Friday, January 25, 2008

Fear Factor - 25 January 2008

Our bunch of angels! .... but they did not know what was in store for them!
Our first game - a steam release game - was one where horrific and fearful pictures were scattered around the area. These were cut in half. The Pack was divided up into pairs and and handed one picture. They then had to go and search for the missing half. First one back to "face their fear" won a reward.

Nishlan and Mitch found their matching pieces!

Straight into Instruction and here we have a New Chum learning all about Baden-Powell.

Our Lions did their knotting.

We have 2 Cubs who are doing their Leaping Wolf Advancement at the moment and they learnt about the Outdoor Code

Our Leopards practised their skipping and climbed the lovely trees we have in the grounds of the Scout Hall.

We blindfolded all the cubs and set the scene.
Roger had not been lucky enough to go on holiday this year. All his friends had left him behind and he was home alone. His mom and dad had gone out to play bridge and he sat reading by the lamp light. It was 9pm and everyone and everything in the neighbourhood was still.
Roger decided a walk would be good - a walk to the graveyard. Crreeaaakk, went the big wrought iron gate, as he gently opened it. Roger's heart was beating so hard he thought someone was banging on his head! He was so frightening but he carried on walking. He could see all the gravestones, tall and white.
A black cat darted across his path - Roger let out a scream "Heeeellllppp" This was so exciting for Roger and he moved gingerly on. He heard an owl hoot way up above in the trees and as he took his next step, he felt himself falling. Roger had fallen into an open grave!
"Oh no" screamed Roger " this grave still has a body in it - get me out here"
(As you are telling the story, different body parts are passed aroung for the cubs to feel)
Roger gently sat up and in doing so, felt a bone or two. (use any meat bone that has been cleaned thoroughly). "Oh how gross" Roger said. As he moved around to get a better understanding of where he was, he felt something stringy and wet - oh no! it was the dead man's brains (cooked spaghetti).. Roger did not know what to do and while trying to push the brains back into the man's head he could feel the eyes popping out of the mans head!
(grapes covered with vaseline).
What was he going to do?

Brains and eyeballs!

We then had 4 bases with different disgusting items that the Teams had to eat. "Bones" were awarded to everyone who managed to eat the item.
This is baby poo in a nappy!

Some of the cubs did not mind eating the poo ! (peanut butter)

Fancy Lemons Slices...
We also had a base of slimy worms - these looked absolutely disgusting but actually were long pieces of cooked spaghetti which had been coloured in red and black!

..... while Roger was sitting thinking in the grave that he had fallen into, he realised that he was suddenly starving. What was he going to eat? ...... any suggestions?
Roger found something rather delicious - a bunch of broken fingers which he sat back and enjoyed!
I managed to get a few from Roger and the Cubs seemed to enjoy them as well!

Recipe for Bunch of Broken Fingers
125g margerine
125 g sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 1/4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking power
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Mix together the margerine, sugar and egg. Add the vanilla essence. Gently add in the flour, little bit at a time together with the baking power and salt. The mixture must be quite firm. Put in the fridge for about 30 minutes or more.
Take a bit of dough and roll into a finger shape. Put an almond in for a nail and shape the finger as seen in the picture. Use a knife to make indents for wrinkles.
Cook at 170 degrees for about 25 minutes or until brown.
You can add red food colouring for "blood"
This makes a rather delicious, sweet and crisp biscuit!
Till next Time
Keep Cubbing
Akela Joy

Friday, January 18, 2008


Most of our cubs returned after the private school holidays and we were almost back to a full house! Our theme this week was "a bit of magic" - it had rained the entire day and when we opened it was still raining. Just as we stepped outside, it stopped - so that in itself was "a bit of magic!"

Our first game - Disappearing Balls - had the cubs running around a bit! A whole lot of paper balls were scattered about the field. The cubs had to collect the paper balls and place them into the bucket but one cub was nominated to empty the bucket instead of putting balls into the bucket! This was quite hilarious as the cubs did not catch on at first.
After completing our Instruction for the relevant Advancement Groups we progressed onto our Magic Bottles! The cubs thoroughly enjoyed making their own "flying balloon" and were intrigued as to how it actually worked.

Cubs helping each other...

Having fun....

.... and what it is all about!

And of course what would magic be without a magic wand!

Each Cub made and decorated their own wand to take home....

Shavanah and Nishlan showing off their beautiful and enchanting wands.
Next week, if you dare, join us for Fear Factor!
Till then
Keep Cubbing
Akela Joy

Friday, January 11, 2008

A is for Adventure!

Cubs was back in full swing today and we started our meeting off with some "adventure warm ups". Cubs had to blow up a balloon and tie it to one of their legs. On the blow of the whistle they had to run around whilst the other cubs tried to pop their balloons!
Cubs love any game involving balloons!
Trying to avoid being caught!

Down to the last 2 cubs!

During our Instruction Time, the Lion Cubs learnt a little bit on repairs and here Rikki is showing them how to repair a leaking tap.
The Leopards learnt about the importance of the Outdoor Code whilst the Leaping Wolf Cubs did Street Maps.
Whilst on our wild adventure travelling throught the jungles of India we came across a herd of elephants and in true cub fashion had to imitate them! Here the cubs are doing the elephant walk.

Walking through the mangrove was not easy and the cubs had to climb through branches and shrubs to get to the amazing waterfall they had heard all about.

The waterfall was truly amazing - splashing water everywhere but at the bottom it cascaded down forming a unique whirlpool which the cubs had to navigate to ensure their path further along in the jungle.
They could hear Chil the Kite high up in the sky, calling to them..... and in reply all the cubs had to climb a suspended tyre in order to ring a bell in answer.
It was now getting dangerous. As they approached the river, they could see the crocodiles lazing in the sun. The cubs knew they had to make a dash for the other side..... and this is just what they did!

Nearly home at last..... they only had to negotiate the Black Hills and they would be out of the jungle and back with Akela in the Den.
The cubs enjoyed this obstacle course so much that they begged us to do it again!

Our next fun adventure was a Treasure Hunt. Pictures were placed at stategic spots and cubs had to first of all find the picture, think where it was and go off and look if there was another picture there. Missing out one picture would cause disaster as they would then be out of sync and they would not be able to find the treasure chest.

Our first team to find the treasure chest of sweets!

Our next team to find their treasure chest.
Well done to both teams.
Next week we plan to have just as much fun! Do join us then!
Keep Cubbing
Akela Joy

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Cub Starts Soon

Loads of Fun and Adventure!
Just a reminder that Cub Scouts starts again on Friday 11th January at 9th Benoni Bambanani from 3:45pm to 5:30pm.
Hoping to see you all there - where we have loads and loads of adventure and fun.
For me information email me!
Till next Time
Keep Cubbing
Akela Joy