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.
CUBS: An-out-of-this-world experiment has seen 19th Maidenhead roll up their sleeves to plant rocket seeds as part of a research project.
The Cubs have planted a packet of seeds which spent several months in microgravity on the International Space Station (ISS), alongside seeds which haven’t been to space, to measure the difference as they grow.
Rocket Science was launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.
St Mary’s Catholic School in Cookham Road is helping the group look after the seeds.
Cub leader Loz Marchant said: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. I can’t think of a better way of working towards the science activity badge, than by helping in this very important assignment.”
RAINBOWS: ‘Terry the trout’ fell victim to a lesson in fish filleting when 1st Woodlands Park visited Tesco in Dedworth to learn about different foods.
The trip was part of the Farm to Fork project.The girls enjoyed exploring the store – including the freezer – and tasting fruit and veg, bread and cheese.
Guider Bethanie Hadley (Bumble Bee) said the group was the first from the Maidenhead and Windsor district to receive the accompanying badge.
BEAVERS: A hamper’s worth of food was collected and presented to Elizabeth House by Littlewick Green Beavers as part of their My World Challenge Badge.
More than 20 beavers collected non perishable items to put in the hamper which was presented to Miriam Blazey, manager at Elizabeth House day care centre in Cookham.The group, a subset of Winter Hill which meets at Littlewick Green Village Hall every Monday, spent three weeks working on challenges for the badge including visiting Marlow Fire Station, and growing their own plants.
Emma Fielding, beaver leader said: “They have taken part in lots of challenges for this badge over the last few weeks.
“Next week they will have a drumming session before being presented with their badges.”
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BROWNIES: An informative evening learning about Islam was enjoyed by 1st Maidenhead when they visited the Maidenhead Mosque.
Brown Owl Sally Worman said: “The brownies were fascinated and asked lots of questions. Everyone made us feel so welcome.”
1st Cox Green celebrated International Dance Day on Friday with an evening of hoe-down, low down barn dancing, using up plenty of energy and enjoying several packets of emergency biscuits.
Amelie Heavyside and Imogen Flood from 1st Furze Platt made £47.10 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by selling jewellery and other items outside the Furze Platt schools on Friday, taking the group’s total raised to more than £150 in just two weeks.
Four Brownie units took a total of 34 Brownies to an activity weekend at PGL Liddington from April 22-24.
Zip wire, canoeing and abseiling were among the adventure activities the youngsters from 1st, 8th and 9th Maidenhead and 1st Pinkneys Green enjoyed during their PGL trip.
GUIDES: The Queen’s 90th birthday was celebrated with a party by 4th Maidenhead (Methodist).
They decorated tiaras, bunting, tablecloths and paperchains, as well as making cucumber sandwiches, cheese and pineapple on sticks and strawberry Eton mess, and singing Happy Birthday to Her Majesty.
Contact assistant editor Nicola Hine on 01628 678230, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @nicola_hine to share your stories for the section.
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