called it the Victorian method, which brought the question "how many Victorian ice cream makers lost fingers to frostbite?".
    Well they didn't have plastic bags for a start, so probably very few.
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    Finished the term with a parachute drop. Nice warm evening for it. Plenty of parent help, so that we at least had a fair chance of knowing where the missing Patrols weren't. One Patrol really went wrong, and a couple took unexpected routes when they got near home and knew the way, but we got them all back in time for hot dogs at base
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    At Scouts tonight...

    We tried the Victorian Ice cream making...

    Ummm...

    Do you know, it worked well and with a little more care, more of it might have been edible. As it was, I think there was a deal of cross contamination between the inner and outer bags. It was also interesting just how solid the ice cream substance became...

    However, some scouts did manage to produce good tasting ice cream. All in all, well worth doing.

    It a gold star for eScouts and CliveS

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    Quote Originally Posted by pa_broon74 View Post
    As it was, I think there was a deal of cross contamination between the inner and outer bags. It was also interesting just how solid the ice cream substance became...
    We had the same cross contamination issue when we did it a while ago.

    For us, took them outside for a few rounds of manhunt and once it got a bit darker spotlight.

    That's it till after Easter now

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    Manhunt and Spotlight...

    Might be a bit late in the year for the latter, but the former? I could stand to know how that works.

    Always looking for new ideas.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pa_broon74 View Post
    Manhunt and Spotlight...

    Might be a bit late in the year for the latter, but the former? I could stand to know how that works.

    Always looking for new ideas.

    Very simple game ours always want to play. Three (or so) scouts are the hunters and the rest go scatter / hide. They then have to go hunt the rest - when a scout is caught they then join the hunters until you have a winner or they get bored

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