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Pioneering night – building stretchers

23 January 2014

It was a flying start to the evening (see news post EIGHT investments in one evening) in which our very own Bagheera (Assistant Cub Scout Leader) finally got his long-awaited investment!

It was then also his turn to run the evening and to take the Cubs through a Creative Challenge requirement – “Making something using pioneering skills” (as noted on the Planner)

Bagheera planned to use the Group’s Pioneering sticks and plentiful supply of rope / twine to show the Pack how to create a stretcher using four sticks. Akela helped to remind the Cubs (and Ziggy!) how to tie a Clove hitch knot which was the basis then for tying two of the sticks together at right-angles as shown below:

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Once they (in their Sixes) had created their stretcher, the Cubs first practices with a weight (a packed up tent) to check that their knots would hold. They had to walk the length of the hall carrying the tent without dropping it and turning around, etc.

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After successfully completing this excercise which all the Cubs really entered into and enjoyed, Chil, the Group Scout Leader then got involved and took the Cubs through a beautifully simple game which was a whole lot of fun!

The Pack formed a circle, then holding a stick each vertically, then had to, on Chil’s command, let go of the stick, and grap the stick next to them (with the same hand). It was great fun…

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All in all a busy and FUN evening, epitomising the Scout’s…. Everyday Adventure!

Awards: Sammy R was promoted to Seconder in Blue Six! Congratulations Sammy 🙂

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