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    One of our cubs brought his trumpet along to demonstate his "prowess" for his musicians badge. His music teacher had already stated he was at Stage 1. He played and he played. I don't know if the cubs were impressed or not but he played a fairly recognisable tune and the youngsters joined in and drowned out his playing by their singing. We all went home smiling so it can't have been that bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boballan View Post
    One of our cubs brought his trumpet along to demonstate his "prowess" for his musicians badge. His music teacher had already stated he was at Stage 1. He played and he played. I don't know if the cubs were impressed or not but he played a fairly recognisable tune and the youngsters joined in and drowned out his playing by their singing. We all went home smiling so it can't have been that bad.
    this is why scouting is so good for the soul... after a week at work, there can be little better balm for the stresses of daily life than an evening like this.

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    Junior Navigators - Cub age - after just three kayaking sessions were playing kayak polo. Great teamwork, great use of skills and all asking for more.

    Thing is, I only reluctantly offered them kayaking - and they have taken to it like there was nothing else. Great session today, revived my faith in kids ability to take on a challenge.
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    Not last night, but last weekend, or the weekend just there.

    Weekend indoor 'camp', at Strathyre. (Not really worth a new thread...)

    At Strathyre Adventure Centre. I think we're the only outside group who use it other than the organisation who runs it - if you see what I mean. It really needs some investment, but, it's good for us. Only glitch in the weekend was the water supply kept going off - but, we got a massive discount on the price so it evens out. It was just one of those things.

    Main event on Saturday was the boat across Loch Katrine to Stronachlacher then cycling back round to Loch Katrine Pier. 13 miles mostly on tarmac, it was about right for the mixed group we had. A couple struggled, (surprisingly, I found it alright...) Catering was fine, had a bbq for Saturday dinner which went well enough. The rest of it was easy to do, usual breakfast and lunch food. (No sandwiches though, all finger food, we spread out among the kids to carry, then laid it all out to scoff...)

    Only blemish was four scouts decided to stay up all Friday night. They didn't properly settle (or so we thought) till about 2 am (normal for ours really). But to be woken up at 5:30am was, how should I say, not appreciated? I got up, went through to their dorm and was proudly told 'we decided to stay up all night!'

    The first thing we did on arrival was ground rules. I said (because I knew they would) they'd need to be in bed and quiet early-ish (which in my mind meant 2 am at the latest). I told them leaders really needed to sleep because they were driving the following day on bad roads, I'd be driving my bus with 11 passengers - so I really needed to be rested.

    But they totally ignored it. I was, how should I say, quite angry? (Proper 'quiet' angry...)

    The only reason they woke us up was because a couple went to the toilet and were really noisy while they did so. I think I might have been more offended by their inability to figure out they'd wake us up, than their decision to stay up all night. I mean, if they did that quietly, then fair fucks to them - that they couldn't even do that properly? I left them in no doubt, they would be offered no compromise during the day, and if any complained about being tired or not being able to manage the activity - the consequences would be vast.

    They did however, one at a time, very sheepishly apologise. You kind of know when an apology is meant, there's no fanfare to it, it's done very quietly with no audience required. I thawed at that point.

    The rest of the weekend went really well. We had a campfire, during which we welcomed four new scouts and said thanks to the four for whom the weekend was their last scouty activity as scouts - they're now Explorer Scouts staying on. I also thanked my leader team, who are really quite decent. A great mix of people who are all great with the young folk.

    No one died, our chatty kid (who stayed up all Friday night) lost a tooth on the way to the centre, it came out in the van and got dropped on the floor - that was the only blood shed during the weekend. He found the tooth on the Saturday morning - I assume he didn't put it under his pillow because a) he didn't have one (HAHA!) and b) he was one who stayed up all night. (He also lost his voice because he talked to much.)

    I filled out a NAN form, I put most of the leader's names down, but none of their membership numbers because I don't know what they are. It was moot anyway, because we don't really have anyone to send it to anyway, sending it to the CC (who I don't know and doesn't know us) would have been superfluous, and our GSL (who is also the NAA) was along anyway.

    Next time, we'll get the kids to do more in the way of organising food and cooking. With the water being off (mostly) doing dishes was a problem anyway, so duty patrol (sort of) wouldn't have worked. The bbq generated minimal dishes and we bought disposable plates etc while out during Saturday.

    Not a bad weekend. 18 Scouts out of 20 attended, 2 YL's and 6 Leaders. One leader couldn't make it (he's also the ex-chef leader who we could have done with having along).

    That is all.

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