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Dear Parent's,
 
With the start of the new term only some 5 weeks away, I would like to take the opportunity to update you on our plans for getting back to meeting up once again.
 
At this present time the Scout Association is taking it's lead from the Governments National Youth Agency as regards what we can and cannot do and the appropriate measures we need to have in place. Similar to Government, they operate red, amber, yellow and green graded alertness levels. Currently we are at amber which means we can meet outdoors but not indoors. To meet indoors we need to go to yellow.
 
However as you can imagine it is not just as simply as saying ok everybody out to Tedbury! To do so we have to first produce risk assessments, operating protocols and demonstrate how in practical terms we can meet, whilst ensuring we comply with the government guidelines on group  meetings, social distancing, mask wearing etc.. These then have to be sent to the District Commissioner for approval before we can formally meet.
 
So, currently our leaders are busy working on all the necessary paperwork with a view to producing 2 sets of risk assessments. Firstly to cover us for meeting outside, which we can already do at amber, and then another for going to yellow so that when we are allowed to meet indoors, we are all ready to go.
 
In practical terms this means that as from the Thursday 3rd September we are, as things currently stand, proposing to meet at Tedbury campsite for our first 4 meetings. Due to the darker night's drawing in, there will be changes to the times for meeting up which will effect the Scouts and maybe Cubs as well. We will advise you further on this closer to September and once we get formal approval of our plans from District.  
 
We do understand that some of you may be anxious about sending your child back to scouting. However please be assured that we will at all times be holding our meetings in accordance with Government guidelines and we will share the practicalities of the measures we are putting in place to protect your child, once they have been approved.
 
In the meantime, please keep an eye on our web site for updates and you may also be interested in the latest information on our national web site at: www.scouts.org.uk/coronavirus  
 
Regards,
 
    David.
 
David Hoare
Chairman -  5th Frome Scout Group
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Blog | Joining a Zoom Meeting
06/05/2020 By Paul Marsh

Zoom instructions

To join the online Zoom meeting:

NB: We recommend joining via a PC/Laptop, this will ensure that you are able to see all other scouts, and we will also be easier for you at times when we share screen. But this is not essential if all you have is a Tablet or Phone

Once downloaded and installed, on Thursday:

  • Open the software and click the blue “Join a Meeting” button
  • Enter the below information and click “Join”.
    •  the Meeting ID
    • Enter your name in “Personal Link Name”
  • You’ll then be asked to enter the password.

 

Meeting ID's and passwords will be provided or each event. If you do not recieve them please contact us by phone, email hello@5thFromeScouts.org.uk or through social media.

 

Security/code of conduct measures;

  1. Please make sure you are using the latest version of Zoom 
  2. Join with the biggest sceen you can (ideally a PC/Lapto, or a tablet/phone if not)
  3. We will be operating a waiting room, if we do not recognise the name you will not be allowed to enter the room, so please make sure you use a name we know.
  4. Please keep your camera on
  5. Please be respectful to others in the zoom meeting as you would in our normal meetings.
  6. If you're in a noisy environment, you can mute your mic and unmute it when you have some thing say.
  7. To ensure the Scouts are able to take part in the activity safely, an adult should be in the vicinity of the device being used. This does not mean that they have to be online with them or looking over their shoulder, but in the same room or the room next door would be great.

 

If you have any questions, please do get in contact with us.

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As with all our camps, this virtual camp is jam-packed with things to do!

We have 3 tasks for you to do Sunday afternoon, 2 tasks for Monday, challenges to be completed anytime throughout the camp and a whole bunch of optional additional activities to pick from and have a go at whenever you fancy over the weekend.

With all the tasks and activities, we really want to see what you achieved, so please share your pictures, files and videos of you completing the below with us during the camp. You can either

 

Please be safe while doing these activities and check what you’re doing with an adult.

Download the list here:

Microsoft Word version: TasksChallengesActivities.docx

PDF version: TasksChallengesActivities.pdf

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5th Frome Virtual Camp - Easter 2020
06/04/2020 By Paul Marsh

Dear Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Parents/Guardians and Family!

We hope you are keeping well during this of big changes in the way we must live. We are all stuck at home, but that doesn’t mean we cannot continue our Scouting. With this in mind….
 
5th Frome are holding a Virtual Camp!
 
