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After a one year intermission Summer Family Camp is back, in the beautiful surroundings of Waddecar, on the weekend of 7th - 9th June 2019. This year, as always, it'll be an action-packed weekend for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and all of the family.
We love to have families join us on camp but if camping's not your thing there will be lots of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts camping with their friends.
If you're interested then please read the FAQs document below on Scribd or, alternatively, you can download it as a pdf...
Here's some photos from the last family camp, which was held in July 2017 at the Waddecar Scout Activity Centre...
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The Cubs did a fantastic job tonight patching up their patients and learning First Aid skills... the "blood" didn't put them off eating their pancakes either!
Well done to James who was awarded his Chief Scout Silver Badge tonight and welcome to Amelia and Flynn who were invested as Cub Scouts!
This year we decided to do something different in order to achieve the Astronomer Activity badge and so on a very cold Friday evening we set off to the University of Central Lancashire's Alston Observatory. In what felt like the middle of nowhere was the impressive Alston Observatory Visitors' Centre flanked by two Observatory domes and Jordan and Omar, two Astronomy PhD students, outside waiting to greet us.
The Cubs were first taken into the Planetarium and given an overview of the history of the universe by Jordan and the main features of the observable universe. Jordan and Omar were really impressed with some of the questions they were asked and the Cubs' knowledge of Astronomy.
Our next stop was to see the 15-inch Grubb-manufactured Wilfred Hall Telescope, which was built in 1894 but despite its size Omar explained why it's only as powerful as one of the much smaller modern-day mirror telescopes. We were then taken to the second observatory dome which houses, by contrast, the state-of-the-art 0.7m Planewave CDK700 Telescope. This telescope was named the Moses Holden Telescope in honour of the local Astronomer Moses Holden. The Moses Holden telescope is the most modern telescope available in the UK and is used for both teaching and public outreach. Despite being operational for just over a year, the telescope has already distinguished itself by imaging planets, nebulae in the Milky Way, distant galaxies and even confirming the presence of a planet orbiting a nearby star! Please scroll down to see a video of the telescope in action...
Our visit was finished off back in the warmth of the Planetarium, with Omar and Jordan taking us on a virtual journey of the galaxy. We learned all about the constellations which are visible in the night sky and the Greek mythology behind some of their names.
A big thank you to Jordan and Omar at UCLAN for such an amazing evening - you definitely inspired some budding Astronomers at the ASJ Scout Group!
First Aid saves lives and our Beavers had a great time learning skills for their First Aid Stage One badge. The Beavers rotated around three bases, dealing with major and minor cuts, unconscious patients and doing a 999 emergency role play.
Meanwhile, the ASJ Cubs are working on their First Aid Stage Two badge and will be visiting the new LIFE Centre at Chorley Hospital in March. The Our World Badge requires the Cubs to learn about community services around them and where better than the new state of the art facility at Chorley Hospital?
LIFE is a facility that has been purpose built to inspire NHS careers and support health and well-being in people aged 5 years and upwards. The facility has been designed to include practical based teaching but also includes state of the art VR and AV technology.
The Centre includes:
- A simulated ward;
- A simulated A&E Department;
- An interactive classroom; and
- A Virtual Reality Cinema.
See their website for more details:
Environmental Conservation is one of the biggest challenges facing our planet and for the last couple of weeks the ASJ Cubs! Last week the Cubs learned all about pollution and how the lifestyle choices we make can have a dramatic impact on our environment and the wildlife who share it with us. The Cubs learned how how long it takes for different types of waste to biodegrade (or not) and are carrying out experiments to see if the facts they read are borne out in the "ASJ Laboratory".
The Cubs also took on several projects to make a positive impact on our local environment: a week-long challenge to keep a recycling diary, two projects to recycle plastic bottles to make bird feeders and dog poop bag dispensers and a local litter pick. Last night the Cubs donned their warmest coats and wooly hats to install the poop bag dispensers around our village and collected several bin bags full of rubbish.
A big well done to the Cubs for all their hard work and thank you to Nicola for organising all of the games, activities and challenges.
Next week we look to the skies and our budding Environmentalists will become Astronomers at UCLan's Alston Observatory :)
A huge thank-you to everyone who supported our application for an Aviva Community Fund Grant, we have been informed that we have been successful in securing £1,000 funding! This money will make a big difference for us and will enable us to purchase much needed equipment for our young people.
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