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    Are TSA in the same lockdown as us?

    So tonight got an email as an ASL and included are:
    Scouts driving you round the bend on Zoom? Keep your Scouts entertained and teach them vital mechanical skills, with these new resources.

    So I thought, yes I am struggling so hopefully this will be something they could all take part in over Zoom.
    The link takes you to the Mechanic Activity Badge - durr?
    How can I do the following over Zoom and without being able to do face to face it is reliant on parents having a car and the skills...
    Motor car
    Learn the principles of operating an engine.
    Make sure you understand the function of the clutch, gearbox and rear axle differential.

    Show how to check and refill the windscreen wash bottle of a car.
    Show how to change a bulb at the front and in the rear light cluster of a car.
    Show how to check the level of coolant in the radiator, ‘top up’ the radiator and explain the importance of anti-freeze.
    Show how to check tyre pressures and inflate a tyre correctly.
    Remove and replace a road wheel.
    Explain what to look for when checking that a tyre conforms to the legal requirement. Find out why tyres with different amounts of wear should not be mixed on the same axle.
    Show how to change a wiper blade.
    Explain the outline requirements for an MOT road test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wealdbrook View Post
    So tonight got an email as an ASL and included are:
    Scouts driving you round the bend on Zoom? Keep your Scouts entertained and teach them vital mechanical skills, with these new resources.

    So I thought, yes I am struggling so hopefully this will be something they could all take part in over Zoom.
    The link takes you to the Mechanic Activity Badge - durr?
    How can I do the following over Zoom and without being able to do face to face it is reliant on parents having a car and the skills...
    Motor car
    Learn the principles of operating an engine.
    Make sure you understand the function of the clutch, gearbox and rear axle differential.

    Show how to check and refill the windscreen wash bottle of a car.
    Show how to change a bulb at the front and in the rear light cluster of a car.
    Show how to check the level of coolant in the radiator, ‘top up’ the radiator and explain the importance of anti-freeze.
    Show how to check tyre pressures and inflate a tyre correctly.
    Remove and replace a road wheel.
    Explain what to look for when checking that a tyre conforms to the legal requirement. Find out why tyres with different amounts of wear should not be mixed on the same axle.
    Show how to change a wiper blade.
    Explain the outline requirements for an MOT road test.
    I guess you could do a zoom session if you have someone in your household holding your phone while you go through all these things on your own car? Maybe some parents would also benefit from learning these things!

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    Quote Originally Posted by campwarden View Post
    I guess you could do a zoom session if you have someone in your household holding your phone while you go through all these things on your own car? Maybe some parents would also benefit from learning these things!
    Yes but the Scouts have to show they can do the tasks, me doing a demo would not meet the criteria (but since the badge police have been furloughed, I might as well just give them the badge)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wealdbrook View Post
    Yes but the Scouts have to show they can do the tasks, me doing a demo would not meet the criteria (but since the badge police have been furloughed, I might as well just give them the badge)
    Funnily enough the Mechanic badge was one of the ones where we always bent that rule - it just wansnt practical to get each scout to change a tyre, so we did it in patrols. So each Scout would demonstrate some of the skills. But... well.. we were always quite pragmatic with badge requirements. We always figured as long as the challenge was equal for every scout in the troop, it didnt really matter if some requirements in our group were easier, or harder, than those in a neighbouring group.

    *dodges the bullets*

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    This reminded me... It says for that badge, to change a wheel on a car, and on a motorbike. You can't really do it on the latter. At least not quite in the same way as the former.

    Zoom meetings are hard work. I've been doing weekly videos, and they're hard work too. More over, try as I might to get the kids involved, they just aren't interested. (That said, I know they're watching them, so at least there's that.)

    We did the mechanics badge this week, sort of. (I also had a minor off, on one of my motorbikes... Ooops...)

    The Scoutadelic videos are actually pretty good too for ideas. Even to pass the ideas on to scouts or cubs.

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    We haven't done the mechanics badge for a few years, it used to be run by our old chairman who worked for Thatcham Testing. I can still remember the parents coming to collect the Scouts and finding nothing but legs sticking out from under my Landrover - high ground clearance so very easy to get underneath and look at all the engine parts.

    One memorable year he even arranged a crash test for the Scouts to watch, an old Ford Escort hitting a concrete block at 30 mph, really got over the message about wearing a seat belt!

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    I suppose they intend it to be done under the supervision of a relative. It was always the case that leaders would fund this as challenging as many scouts!

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    One of the most disappointing moments in Scouts, and this is in reference to the kids, not the politics, was when I had a very good mechanic come down with a plan to o the Mechanics Badge with the Troop. He was prepared to take them a patrol at a time over five or six weeks. On week one we managed to get four lads interested. They wandered off after about five minutes and left him on his own. No-one else showed any interest so we called it off.

    Two others - One was Amateur Radio - we ran a course, got about 18 Scouts through the course, bought the basic kit and no-one would use it. Set up an IT room so that they could do research for badges. Set security so that it needed permission to allow Disney cartoons. I found them watching YouTube videos of people doing stupid stuff. When I did a history check, I discovered that the Norton security had been bypassed and they had been watching porn - so clever enough to bypass security but not smart enough to delete their browsing history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RisingStar View Post
    I suppose they intend it to be done under the supervision of a relative. It was always the case that leaders would fund this as challenging as many scouts!
    We were fortunate.. we had a fair few car enthusiasts on the team... or at least people who, by owning aging 4x4s, had learned the basics because the bills were getting too expensive at the garage!

    We could split it up quite effectively. One patrol doing "how stuff works", one changing a wheel (leader would demonstrate changing it to the spare and scouts would then work together under supervision to change it back), another patrol doing "under the bonnet" (usually on a landrover as you could actually see stuff!).

    We tended to take out the light bulb and wiper blade stuff due to risk of damaging the car but went through how to check them, comparing a new and old blade, etc and discuss mot test requirements.

    The only way to strictly fulfil the requirements would be to do it the old fashioned way of getting the scout to demonstrate it all to a family friend who runs a garage and get them to sign a note (which is how I remember doing some of my scout badges)

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