Will we be doing the same sort of activities as a normal camp, just tweaked slightly!
It will include;
- building and sleeping in a shelter/tent (inside or outside),  
- building a campfile (real or model)
- Wide games
- Virtual day trips
- challenges and activities
- Online meetings to bring us all together.
 
Full information, including programme and activities download the letter here: 5thFromeVirtualCamp.docx
 
This is open to the whole family to join in!
 
We hope to you will join us and help keep 5th Frome Scout Group Scouting!
 
 
Any questions please get in contact!
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Hello! 

Just because we are stuck indoors, it doesnt mean we have to stop our Cub Scouting! #TheGreatIndoors

In this blog we will keep adding some ideas for you to work on at home, so check back regulally.

You can find additional activity ideas that the Scouting HQ has produced here: scouts.org.uk/thegreatindoors

As you fulfill the badge requirements, keep a record and bring them with you once we are back to our regualr Thursday meetings, and feel free to share what you do along the way on our social media - we'd love to see what you are up to!


 

 Photographer Activity Badge 

Would be good to do this at round the home and in the garden, if you collect some pictures and print them off using a computer program with some words, this could also go towards an IT badge. collect all that you have done and bring them along when we all get back.

How to earn your badge:

  1. Show that you know how to use and look after a digital camera or smartphone camera.

    Show how to change the mode, change the settings, use the zoom function, and transfer photos to another device.

  2. Take at least five photos of your local area that could be used on a tourist leaflet or website.

  3. Take photos while you’re on a trip, camp or another event.

    Show 10 of your best photos to someone else after the event. You could present them in a scrapbook, on a screen, in a photo book or some other way.

  4. Choose one of these activities to do:

    1. Create two photos of the same thing, one in colour and one in black and white. Compare how the effects change the way the final picture looks.

    2. Make a short film on a subject of your choice.

    3. Using a series of photos, make a short animation sequence.

    4. Edit a photo using a smartphone or editing software. Explain what you have changed and why

 


 

Home Help Activity Badge

How to earn your badge

  1. Plan, cook and serve a simple one-course meal.

  2. Wash up afterwards. Show how to clean a saucepan or other cooking utensils, cutlery and glasses. You could use a dishwasher for this step, including loading and unloading it.

  3. Help sort out the washing. Load and unload the washing machine.

  4. Iron at least two items. They could be things like pillowcases, t-shirts or trousers.

  5. Sew on a button.

  6. Help to clean and tidy a living room.

  7. Clean at least two items in your home. They could be things like a basin or kitchen cupboard, silverware or brass.

  8. Take sheets, pillow covers and the duvet cover off a bed and help to put clean ones on. Make your own bed for a week.

 

 


 

Naturalist Activity Badge

1. Learn how to identify six different living things from two of these 
categories:
trees
garden birds
water birds
minibeasts and insects
wild flowers
pond dwellers
fungi
butterflies and moths
That means you should have 12 examples in total. 
 
2. Over three months, visit the same natural area at least four times. Take a note of the changes in the plants and wildlife that you see. You might visit a garden, hedgerow, canal, river lake or park. Make sure that you have an adult’s permission for the visits.
3. Learn the countryside code and how to follow it.
4. Choose one of these activities to do:
  • Create a piece of art using natural material. You could do a bark or leaf rubbing, dried flower picture or maybe a collage.
  • Use a dye that uses natural ingredients to colour a piece of material.
  • Make a feeding station for birds. Get permission to hang it in a good position.
  • Make a hedgehog, ladybird or bee house.
  • With an adult pick wild edible berries, leaves or fruit. Use them in a recipe.
 
 
For number 2, it must be agreed with an adult that a young person can visit a natural area. They must know where a young person is and how long they are going to be.
 
When picking plants or berries for number 4, it is very important to know that plants and berries in the countryside can be poisonous and you should avoid touching and never eat them
 

 

Book Reader Activity Badge

How to earn your badge

 

  1. Make a list of at least six books you have read or used recently. Books you have read on an e-reader count too.
  2. Name the authors of your books. Tell your leader or other Cubs something about three of your books. At least one book should be fiction and one should be non-fiction.
  3. Show that you know how to care for your books and know the benefits a library can bring to people who enjoy reading.
  4. Show that you can use a dictionary and a thesaurus. 
  5. Write a review of your favourite book and share it with your Sixer, an Explorer Scout Young Leader or your Cub Leader.

 

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