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Pizzeria

When….the…sky hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore! We all know the song. Now our scouts know how to make a pizza pie, also known as pizza. As a part of their skills test, scouts learned how to fashion a pizza from the bottom up. Like Dr. Frankenstein let loose in a trattoria, scouts combined the raw ingredients for the pizza dough. If you’ve ever made pizza dough you will notice how it’s a task that seems like it’s the easiest thing in the world until your elbow deep in sticky matter and in need of assistance. They then smothered the rascal with any number of topping combinations to delight the senses and ready to bung in the oven for a delicious pizza supper. Thin & crispy base, deep pan and double decadence, none of which were on show, made way for classic pizza goodness straight from the old country which is a skill definitely worth learning.

Bike Maintenance

As ever we’ve been busy, busy bees learning new skills. Over the past few weeks we have been focusing on bicycle maintenance. Scouts have been learning the ins and outs of how to look after their bikes. Do you know fork end from your dust cap? Do you even know what a derailleur is? Of course, you don’t. Neither do I, but I know some scouts that do or they do now anyway. Learning how to look after their bikes goes towards the scout’s skill challenge it is also practical for scouts to tackle any problems they might encounter when out and about on their bikes. Scouts also learn how to do all necessary safety checks on their bicycles to make sure it is safe and ready to ride. To paraphrase Sir Bradley Wiggins, “I think bikes are pretty good”. We couldn’t agree more Wiggo.
As a part of the Scouts adventure challenge we’ve been on a little trip to The Depot Climbing Centre in Trafford Park for a spot of climbing and bouldering. What’s a “bouldering” I hear you say? “Bouldering is a style of climbing free from the use of ropes” say’s The Depot website. For those of you who don’t know, now you know. There is state of the art crash mats at the bottom of the wall just in case you decide to come back down with a bump. The Depot has the largest bouldering wall in Europe and is a fun way to build fitness as well as earn Scout badges and can be enjoyed by practically anyone so, y’know, give it a go. After a brief health & safety monologue, Scouts took to it like ducks to water and were clambering up and down walls like nobody’s biz. There’ll be plenty more high jinks coming up over the next few weeks, but until then have a good weekend.

Pancake Day!

Pancakes. Pancakes, pancakes……..PANCAKES! You’ll probably hear the word pancakes a lot today. So, I’ll start it off right here. The Scouts have been up to various capers, working towards their badges in recent weeks. Scouts working towards their local knowledge and sports enthusiast badges have also got to grips with learning some life skills. Possibly the most important life skill, and arguably the most underrated, is that of how to make a pancake. I’ve taken the liberty of adding a pancake recipe to this article. You’re welcome. Enjoy pancake day everyone. I’ll be back with more news from Scouts later in the week.
The final challenge has had our Scouts shrieking Fore! Scout leaders led an expedition to Paradise Island Adventure Golf at the Trafford Centre for 18 holes of crazy golf. Crazy golf is a game of skill but is also, and more importantly, incredibly fun! Set across two themed courses, Scouts experienced the dizzying highs of a hole-in-one to the crippling disappointment that follows a golf ball that just won’t behave, taunting you with every miss hit and gleefully rolling in completely the wrong direction……. anyway…. There are more challenges planned for the next few weeks to contribute to the Scouts earning their badges and you’ll hear about it right here of course. Thanks for reading and we hope you all enjoy your weekend!
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