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    Perfect timing last night - St Patrick's Day.

    One of the explorers organised a "potato" meeting. He started by asking the Explorers why Ireland was famous for potatoes.

    1. Made hasselback baked potatoes - Like these but with cheese and garlic http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/7535/...-potatoes.aspx
    2. Made Mr Potato Heads with baking potatoes, broccoli, carrots, cherry toms and some toothpicks
    3. Made up Limericks
    4. Potato and spoon relay races around an obstacle course

    Great fun.

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    Having lurked on the forum for a couple of months...

    Last night we launched a new Explorer Scout Unit. Welcome BBQ (in the rain), toasted marshmallows, getting them to tell us which expedition tents the group should buy, and settling on a name - Titan ESU!

    Oh, and my wife and I were both invested as the leaders.

    Fingers crossed they all enjoyed it and will come again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atb View Post
    Having lurked on the forum for a couple of months...
    Welcome to Escouts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Atb View Post
    Last night we launched a new Explorer Scout Unit. Welcome BBQ (in the rain), toasted marshmallows, getting them to tell us which expedition tents the group should buy, and settling on a name - Titan ESU!

    Oh, and my wife and I were both invested as the leaders.

    Fingers crossed they all enjoyed it and will come again!
    Titan ESU - good name. Not sure I remember any other Titan's coming to Theme Park Camp, so that's a good sign.
    It doesn't sound like you put them off. Good luck!
    Ian Wilkins
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    All turned up for the next session - a back to basics night on the nature reserve, with some tracking and stalking games.

    They seemed to love it, but worryingly hadn't seemed to do it before either!

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    We had Rhythmicity visit us on Friday night for a session of African Drumming.

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    Knitting. Now there's a statement I never thought I'd make . Our explorers are leaning to knit. And me too!

    Gave them all the option of what they wanted to do and learning to knit was the top of the list. We have actually more turning up on the back of it in the last few weeks and I'm learning too, the right way to hold the wool fighting sticks!

    Some are using it as their skill for DofE and if nothing else, it's keeping them quiet and out of trouble causing mode.

    One happy ESL at present

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    Quote Originally Posted by ste jay View Post
    Knitting. Now there's a statement I never thought I'd make .
    knitting as an activity has been discussed on here many times before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ste jay View Post
    Knitting. Now there's a statement I never thought I'd make . Our explorers are leaning to knit. And me too!

    Gave them all the option of what they wanted to do and learning to knit was the top of the list. We have actually more turning up on the back of it in the last few weeks and I'm learning too, the right way to hold the wool fighting sticks!

    Some are using it as their skill for DofE and if nothing else, it's keeping them quiet and out of trouble causing mode.

    One happy ESL at present
    You never can tell can you? It's probably because they're sitting in a knitting circle and basically chatting and socialising whilst knitting. Excellent!

    Seems a shame to do it in the summer months, but youth led Ian, youth led.

    We made a Da Vinci bridge last week. Another of our units did raft building. Climbing this week.
    Ian Wilkins
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianw View Post
    You never can tell can you? It's probably because they're sitting in a knitting circle and basically chatting and socialising whilst knitting. Excellent!
    it's called "stich 'n bitch" ian!

    (or it could be made up and just merryweather off on one his fantasy trips.... well if you don't trust me go look it up!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by merryweather View Post
    it's called "stich 'n bitch" ian!
    I defer to your greater knowledge.
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    My wife has a knitting book called that

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    Quote Originally Posted by nevynxxx View Post
    My wife has a knitting book called that

    and i even know who wrote the book!

    iirc, debbie stoller.

    its crochet companion is called the happy hooker.

    my greatest knitting hero from whom i get all my ideas is that great knitter...

    .... gromitknit.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by merryweather View Post
    and i even know who wrote the book!

    iirc, debbie stoller.

    its crochet companion is called the happy hooker.

    my greatest knitting hero from whom i get all my ideas is that great knitter...

    .... gromitknit.jpg

    TM
    You are correct! We have happy hooker too. I learnt to crochet one New Year's Eve, but don't practice much any more. My creativity extends more to wood and metal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nevynxxx View Post
    You are correct! We have happy hooker too. I learnt to crochet one New Year's Eve, but don't practice much any more. My creativity extends more to wood and metal.
    I would argue that carpentry and metalwork are nowhere near as adventurous as are knitting and crocheting.

    an inline crochet hook is potentially a much more vicious weapon then a wood screw.

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    We made chocolate roulade. Swiss roll basically. Three pretty good results, out of four, but major problem was we just didn't have the time to cool the cakes down before slapping on the whipped double cream and things got a bit melty. Tasted good though. Well three of them did. On the other there was too much baking sheet flapping about and it decided to be a bit on fire, but the cake wasn't cooked, then 5 minutes later the cake was very cooked at one end.

    I'm thinking there's definitely something wrong with the smoke alarm in the hut.

    Pictures on our instagram account, farnhamexplorerscouts, possibly http://www.instagram.com/farnhamexplorerscouts
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