Saturday, 19 July 2008
In complete contrast to my previous post... The Drum Corps paraded and opened the Baschurch village fete. It was great drumming and marching and a real achievement due to hard work and practice during the regular practice meetings.
We then let youngsters at the fete have a free go which lots of little ones really enjoyed - great!
And just as behaving badly closes doors... doing your best opens them - the British Legion have affiliated our group to their branch (we get extra decoration on our colours), and an experienced drummer has volunteered to give up his time and come and teach us some new stuff next term.
It's a break over the summer now, and the Drum Corps start back on the 10th September with a free trip to bowling and laser quest (and burger and a coke!) which is a treat from Roger and me.
Have a good summer!
Hmmm... that wasn't the end of term BBQ I was expecting when I invited the scouts to my home! I was not impressed by finding them smashing up my daughters' play caravan!!!
There was broken glass all over the inside and mixed in the gravel around the caravan, the window hinges broken, the door smashed with the tyre swing so that it no longer closes...
Not what you expect when you invite friends around for a BBQ!!!
I expect you are thinking how appallingly behaved the other scouts were, and if you ask your scout if they were involved, they will all say 'it wasn't me', but I know a substantial proportion of scouts were involved and only one had the decency to own up and apologise (which I have accepted and I respect him at least for facing up to his actions and a seemingly genuine regret for his behaviour).
For the others, they may think that they are fooling me and getting away with it, but I know who is always there when there is bad behaviour, and whilst there may seem to be no direct consequence, they will have fewer opportunities than would otherwise be open to them...
Ask your scout what happened and then ask yourself if you trust them when they say 'it wasn't me!'
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
It gets quite busy and we are doing Baschurch Fete with the Drum Corps, we've got a rifles team together for the National competition at Bisley, I've entered the Ro-boreateers into the Lego Robotics competition again (we have two spare places still! and I've spoken to Mr Thompson and he says that you can have a day off for the regional heats if nec!!!), and year 8 are off to Spain on the school trip, and its the end of term fencing competition, and I've just not got it together to sort the canoes, so we'll do that next term if that's OK...
Since the PGLs have broken in to our store and stashed it all in the hut and locked me out, we will meet on Friday 11 at my house 8-9:30 for an end of term BBQ and planning meeting and having fun mucking about meeting - come with ideas!
This will be the last meeting this term 'cos Matt and several of you are off to Spain and then a week later we set of to a 'state of emergency' and martial law in outer Mongolia which needs a bit of planning , what with looting, troops on the street, burning down the communist party HQ and taking three sprogs...
- Hmmm.... I have a suspician that the insurance excludes 'Bad things happening at your hotel' from reasonable reasons for changing your mind about going there... so I guess we go anyway!
I can do guns now... so we can run an NSRA course which gets you an NRSA Marksman badge and a Master of Arms scout badge! (I got some target air rifles too - AA S200T and AA MPR Sporter)
More importantly, it means the rifles team can practice for Bisley! (and they need to...)
At least they've cracked the looking fierce bit!
We will run an NRSA Youth Proficiency Course for those going on the Bisley Camp, starting in September (free!!!)
Friday, 4 July 2008
The SSGMG are back to the Glyders on 13 July for a scramble - we went to the Fach back in Feb, so p'raps we'll do the Fawr this time?
Usually I post a pretty pic to give an idea of what its like, but seeing as we were there, I've posted a pic of the scouts on the top instead! It was great last time, but I'm afraid I'll miss this one as I am fencing in the Olympian Games that day.... which means you'll have to be prepared to pay the petrol money
This is the blog from Feb with some more pics...
and the consent form is useful as ever.
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
I'd have taken some pics of the game in progress, but the idea of manhunt is you have to hunt for them (obviously) so not very photogenic except in brief bursts... Anyway, at the end we had hot dogs and played with fire so here's a couple of pics from then when we were chilling out!
Richard (the explorer leader - familiar to all those that come on the SSGMG events) introduced his unit to the older scouts and those scouts moving up to year 9 or older have been invited to join. Its good to have somewhere to move on too at last, but I'll lose all those scouts I've known for a few years! sob!