Shiver me timbers! Beaver Scouts across the Vale unite for lockdown pirate-themed fun
Beaver Scouts took to the high seas for a pirate-tastic stop at home event - ensuring they don't miss out on Beaver life while in lockdown.
Nearly 160 Beaver Scouts and volunteers from Aylesbury, Princes Risborough, Wendover and the surrounding area were amongst 740 who participated in Buckinghamshire Scouts' The Great Pirate [email protected] last weekend.
The fun event was broadcast live over Bucks Scout Radio so anyone not taking part could also capture a slice of the action.
The event started at noon on Saturday and ran until 10.30am on Sunday. The rain and hail on the Saturday afternoon made the theme of the weekend somewhat more realistic.
Children were given a task every hour throughout the time of the event. These included making a pirate hat, eye patch and a pirate boat.
They were encouraged to get their parents or carers to share pictures and videos of the boats floating in the bath, sink, basin or paddling pool.
The children were also encouraged to make an obstacle course in either their garden or house and to “walk the plank”.
Other activities over the weekend included making a passport, making up a pirate name, cooking, a scavenger hunt, building a den, take part in quizzes, making a message and putting it into a bottle and finally having a campfire.
Henry Sinclair aged seven said, “I really enjoyed all of the activities.
"The best bit about camp was dressing up as a pirate all day, making a boat, walking the plank, having a camp fire and sleeping in a den.
"The best thing about being a Beaver is I get to see my friends, do lots of fun things like going hiking, building dens in the woods, playing games and earning badges.
"I have 19 badges so far.”
Tessa Ingram, lead volunteer for Beaver Scouts across Buckinghamshire said, “It was great to see so many Beaver Scouts participating in the event. We know that lots of parents/carers and siblings also joined in the event and we’re pretty sure that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the weekend.
"It was great to see families having so much fun. We provided ideas of how to make particular items and they could do them when they wanted to. We also had lots of sessions on Bucks Scout Radio where the children could share what they had made.
"Many of the children built dens in their lounge or bedroom and then slept in them overnight. At this time of year many of the Beavers would be camping or on a sleepover. We therefore wanted to provide them with something they would all enjoy.”
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