Scouting Snapshots

Challenges galore as Scouts battle it out for top flag award

Monday, 10th July 2017, 3:32 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:43 am

On a wonderful warm and sunny day, with sunblock, hats, lots of ice cold drinks, lollies, ice cream and packed lunches, 180 youngsters from Blackpool District Cubs Section enjoyed a great competition time at Blackpool Zoo for their Annual Commissioners Flag Competition, The Pack of the Year, and District Commissioners Challenge.

This year the District Team chose the “Navigation Badge” as the theme, and provided several bases manned by the Support Adult Services Unit located on the main field near to the Ape House.

These bases included a word search, compass, map signals, and Kim’s Game (which is based on identifying missing items).

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The Zoo also provided a mystery base where the youngsters had to put their hand into one of a number of holes in a box to find out what was in it... it took courage but they all left with the fingers and hands in tack!

A great time was has by all, and each Cub will also get their “Navigation Badge” to wear on their jumper.

The winners of this year’s competition were the 4th Blackpool Cub Pack, based at the Cherwell Centre, Grange Park, and the Flag was presented by District Commissioner Victoria Da Silva.

The Pack of the Year Award is a bit like the Premiership Football League, where the winning clubs accumulate points over a season.

This year’s winners were the 45th Blackpool Cub Pack, based at St Christopher’s Church Hall.

The Assistant District Commissioner for Cub Scouts Ted Cooper, congratulated to all our fabulous Cub Scouts and their leaders.

A big thank you to the management and staff at Blackpool Zoo.

Teens at the height of exploring

Blackpool District Explorer Scouts have had the time of their lives in the Lake District recently.

Along with other Explorer Scouts from all the seven other Districts in West Lancashire, who are Chorley, South Ribble, Preston, Morecambe, Lancaster, Wyre and Fylde they met together for friendship and fun, at Great Towers National Camp Site, over looking Lake Windermere.

Joanna Hacking, Explorer Leader from Blackpool, said: “The activities that were on offer include Laser Tag, Via Ferrata, Tomahawk throwing, Crazy climb and a variety of water activities.

“They also competed in the Khemi Kaze challenge which saw them battle with mud!

Cubs get stuck into cooking sessions

Now that summer is very much with us and holidays are on the horizon, the Cub Scouts of the 44th Blackpool Scout Group, based at St John Vianney’s Parish Centre, Glastonbury Avenue, had an evening of Learning about Hygiene, Health and Safety

The Cubs were taught about washing their hand after attending the washroom, how to ensure that fresh counter food such as meats, and poultry in cooked properly and well through, particularly as it is now BBQ time, how to wash vegetables that some one else may have picked up in the loose section, and washing your hands regularly when touching any type of meats, as it is now stressed on videos in many GPs Surgeries, along with the preparation of cutting raw meats, cooked food, and the correct use of knives

At the end the Cubs created their own burgers!