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Cubs learn to spot Hazards with the Home Safety Badge

20 November 2014

Hazards were everywhere tonight at Cubs! Well “safe hazards” 🙂

We started off the evening with each Six given a topic to think about and make some notes on – causes of, what could be affected by and how they could be avoided. The topics were a burst water pipe, gas leak, electricity failure and fire!

The overiding message of the evening was that the Cubs shouldn’t attempt to deal with any of these issues directly themselves, but to call an adult and know how to keep safe!

The Cubs came up with some good ideas in their short brainstorming start to the evening then presented them to the pack

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Using some tealights and jam jars I demonstrated how the candle was put out and we discussed why it went out due to the lack of oxygen – one of the Cub group had talked about the “Fire Triangle” earlier.

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We then got on to talking about point 3 of the badge requirements:

Be able to identify the common causes of accidents in the home and how they can be prevented.Home Safety Badge, The Scout Association

At this point we split the Pack into two groups – one group stayed with me and did Activity 4b from the excellent Activity resource pack prepared with the National Grid.

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The other group went with other leaders to see if they could spot “hazards” that I’d setup in our meetingplace (and any others that I hadn’t!). This part also covers a requirement from the Community Global Challenge badge 🙂

I’d put out some trailing cables, left pans with their handles hanging over the edge of the cooker, etc.

Awards: Quite a number of badges to give out tonight. Ewan S received was promoted to Seconder and also got his Hikes Away 2 badge. Ben S, Elliot F, Harry A, Imogen S and Amelia N also reived their Hikes Away 2 badges. Thomas W received his Hikes Away FIVE badge – well done Thomas 🙂 Louis G got his Collectors badge from showing his WWE collection the previous week; Louis M got his Sports Enthusiast badge and Peter H got his Global Challenge badge. Well done Peter!

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