Thursday, April 30, 2015

We have a SPROUT! #BeanWatch

Last week Jack brought home a plant pot from Beavers. In it was some soil, and a bean which he had planted himself. We have been charged with caring for this bean and helping it to grow. This will go towards his Gardening Activity badge. He also needs to take photos of his bean growing, which will contribute to his Photographer Activity badge. If the Beavers manage to successfully grow their beans (they are Broad Beans so fingers crossed they will grow well) they will then harvest them and cook them! Guess which badge that will be part of... The Cook Activity!

So given how many badges this little pot of dirt is worth it has become a very precious little pot of dirt.

Jack, being Jack, has needed reminding to check on his bean on a daily basis. A plant pot with nothing showing isn't very interesting to a 7 year old with a short attention span. Me and Hubby have kept a close eye on it. I've been scared that it wouldn't grow (I don't have a good track record with plants) and handled it very very carefully, dreading being the reason Jack's bean snuffed it!

But then, suddenly, today... 11 days after they planted their beans and took them home... we have a sprout! And instantly it has become very very interesting! I've been looking up Broad Bean care to help him along with his growing too. RHS have a nice little page on growing Broad Beans with kids. I've learned as much as Jack!

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Scouts St.George's Day Parade

Our Scout group isn't linked to a church, so we don't get to do the various parades that I remember doing years and years ago as a Brownie, and I admit I am a bit sad about that. I remember feeling pride in being part of a parade, wearing full uniform and carrying our group's flag (although I never got to carry it myself).

So when we got a letter on Monday about the St. George's Day Parade today I was thrilled! Obviously St. George's Day itself has been and gone on Thursday but this is the nearest Sunday so it was all done for today.

The whole of the Lonsdale District met up by the Town Hall in Morecambe and then marched to The Winter Gardens, where some of the older Scouts / Leaders had organised a show explaining the story of St. George (with volunteers from the audience and much pantomime style fun) and why St. George is so important to the Scouting movement... He is the Patron Saint of Scouting! News to me! It was loads of fun, it was just a shame there seemed to be a problem with the sound system because there were chunks of it which those of us stood at the back (parents etc) miss completely.

After the show we trooped down the prom a little way to the area by the Midland Hotel where there where loads of activities laid on for the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, and the general public! Everything from sitting in canoes and trying rowing machines, to crawling to fake caves and potholes, to wresting in padded suits. It was fab! Jack and his buddy Luke loved the caves and wrestling best!

Miles better than my church parades with the Brownies!



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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Swimming Badges! Yay! Oh.....

Well the boys have reached the end of another block of swimming lessons. I'm starting to think that I am expecting too much of these lessons though.... During the Easter Holidays I took Jack to the sports centre's inflatable fun day in the pool and I was suddenly very very glad I only took Jack and not Tom as well because despite having allegedly completed his Ducklings badges and doing his Stage 1 he clearly cannot swim and freaks out of he is out of his depth. I would have struggled to keep two of them going.

I'm a tad annoyed that when they got their badges this time that Jack didn't get his Stage 1 badge - but only because last week I was told to pay for his Stage 2 lessons. Has he passed Stage 1 or not? And Tom got his Duckings 3 badge... for the second time! Why has he got it twice?

We were out of the pool, the kids all but dressed, and the teacher was with her next class before I realised that the badges were not what we expected. Frankly I was just impressed that they had the badges in stock this time (we waited 6 weeks for Jack's Duckings 5 badge) and that the certificates had been filled in for the first time ever.

But I wasn't charged for the badges this time, and I was for the other two awards they have.

Their new lessons start next week. It seems that they have the same teacher, just at different times now according to the stage they are at. I think I need a chat with her to find out exactly what's going on, because I am utterly confused.



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