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.
All their hard work paid off for four of our Cub Scouts this evening when they were presented with their Chief Scout Silver Awards by Sir Lindsey Hoyle (Chorley MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons), Steve Morton (West Lancashire Scouts County Commissioner) and Graeme Hamilton (UK Scouts Commissioner for Programme Delivery).
The Cubs were also treated to a buffet dinner and a disco with their fellow Silver Award recipients in the grand Lancastrian Suite at Chorley Town Hall.
Albany Academy was the venue the scouts chose to work on their Cooking Activity Badge and what a challenge they had. Their mission: to produce three main meals, three desserts and freshly-baked bread within 90-minutes, for Albany Master Chef Judge, Mrs Parry, to decide the winner!
On the menu was Red Thai Chicken Curry, Spaghetti Bolognese (using the Marzolini family's "secret recipe"), a vegan-friendly Sweet Chilli Stir Fry and a variety of baked breads (including garlic bread). For dessert, there were Blueberry Muffins, Flapjacks and Fruit Kebabs.
The Scouts couldn't believe how quickly the time went, the leaders couldn't believe how good the food was and Mrs Parry had the difficult task of judging who to appoint as ASJ Scout Master Chefs 2018... Team Veggie won on account of finishing on time, the presentation and taste of their dishes and the superb bread plaits they produced.
A big thank-you to Mrs Parry for letting us use your Food Technology kitchens and teaching us how to make such delicious recipes - we can't wait to try them on our next camp!
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The needs of young people have changed considerably over recent years and the social and peer group pressure on them to succeed and conform has never been greater. However, one thing that has remained constant is that all young people are individuals and they need to grow and develop at a pace that suits them in an environment that is both safe and enjoyable.
Every young person has different needs and different abilities, but by providing the right environment they will blossom.
Scouting is based on a progressive programme of skill development that gives all youngsters, no matter what ability, an opportunity to develop at their chosen speed.
As a Scout Group we are fully committed to helping each and everyone of our young people to succeed in life. To teach them to look after themselves and others. To educate them about the world around them, its beauty, its dangers, its requirements and their commitments. The overriding aim for our young people, as they developed and mature from children to adults, is to provide a sound base to help and guide them through the mire of life’s problems.
In today's society of mass media and electronic games, young people need the opportunity of something different, to have an escape from the every day types of pressures. In our experience young people still enjoy getting out and about and trying new things. They thrive on challenges both great and small. All they need is the opportunity.
By running a progressive and modern programme made up of bite sized blocks of hands on practical experiences, youngsters learn without realising. The key is to make the activities fun, varied and achievable
We have found that one of the best ways for young people to develop and learn skills is through residential experiences. Being away from the home, with their peer group, allows the youngsters a controlled degree of independence, which gives them a chance to nurture companionship and to take responsibility for their actions.
The young people acquire a diverse range of skills during residential experiences. As an example simple activities like making a meal are progressively developed over time to cover diet, health, finance, hygiene, planning and working with others. It is amazing how many stories we hear of young people going to university and being unable to cope because they cannot cook and look after themselves.
No residential experience is complete without providing fun and challenging physical activities. These have a major effect on improving mental and physical well-being. They give the young people the chance to learn team work, decision making, leadership skills, to assess risks, solve problems, and improve social and communication skills.
Even the most timid youngster thrives in this environment, increasing in self-confidence and self-esteem. This can be seen by the smiles on their faces and the requests for more.
The Group is committed to providing as many residential opportunities for our young people as possible .
Over the last few years the Group has grown and now has over 70 young people attending regularly. However, with this increase in numbers so the need for resources has increased.
Whilst it would be nice to simply buy lots of new equipment, to be prudent and maximise what can be achieved we feel that the best way forward is to spend the monies wisely on a combination of the refurbishment of existing equipment where practicable and replacement of outdated gear with modern kit.
We believe that by doing this we will be able to fulfil our promise to provide an increased number and type of fun and challenging experiences to all our young people.
Scout Group Leader
There is no greater reward than to see the smile on a young persons face when they achieve even the smallest thing that they thought they couldn't do.
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