Friday, September 17, 2010

A day in the life of .... GUY FAWKES - 17th September 2010

To my surprise, not one of the cubs knew who Guy Fawkes was! .... so it was interesting to be able to tell them a little bit about the man who wanted to blow up the Houses of Parliament!

Our Steam Release game had the cubs running around and on the blow of the whistle they had to jump up onto something higher as if a cracker had gone off!
This saw the cubs jumping up on to the camp fire benches!

Our next game had the cubs making their very own gun powder which they had to mix together very well!

Cubs in relay formation and each team had 1 stave and their tin filled with 'gunpowder'. This was then rolled forward to a specified area and back again!

It looks a lot easier that it actually it!

But most importantly, it was fun!

Next was a Scavenger Hunt and what should have happened was each Six to go from base to base and collect their 'colour coded' clue. On arrival at their next base they were to light a sparkler (take it in turns so everyone got a turn) and then move on to the next base.

Well, the cubs found it quite hard to work in a team and it was nearly impossible to light the sparklers as the wind decided to choose this day to blow - the one and only day in the whole year to blow!

But we will give Red Six 10 out of 10 for perseverence - they didn't give up!

Eventually everyone landed up back inside where they could light their sparklers and enjoy them.

Instructions saw the different levels go off for some learning....

and then it was time for another fun game ...

Cubs in a circle and named "bomb, matches, crackers, bomb, matches, crachers, bomb" etc.
Akela calls out "matches" and all the 'matches' run around and back into their spot and the first one into the centre can light the bomb!

These were very cheap smoke bombs that the cubs really enjoyed.

Safety is our first priority and we continually teaching the cubs how to strike a match correctly, never to play with matches, don't play with fire etc. ..... and our next game was "collect all the bombs"

..where the pack was divided into 2 teams. 1 cub is the keeper with 3 guards and they must try not to allow any bombs reach them..... bombs are made out of paper.
After approximately 5 minutes, count who has the least amount of bombs.

Akela thanking a Cub Instructor who has completed his 6 months with the pack.
Till next Time
Keep Cubbing
Akela Joy

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Area Cub Fun Day - 11th September 2010 - Delta Park

Approximately 270 people attended the Area Cub Fun Day held at Delta Park today.

Delta Park is the ideal spot to host these events as it is both big and beautiful!
Horses roam freely in and around the area.
Packs from all over the Gauteng Province joined together for a huge Grand Howl.
It was awesome to see so many cubs and leaders together.
Like a mini Cubaree!
Each District hosted a base where we did different activities.
The these of today was "Cubbing from Yesteryear"

We showed them how to make whirly-gigs....

...played hopscotch....
and we also had the 'wobbly boards' which were extremely popular.

Other districts had boardgames

snowflake cutting..

making paper dolls

Snakes and Ladders --- but this base was fantastic!
The leaders had actually physically made and pioneered some snakes and ladders. The cubs loved this.... they threw some huge dice and then started their journey!
Awesome idea!
Some old fashioned wares on show - box camera and an old typewriter. I am sure the cubs had never seen a typewriter before .... they only know computers!

Trying is out!

Making a floppy doll from wool.

and another popular base was the 'tops'

(oops! - apologies for the side view)

Coconut throwing

Leaders having fun!


Fun on the Wobbly Boards..

... I am not sure what this is called but one puts a stone on the one end, stands on the other and the stone shoots up waiting to be caught.
All in all a wonderful outing for both cub and parent!
Thanks to all who joined in on the fun.
Till next Time
Keep Cubbing
Akela Joy

Friday, September 10, 2010

A day in the life of a..... DETECTIVE - 10th September 2010

Our special guest today was Constable Mary and Captain Teddy!

They came to tell all cubs all about Stranger Danger and what to do in the case of an emergency!
But first, whilst we were waiting for themm to arrive large sums of gold coins were scattered around the playing field with one being covered in blood...

Of course the cubs could not wait to find all the loot..

.... and whilst Rikki was talking to them I took the opportunity to take some lovely photos...

.. so who found the blood-covered coin ...
Oh, it was me..
The police arrive and whilst they were setting up we did a few bases.

Cubs had to read very, very tiny print through a magnifying glass.

Identify items in some tins.

Decipher the hidden code.

Give a big smile..

a broad grin...
and this was handed to Captain Teddy to say thank you for being with us...

the cubs learnt a great deal about what to do in the case of a hi-jacking, or a house burglary etc.

A great time had by all...
Till next Time
keep cubbing
Akela joy