The Scouts from both troops have been trying their hands at Sales, Marketing and Product Development…
They took part in an Apprentice-style challenge to design a new flavour of crisps, to develop it, and market it to the rest of the troop.
Finally, Sir Jason and Sir Emily Sugar made their final pronouncements and decided on winners.
We are not sure that we have found the Next Big Thing, but we did come to the conclusion that cinnamon flavoured crisps aren’t as unpleasant as they sound, and hot-chocolate powder doesn’t go with anything, and definitely not Cajun seasoning…
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Scouts from the 4th (St John’s), 9th (Seal) and 15th (Otford) went on a night-hike on Friday.
45 Scouts in seven separate groups spent the evening walking the footpaths of Otford and Shoreham on a night-time navigation exercise. Despite the weather trying its best to discourage everyone, they all set early on Friday evening.
Scout teams walked one of two courses, and each course could be clockwise or anti-clockwise, and with or without a leader. We also had a secondary start point at Shoreham Station to give us some more capacity
The main course included Otford, Romney Street, Shoreham. The other one was a little flatter that missed out Romney Street but went further towards Farningham.
All of the navigation was done by the scouts, although the groups with leaders did have someone on hand to make sure decisions were actually being taken an scouts weren’t ‘just following the path’.
The scouts did really well. All the groups finished, although we did have a couple mid-course retirements and one of our (unaccompanied) groups showed itself to be ‘navigationally challenged’ (compare to the actual routes at the top of the post). In the end they walked further than anyone else!
Some of our scouts had a mid-hike sing-song
The night finished with a hot-dog (or two), a mug of hot chocolate and a cookie before bed. 🌭☕🍪🛌💤
We entered the Monopoly Run for the 5th time this year, this time managing to enter seven teams (with help from Seal Scouts).
The Monopoly Run brings the board game to life as teams of scouts race around the streets of London, trying to be the first in their game to reach a specific location for each square of the Monopoly board. For example, the Jail square corresponds to The Clink prison museum on the South Bank and the location for Regent Street was Hamleys toy shop.
Chapman and Swift Troops both went hiking for chips this week.
They started from Old Soar Manor, close to Plaxtol Spout and hiked north, roughly following the River Bourne
The walk on Tuesday was difficult, early delays in leaving together with fog and rain turned it into a bit of a slog, however on Friday the weather was fantastic, with clear sky, full moon and slightly frosty underfoot. Scouts walked in small groups doing their own navigation with everyone getting to the chip shop on time and some even (deliberately) choosing more adventurous routes!
Both scout troops have been away on Christmas Camp, which was held at Waylands Scout Camp nr South Street.
We tried out two battery powered spit-roasts which we fitted to our altar fires for the first time. We gave them a work out with Turkey for the Christmas dinner on Saturday and roast pork in a bun on Sunday.
Apart from eating we managed to fit in some seasonal activities
Rope swing making
Christmas tree making
We also managed to invest two new scouts! but we forgot to take photos
The scouts held their Scouting Winter Olympics last night.
– Biathlon (more of a jog followed by a high speed bit of air rifle shooting)
– Ice hockey (we finally made use of the indoor hockey set we got from Activekids )
– Toboggan (put it this way, the pushing phase went on for 99% of the time)
– Curling – with scout sized curling stones … 🙂
Providing fun and adventure for boys and girls 4 years old and up.