We were one of six groups there for the sleepover, all of them Cubs and Brownies, and we had a busy evening, taking in a visit to their All About Me gallery, and time to play in the Town Square, including the all-important visit to the shop! We also saw two shows - From the Chew to the Poo, which was just the right sort of disgusting to fascinate the Cubs, and Professor Pumpernickel’s show, where Freya took a (small) starring role, holding the tube for the flame-thrower. It was a full-on evening, proved by the fact that for the first time ever on a sleepover we all actually slept - people had to be woken up when the lights went on at seven! We needed 4 adults for this one, so Eleanor (older sister of one of our Scouts) and Danny (older brother of one of the Cubs), came along to help out, since they both had the necessary Scouting DBS - the new(ish) name for the old CRB.
In addition to this support from others outside our regular group of helpers, we were also happy to welcome two members of the Saddleworth Photography Group along to two of our Scouts’ evenings, where they and Jude helped our Scouts learn the skills necessary to achieve their Photographer Badge. Our second evening involved a dark, muddy walk to the Butterhouse tunnel in Diggle where they learned about take long exposure pictures in the dark, and we played about with lights and sparklers to get different effects. We are looking forward to going through the pictures next term, and selecting some for an exhibition, so we can show them to you too.
Our last meeting of term saw a badge presentation for the Cubs and Scouts, and a very special presentation by our District Commissioner who came to give Freya her Queen’s Scout Award. We were delighted that Barry and Anne from the Oldham Explorer Unit, and a couple of Explorers who weren’t busy being Young Leaders elsewhere, came along to the presentation too. The other focus of this meeting was to try to put together a plan for how we cover the weeks in June when Freya has her A levels, and won’t be there. It was a very promising meeting, and we’ll be putting the programme plan together for all the sections over the next couple of weeks. It’s not too late, if you think you might like to be involved, and we’ll be holding a planning meeting on April 18th, before our sections all return on the 25th, ready for a busy summer.