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Can the ‘Wolf Pack’ Southern Explorers light a fire?

Posted on December 9th, 2017 by admin

A dark and damp Monday evening found the Explorers of the “Wolf Pack” facing an outdoor challenge.

Having been warned to dress for the weather and bring a knife and torch they were paired up then given a paper bag which contained the following:

  1. A cotton wool ball
  2. One stick of dry wood
  3. A box of matches with only five matches in
  4. Two individual sachets of hot chocolate
  5. Two polystyrene cups
  6. Two small plastic spoons
  7. Two empty bean tins

They then had to go into the darkness and get a fire going and make a hot drink. Simple? But not as easy as you might think.

Object of the activity: To demonstrate how difficult it can be to get a fire going when conditions are not perfect and to give an idea as to what extra kit to pack on expedition.

  1. Lessons learned:
  2. That in ‘the wild’ one member of the group should carry a small axe
  3. Another member should carry a lightweight ‘tarp’ to rig a shelter
  4. Also having a film container with a fire lighter in it or candle stub would help damp wood to get going
  5. Depending on the weather, the amount of time required to set up camp + fire before night fall should be extended

The use of natural fire enhances such as pine resin was also discussed. All in all quite a few lessons were learned.

Find more photos in the photo gallery here.

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‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers prepare for Remembrance Sunday

Posted on November 18th, 2017 by admin

At the conclusion of their regular Monday meeting at Mullin ny Cartey the Explorers, after enjoying the challenge of the traverse wall, took a moment to reflect on the upcoming Remembrance Sunday parade and what it means.

Trying to comprehend the sheer number of people who lost their lives during two world wars is very hard to do so we concentrated on those who returned from war physically damaged.

This was accomplished by the Explorers having to do a seemingly easy task of making a jam sandwich and finding an individual item in a ‘box of oddments’.

However, if you had lost an arm or your eye sight, life becomes more complicated. For example, taking a lid off the jam, undoing a bread bag, peeling the foil top off the butter.

As these disabilities are not only confined to victims of war it brought home how very lucky the majority of us are in having all our faculties, and how grateful we should be to those who over the years have put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf.

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Annual Kayak Polo Competition a great success

Posted on November 7th, 2017 by admin

On Sunday, 15th October, 15 teams competed in this year’s Annual Kayak Polo at Western Swimming Pool in Peel. Each team of 4, controlling their kayaks without the benefit of a paddle, using only their hands.

The competition this year was the most successful in its history with about 60 Scouts and Explorers for around the island.

Thanks to Ash and his team for a great afternoon. Everyone had a fantastic time.

For more photos check out the events photo gallery.

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Wolf Pack Explorers griddle up some scones

Posted on November 7th, 2017 by admin

At their regular meeting at Mullin ny Carty the Explorers of the ‘Wolf Pack’ practiced their culinary skills using three different griddle and drop scone recipes. This also gave them the opportunity to try out their latest piece of kit namely the griddle.

This was salvaged from a discarded three layer tea trolley. The top shelf was cut of just above the second tray level giving (once cleaned) a cooking griddle on legs. Being stainless steel it is easy to keep clean and will not rust. It will, no doubt prove useful in the future to cook bacon, eggs, burgers etc.

 

Have any other Scouts on the Island got a piece of kit improvised from something else? Why not send in a photograph and tell us what it is?

 

 

Point to ponder: Never build a fire directly on top of or inside a concrete surface or structure.

Why? Concrete when mixed has air pockets in it. So, when heated by your fire the hot air expands which can make the concrete explode!

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Scouts selected to represent the Island at the World Scout Jamboree

Posted on November 5th, 2017 by admin

After a rigorous selection process, in rather damp conditions, the nine Scouts who will represent the Isle of Man at the World Scout Jamboree in 2019 have been selected.

The nine Scouts will represent the Island, led by Island leader Alex Armstrong, at this major international event that will see between 30,000 and 50,000 Scouts and Leaders from over 150 different countries gather for two weeks of international bonding, promoting friendship, sustainability and adventure. The Jamboree aims to unite the world’s young people to promote peace, mutual understanding and respect in a warmly embracing Scouting experience.

The Scouts now have 18 months of hard work o train, meet the rest of their unit from he UK and fund raise for the event.

Pictured are Archie W, David C, Matthew R, Vannin C, Ethan Q, Alex (Unit Leader), Tom B, Conor C, Izzy C and Amy G.

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Wolf Pack – Southern Explorers go golfing

Posted on September 30th, 2017 by admin

 

Recently the ‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers back at Mullin ny Carty for their first regular meeting after the Summer break.

After flag break the first order of business was (with a few suggestions from ESL Roger) to work out their own programme for the following 6 weeks. This was done outside to allow Roger assisted by Kevin Bott to set up an indoor 6 hole ‘Crazy Golf’ course.

 

 

Three teams battled it out at the first ‘MNC Open’. The final result being worked out by averaging the three team members scores.

The conclusion? “Next time, we use real golf balls.” Using ping pong balls  made each hole a par 47 on average as they went everywhere!

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