Take twenty-four extremely enthusiastic Cubs, throw in a selection of hammers, screwdrivers, hacksaws and even the odd power tool and its enough to make even the hardiest of leaders come over slightly queasy!
Yes, for some crazy reason we decided to spend the Autumn term tackling the DIY badge, and I’m delighted to announce the pack incredibly managed to achieved this with all fingers and toes intact.
They learnt how to safely operate a wide range of tools, and really loved getting stuck in hammering, sanding, drilling and sawing. They then took their new found skills and each produced a handmade wooden photo frame to present to their parents for Christmas.
So now they just needed a photo to put inside the frame . The rest of the term was spent finding their inner David Bailey as the Cubs earnt their Photography Badge. They tried their hand at stop animation, landscape and portrait photography.
But its not all badge work , there’s plenty of play at 1st Shenley – from raucaous team indoor team games to run outs in the woods.
We also enjoyed a brilliant outing to XC where the Cubs tested their limits on the dizzy heights of high ropes and really challenged themselves in the dark depths of the caving area.
The Cubs love playing their part in the Shenley community, and we had a brilliant day fundraising at the fabulous Shenley Apple Day.
The group were very proud to run their own Apple Pop Bar selling sticky sweet apple treats and got the crowds lining up to have a go at the Apple Shy.
That sense of pride and duty was clearly displayed at the Remembrance Day Parade. The Cubs wrote their own prayers and readings for the ceremony and then marched from St Martin’s Church to the War memorial where they laid their own beautiful hand-crafted wreath – made utilising those new found DIY skills!
No term at Cubs would be complete without a campfire though – so we did it in style with an epic 15ft high roaring inferno as we celebrated Bonfire Night. The Cubs made their own Guys to add to the pyre and finished a brilliant night with campfire songs and hot chocolate.
This term promises to offer new challenges and experiences for the Cubs as we tackle the Teamwork and Cycling Badge and get involved helping local homeless charities. There are also plenty of District activities to get stuck into from gaining new skills at the Bushcraft and Navigator Days to flying the flag for Shenley once more as we attempt to retain the District 6-a-side Football Trophy – Go 1st Shenley!