Yesterday was a special Kids edition of the Brooklyn Community Fair. The tables were full of games, pre-loved soft toys, cakes and other tasty treats. Pocket Money soon disappeared!
Brooklyn Scouts had a really strong presence, from Venturers through to Cubs: it was impossible to get inside the community centre without being tempted by a scout-served hot-dog, a turn on the real-life fruit machine (cubs and scouts make cheap labour), push the tyre or trampoline!
Whilst these activities make a bit of profit for the group, their main benefits are profile raising (Duane and Sue were distributing our information leaflets faster than a WWII propaganda campaign), strengthening the links between the youth, parents and local community, and getting youth involved in fundraising activities.
Jamboree – a large gathering of Scouts who rally at a national or international level
Jamboree on the Internet (JoTI) – as above, but gathering online instead of in real life [IRL]
It was 55 years ago when amateur radio enthusiasts all over the global gathered and shared stories over the airwaves. 16 years ago (1996) this virtual gathering also started using the Internet. Every year since, a virtual Jamboree has been held both on the air and on the Internet (JoTA and JoTI).
JoTI is a fantastic chance for leas, cubs, scouts and venturers to:
expand their computer communications skills
learn the “rules of the road” for social networking in a controlled environment
earn a patch!
JoTI It takes place over the October weekend 20-21st. You can login from wherever you have Internet access by yourself or with some others.
… well, through and instruction to her Lady-in-Waiting!
The Group wrote to the Her Majesty earlier in the year, to pass on its congratulations during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Part of the Scout Promise involves doing our duty to the Queen – and this was a nice way to do so.
Hopefully, we’ll get the response displayed in the Hall in Term 4.
A great end to Term 3 for the cubs – excellent instruction on ‘first response’ first aid techniques (how to make an emergency call, recovery position, victim checks) and then a visit from a fighter pilot in a pressure suit!
Big thanks to parents Sylvie and Helen who shared their skills and enthusiasm with the cubs. And to Leader Henry for adding a third skilled set of hands for the evening.