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Deciphering communications

15 January 2015

Tonight at Cubs we started on the Communicator Activity Badge.

We briefly talked about public telephones after I’d driven around for a little while to find the nearest one to our meeting place. Turns out that that one doesn’t take cash anymore, just credit / debit cards (which the Cubs are unlikely to have!), prepaid cards (they could have these but unlikely) or dial 100 to place a reverse charge call.

Then Sara “Oo” took the Cubs through a brief review of making an emergency call which had covered before Christmas in the Home Safety Badge work.

For the next badge requirement (3)…

Receive directions or instructions to do something. Check with the information provider that you have understood and then followed the directions or instructions.Communicator Activity Badge

ShapesGame… we played a game from scoutingbadgeshelp.com whereby a Cub was given a shape and then had to try and direct the rest of the pack into making that shape without moving the other Cubs physically and without saying the name of the shape 🙂 Not as easy as it sounds if the Cubs you’re trying to direct are not paying attention!

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We broke the evening up then by playing a brief game of North, South, East and West which is always a favourite to burn off that restless energy!

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We mostly covered one more requirement – “Write and decipher three simple messages using codes, ciphers, invisible ink, or semaphore.” – again I used a resource from scoutingbadgeshelp.com to give the Cubs a code and then cipher to work it out which, once they got started they seemed to enjoy!

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To finish the night off we had a quick-fire 2 minute game of Dodgeball Cubs v Scouts… we decided this one was a draw as there was roughly equal numbers remaining on each team at full time!

Awards: We finished this meeting with Ameila N giving a little presentation to the Pack for her Information Technology 1 Staged Activity Badge and her Collectors badge – well done Ameila.

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