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‘Wolf Pack’ at work

Posted on February 25th, 2018 by admin

At the ‘Wolf’s Lair’ at Mullin y Carty the pack practicing their Trangia cooking skills in preparation for the forthcoming camping season and taking part in their favourite activity namely, eating! Some of the newer members had never had to assemble a Trangia & gas conversion before so it was a learning curve for them and a refresher for the rest.

I am pleased to report that the pancakes came out well.

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North West Region Scavenger Hunt

Posted on February 15th, 2018 by admin

The NW Region Scouts Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, 13th May in Liverpool. It is open to Cubs, Scouts & Explorers.

Right now, around 85 million people around the world have been made homeless through natural disaster and conflict.  ShelterBox works to change this. By providing emergency shelter and tools for families who have lost their homes as a result of disaster, they’re transforming despair into hope.

Who’s it for?

The North West ShelterBox Scavenger Hunt is open to teams of six Cubs, six Scouts or six Explorer Scouts. All Cub and Scout teams must be accompanied by a responsible adult, Explorer Scout teams may be accompanied or supervised remotely (the leader must be in the vicinity and in contact with the team). This promises to be a popular event and is available on a first come first served basis.

Event Information

The event will take place on Sunday 13th May 2018. Registration will open at 09:30 and teams will start the Scavenger Hunt from 10:00. All teams are expected to return by 15:30 and the event will close at 16:00.

Each team will be charged an entry fee of £25.00 which will cover the costs of hiring venues and purchasing the equipment required to run the event safely and successfully.

The event will take place on the streets of Liverpool City centre, starting and finishing at the Black-E centre located at just downhill of the Anglican Cathedral, on Great George Street, Liverpool
L1 5EW, approximately 5 minutes walk from the city centre and next to the Chinatown gateway.

For More Information

Download the 2018 Flyer

Visit the event’s website for information and to register your team


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AIC Explorers visits the ‘Wolf Pack’.

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 by admin

The Assistant Island Commissioner (Explorers), Steve White, was welcomed to the lair of the ‘Wolf Pack – Southern Explorers at Mullin ny Carty on Monday evening.

During his visit he presented ‘Messenger of Peace’ badges to Izzy S. and Rhys E. for their participation in the Bethlehem Peace Light project. The Messenger of Peace badge was originated by the Boy Scouts of America and is open to Scouts worldwide.

After the presentations the Explorers did their programme work of designing and fabricating their own woggles. ESL Roger has put up a prize for the best effort and the competition will be judged in March.

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The ‘Wolf Pack’ go Scandinavian

Posted on December 17th, 2017 by admin

This type of ‘cooker’ has been used in Scandinavia since time immemorial, and is an alternative to other forms of camp cooking over a conventional type of fire.

Although seeming relatively simple fuel economical way of cooking/heating water it does require an understanding of the fire triangle of ‘oxygen, fuel and flame’.

In the Scandinavian countries the predominant wood is, of course pine trees. Pine being a very resinous wood will burn whether seasoned or fresh cut. Other woods need to be seasoned to work well.

Lessons learned:
Communication and team work, who is doing what and when is essential.
Ensure your log is round enough to sit your kettle/pan on.
Make sure the base of the log is secure (you don’t want to spill your stew!)
Make the cross-cut deep and wide enough to allow air circulation.
Prepare your fuel before lighting anything.

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Can the ‘Wolf Pack’ Southern Explorers light a fire?

Posted on December 9th, 2017 by admin

A dark and damp Monday evening found the Explorers of the “Wolf Pack” facing an outdoor challenge.

Having been warned to dress for the weather and bring a knife and torch they were paired up then given a paper bag which contained the following:

  1. A cotton wool ball
  2. One stick of dry wood
  3. A box of matches with only five matches in
  4. Two individual sachets of hot chocolate
  5. Two polystyrene cups
  6. Two small plastic spoons
  7. Two empty bean tins

They then had to go into the darkness and get a fire going and make a hot drink. Simple? But not as easy as you might think.

Object of the activity: To demonstrate how difficult it can be to get a fire going when conditions are not perfect and to give an idea as to what extra kit to pack on expedition.

  1. Lessons learned:
  2. That in ‘the wild’ one member of the group should carry a small axe
  3. Another member should carry a lightweight ‘tarp’ to rig a shelter
  4. Also having a film container with a fire lighter in it or candle stub would help damp wood to get going
  5. Depending on the weather, the amount of time required to set up camp + fire before night fall should be extended

The use of natural fire enhances such as pine resin was also discussed. All in all quite a few lessons were learned.

Find more photos in the photo gallery here.

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‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers prepare for Remembrance Sunday

Posted on November 18th, 2017 by admin

At the conclusion of their regular Monday meeting at Mullin ny Cartey the Explorers, after enjoying the challenge of the traverse wall, took a moment to reflect on the upcoming Remembrance Sunday parade and what it means.

Trying to comprehend the sheer number of people who lost their lives during two world wars is very hard to do so we concentrated on those who returned from war physically damaged.

This was accomplished by the Explorers having to do a seemingly easy task of making a jam sandwich and finding an individual item in a ‘box of oddments’.

However, if you had lost an arm or your eye sight, life becomes more complicated. For example, taking a lid off the jam, undoing a bread bag, peeling the foil top off the butter.

As these disabilities are not only confined to victims of war it brought home how very lucky the majority of us are in having all our faculties, and how grateful we should be to those who over the years have put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf.

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Annual Kayak Polo Competition a great success

Posted on November 7th, 2017 by admin

On Sunday, 15th October, 15 teams competed in this year’s Annual Kayak Polo at Western Swimming Pool in Peel. Each team of 4, controlling their kayaks without the benefit of a paddle, using only their hands.

The competition this year was the most successful in its history with about 60 Scouts and Explorers for around the island.

Thanks to Ash and his team for a great afternoon. Everyone had a fantastic time.

For more photos check out the events photo gallery.

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