We started this term asking the Cubs which badges they would like to work towards both during our sessions and as part of “Badges at Home”, which was a great success for us last term.
We’ve compiled an ambitious list, starting out with the Communicator and Chef badges!
It may seem a little strange working on the Communicator badge when all our sessions at the moment are digital, but it’s proven to be very useful and a great example of how the “skills for life” that Scouting aims to teach young people really do have real world applications. As well as proving their skills as digital communicators with emails, phone calls, and (of course!) Zoom sessions the Cubs have also been learning some Makaton and British Sign Language and figuring out the best way to pass on a complicated message like a set of directions.
For the Chef badge we’ve started studying food groups and learning some fantastic food facts (mostly from the Cubs themselves!). Next week we’ll be baking some remote cookies, probably our most ambitious online session yet… good luck Chef Nick!
Amongst all this we’ve also been playing games and hearing lots from the Cubs about what they are up to now that they are back to school. We’ve discovered some new favourite games and we’re finding ways to bring some of our old favourites into the digital world as well. Scavenger hunts, in particular, seem to be very popular!
And, speaking of scavenging, we’ll also be working towards the Entertainer badge in the coming weeks with the formation of the Cardiff 61st Cubs Skiffle Band! Have your washboards, pots and pans, milk bottles, anything else that makes a noise, and cotton wool at the ready! (The first four are instruments, the cotton wool is to pop in your ears).
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the Cubs who have dived back into online Scouting full of enthusiasm and energy and we’re looking forward to more fun nights in the future.