30th Abingdon Beavers took part in Parliament Week on the 15 November.
The meeting hall was set up like Westminster. Abingdon Town Councillor, Samantha Bowring talked with the Beavers about why and how local and national decisions are taken and how she was inspired to become a Councillor to help improve the local parks.
The Beavers formed their own opinions on subjects, such as whether school uniform was a good idea or if voting should be compulsory. They then came up with ideas for the Beaver meeting the week after.
Three ideas were voted on using real voting booths and a ballot box, with the Beavers having to put a cross on the chosen activity. Sledging in the dark won the ballot but we also gained lots of program ideas for next term.
The Beavers went grass sledging in the dark the week after Parliament Week, with the sledges lit up with fairy lights and had great fun.
From the 2nd to the 4th September 2016, beavers, cubs and scouts from 30th Abingdon, and their families, camped at 1st Goring Heath Scout HQ for the group’s annual family camp.
Friday evening was mostly pitching tents and hammocks, and getting everything set up. After breakfast on Saturday, everyone split into teams and hiked down to 1st Goring HQ. Teams used either a northern or southern route.
The northern route:
The southern route:
Once at 1st Goring, the beavers, cubs, scouts and explorer scouts took part in climbing and everyone took part in the other activities: fire lighting, giant marble run, first aid, craft activities and circus skills. We invested Tom as a scout while on the climbing wall.
We stayed at 1st Goring until late afternoon when the teams hiked back to 1st Goring Heath using whichever route they did not use in the morning. The hike back was very wet with torrential rain and streams running down the paths; it was certainly a walk to remember!
Sunday morning involved more activities: sucker archery, slack lining, map making, pioneering, water rockets and more fire lighting. The young persons and their families were free to choose which activities they wished to join in with. The fire that resulted from the fire lighting was used to toast marshmallows after lunch before we all packed up and went home.
Beavers, cubs and scouts from 30th Abingdon visited the Abingdon Science Partnership at Abingdon School. A great time was had by all; a description of the evening and photos can be found on the Abingdon School Website.