Welcome to Around the Campfire, our new section dedicated to the scouting and girlguiding groups and other uniformed youth organisations in and around the Maidenhead, Burnham, Twyford and Windsor areas. Here is a round-up of what they have been up to.
Balancing on eggs and blowing up bottle rockets helped 1st Cox Green Brownies as they worked towards their Science Investigator badge.
They dressed as mad scientists for the session on Friday evening, wearing white ‘lab coats’ and wacky wigs.
Tent-pitching practice kept Pinkneys Green Scout Group’s Littlewick Troop busy at its latest Monday meeting.
Teamwork was required from the scouts to put up a new tent ahead of the camping season.
The troop started up just over a year ago and has spaces for boys and girls aged between 10 years six months and 14.
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A special letter arrived in the post for 4th Maidenhead Brownies.
Earlier this term they made a birthday card for the Queen, and they received a letter of thanks from the palace.
The group also enjoyed a trip to Waltham Place Farm, White Waltham, looking through the grounds and the compost heaps for bugs and mini beasts, and went orange for an evening in celebration of Holland’s ‘King Day’.
A video-editing challenge saw 1st Cookham Dean Brownies produce short films at the Three Discovery Zone.
During the visit, they made videos about brownies using clips and still images, adding music and other special effects with the help of the Three team.
An indoor pioneering project saw Bray and Holyport cubs building ballistas and catapults, tying them with reef and overhand knots, clove hitches and square lashings.
The project is one of the requirements of the Pioneer badge, but working as a team also contributes to the Cubs’ Our Teamwork Challenge badge, one of seven Challenge badges they need to complete to gain their Chief Scout Silver Badge.
A clear-up took place at 1st Knowl Hill and Waltham Guides’ campsite.
The guides spent Friday evening mowing, cutting down nettles and brambles and sweeping up ash from November’s fireworks night.
A ‘Brownie Takeover’ at 1st Maidenhead saw the girls plan and run their own evening. They took the register, led the pow wow and Brownie Bells.
The unit has two sixes – the Badgers, who put on a play of Hansel and Gretel, and Hedgehogs, who ran a drawing session.
Fun at Maidenhead fire station was enjoyed by the 1st Woodlands Park Rainbows.
They were given a tour of the station, got to go in the fire engine and play with the water hose.
Croissants and cheeses were on the menu at 9th Maidenhead Brownies for a French-themed night.
They dressed in red, white and blue, held a French quiz and tried some French foods.
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