The last twelve months have been a strange and challenging time for everybody however 1st Flintham Cubs have not let this stop them from making a smooth and organized transition to continuing their meetings, activities and badge achievements via weekly Zoom meetings. Led by the always enthusiastic Akela Tracey Davies with support from Baloo Sarah Philips and Aaron Lambert, Zoom calls were quickly up and running with a varied and exciting programme of activities including quizzes, numerous craft sessions and drawing competitions. The Cubs even managed to create and produce a fantastic Christmas Flower Arrangement which took pride of place on their families’ Christmas Day dinner tables. Add in that they’ve also manage to induct Cubs into the pack whilst on lockdown, all via Zoom.
A short interlude between lockdowns meant that the Cubs were able to meet for a few weeks in the Autumn on the Scout Field, where a socially distanced in/out system and marquee were set up. Some weekly games, a hike to the woods and a fantastic quiz all about Bees were squeezed in between but were eventually halted by the drawing in of Winter nights and the second lockdown.
No matter what life has thrown at the group this year, they have all continued enthusiastically with a smile on their faces. Indeed, a favorite game seems to have been repeatedly asked for over the last year involving Akela asking Cubs to pick a number 1 to 10, which then ties back to an activity they must quickly complete. One of these activities was to hunt down a lipstick and apply it to themselves. Much screaming and laughing has taken place with them queuing up to be the Cub with the Lipstick.
Flintham Cubs have been active in lockdown conducting remote activities and zoom meetings. Here is Eloise's poster illustrating her best memories.
Flintham Cubs attended the St George’s Day parade in Newark on Sunday
1st Flintham Scout Group were invited to take part in the Remembrance Service at Screveton Church on Sunday 12th November.
There was a good turnout of Cubs, Scouts and a few Explorers. At the service the section flags were paraded up the aisle to be placed at the altar. During the service Freya (Explorer) gave a reading and Demi-Louise & Finlay (Scouts) collected the collection from the congregation. A wreath was also laid by a Cub Scout Leader after the 2 minutes silence.
There was also enthusiastic participation by the Cubs during the vicar’s address, which was nicely aimed at the youngest in the congregation.
After the service a parade, led by the Group flags, from the church to the Screveton War Memorial. Here small named crosses were placed for each of the 11 airman that died in a mid-air collision in April 1944, together with other small crosses.
After this short ceremony, it was back to the church for some much needed refreshments and drinks.
What a great weekend away in Skegness for the Flintham cubs. We stayed at the Seascouts’ hut and enjoyed fish and chips for supper. Fantastic weather for the beach and paddling pool enjoyed by all with ice creams to finish the day. The Aquarium was amazing, all the cubs & adults found something interesting, and the divers at feeding time were so funny.
Akela & Baloo
Flintham Cub Scouts proud to be at Newark District’s St Georges Day parade
Flintham Cub Scouts took part in the national celebration which included a Promise renewal to commemorate the official registration date of the Cub Scout section in 1916. Previous Cub Scout leaders attended the evening at Flintham Village Hall where the current Cubs played games and took part in a quiz challenge.
At 7:16pm (or significantly 19:16) Flintham Cubs and Leaders joined many others throughout the country in renewing the Cub Scout promise.
Everyone then retired to the Scout Hut for drinks, hot dogs and a slice of a magnificent homemade cake.
Day trip to london
Six Flintham Explorer Scouts have achieved their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s award this year.
They took part in a two day expedition, where they had to carry all their camping, cooking, food and clothing across the Nottinghamshire countryside.
For their volunteering they gave their time to Elston and Flintham village shops, the British Heart Foundation shop, taught cricket to younger children, helped out at the eco farm at Screveton, and the Flintham Beaver colony.
They improved their physical ability in hockey, military drill, rugby union, gym fitness and cycling.
They learnt and improved their skills in singing, Taekwondo, piano, home cooking and even helped design and setup the Flintham Scout Group website.
Over the half term, eight Explorers redecorated the Scout Hut ably assisted by three parents and the Explorer leaders.
A great time was had by all as well as a job well done. Although one observer candidly pointed out – “We would have used less paint if there were not as much paint on the explorers as on the walls!”