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1 January 2015

2015Happy New Year Cubs!

So if this works automagically, I get my first blog post in right at the start of 2015 (in the UK!)- this looks to be a great year full of promise and adventure…. jump in with both feet, legs, body, arms… everything!

I hope you’ve been having a great break from school (or work for your parents / families) and have had lots of fun over the festive break! Ziggy, Ziggette and Ziglet had a great time out in the snow a couple of days ago with the rest of Ziggy’s family and enjoyed sledging, snowballs and just the amazing, snow-covered scenery!

Our first meeting back in 2015

is going to be a week from now on Thursday, 8th January… 7pm at Christ Church, Lofthouse as usual!

We want to start the year off as we mean to go on…

How many of you got an electronic device for Christmas? An Xbox? A Nintendo DS? An iPod (other pods are available) or some other tablet device? 🙂 I did… I got an awesome Google Chromecast – every house should have one (it may come in handy at future meetings)

scouting_sunsetDon’t get me wrong… I LOVE gadgets. But I also love old-skool things that DON’T require batteries! This is one of the things I love about Scouting… discovering the real world beyond my screen! One of my favourite, battery-less Christmas presents is a Bear Gryll’s Gerber fire starter!

In slang, “old school” or “old skool” can refer to anything that is from an earlier era or anything that may be considered “old-fashioned”. The term is commonly used to suggest a high regard for something that has been shown to have lasting value or quality.Wikipedia

Batteries Not Included

… this is the title for our first meeting together. What does this mean? Well I’d like to challenge you to bring along a simple game that you can teach the other Cubs to play. I’ll start you off… on Boxing Day, my Mum-in-law introduced me to a peg-in-the-bottle game… a beautifully simple game that my wife, Ziggette, played as a child. What do you need? Abottle (or two or three)… and pegs. Garden variety hanging-washing-out-on-a-line pegs.

Where do you fit the batteries…? you don’t!

We also played other games over Christmas… board games (I won some…. lost more); hi-tec games; and other battery-less games. Maybe you have games that don’t require any objects? Earlier this year I was (re)introduced to a game by Chil and Raksha, “I’m going to the party and I’m bringing…” – one of THE most frustrating games ever (until you learn the secret!)

What are the rules for your games?

  1. It must not require batteries… obviously!
  2. It must not have a lot of rules… the simplest games are the best
  3. No lego or board games (unless by prior agreement – get in touch!)

What will YOU bring…?

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