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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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Polar explorer Dwayne Fields announced as new Scout Ambassador

Posted on December 10th, 2017 by admin

We’re delighted to announce that Polar explorer Dwayne Fields has been appointed as The Scout Association’s newest Scout Ambassador.

Best known for being the first black Briton to walk to the North Pole, Dwayne is also a former Cub Scout and an advocate of the power of Scouting to help young people develop skills for life.

Born in Jamaica, Dwayne arrived in London at age six. He grew up in north and east London and was a victim of knife and gun crime, narrowly escaping a street shooting before deciding to forge a new path in life.

‘I re-evaluated who I was, I looked at what I wanted to achieve and I asked myself what would make my great grandmother proud,’ says Dwayne.

He went on to complete a combined honours degree in Psychology, International Development and Business Management and spent three years as an electrical mechanical engineer for London Underground before following his passion and raising funds to reach the North Pole.

In 2013, Dwayne was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. He hopes he can use his position to encourage more inner city young people to get out into nature: ‘Getting people outdoors brings people together and together they learn interpersonal skills, teamwork skills and planning skills. We spend so much of our lives online or immersed in our work or just segregated, that we’re losing crucial skills. Scouting can offer young people all of these skills’.

Dwayne is joining Chief Scout Bear Grylls along with the other Scout Ambassadors: Ellie Simmonds, Tim Peake, Helen Glover, Anita Rani, Steve Backshall, Megan Hine, Chris Evans, Ed Stafford and Julia Bradbury to help promote Scouting nationally.

‘I’m so proud to welcome Dwayne Fields as our newest Scout Ambassador,’ says Chief Scout Bear Grylls. ‘Dwayne has shown huge integrity, passion and commitment in all he does – all the qualities we prize so highly in Scouting. As an explorer, he has proved himself over and over again, and as a campaigner for the outdoors and young people, he understands the transformative power of adventure. A former Cub Scout, Dwayne believes in how Scouting’s can give young people of every background confidence and belief in themselves while helping them develop skills for life. Welcome on board, Dwayne, you’re such a valued member of our Scouting family.’

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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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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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Wolf Pack Explorers griddle up some scones

Posted on November 7th, 2017 by admin

At their regular meeting at Mullin ny Carty the Explorers of the ‘Wolf Pack’ practiced their culinary skills using three different griddle and drop scone recipes. This also gave them the opportunity to try out their latest piece of kit namely the griddle.

This was salvaged from a discarded three layer tea trolley. The top shelf was cut of just above the second tray level giving (once cleaned) a cooking griddle on legs. Being stainless steel it is easy to keep clean and will not rust. It will, no doubt prove useful in the future to cook bacon, eggs, burgers etc.

 

Have any other Scouts on the Island got a piece of kit improvised from something else? Why not send in a photograph and tell us what it is?

 

 

Point to ponder: Never build a fire directly on top of or inside a concrete surface or structure.

Why? Concrete when mixed has air pockets in it. So, when heated by your fire the hot air expands which can make the concrete explode!

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One giant leap for Scouting…

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 by admin

We thought you’d like to be the first to know that we’re announcing European Space Agency Astronaut, Major Tim Peake as a Scout Ambassador today. Best known for spending 186 days on the International Space Station and running a marathon in space, he is also a former Cub Scout and an advocate of the power of Scouting to help young people develop skills for life. The announcement is a great opportunity to raise the profile of Scouting – so please share our social media content far and wide!

 

This announcement comes ahead of World Space Week (4 – 10 October), and we will also be launching new resources for leaders to use with their section from the UK Space Agency during the week. More details will be available in Friday’s Scouting+.

 

Kind regards,

Tim Kidd

UK Chief Commissioner

Matt Hyde

Chief Executive

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Wolf Pack – Southern Explorers go golfing

Posted on September 30th, 2017 by admin

 

Recently the ‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers back at Mullin ny Carty for their first regular meeting after the Summer break.

After flag break the first order of business was (with a few suggestions from ESL Roger) to work out their own programme for the following 6 weeks. This was done outside to allow Roger assisted by Kevin Bott to set up an indoor 6 hole ‘Crazy Golf’ course.

 

 

Three teams battled it out at the first ‘MNC Open’. The final result being worked out by averaging the three team members scores.

The conclusion? “Next time, we use real golf balls.” Using ping pong balls  made each hole a par 47 on average as they went everywhere!

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Isle of Man ‘End to End’ mountain bike race

Posted on September 30th, 2017 by admin

On Sunday 9th. September the Scouts of the ‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers ran a watering point near Eary Cushlin to assist the riders taking part in the ‘End to End’ mountain bike race.

In the wind swept car park they first had to erect the shelter which ended up being lashed to the wooden bollards at the edge of the car park to stop it being blown away.

They then distributed water, juice, power bars and jaffa cakes to the riders as they came by.

Some of the riders who did not want to stop

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