Badge Presentations are always interesting. Tonight we had a talk on Flight and the Spitfire with demo paper planes. This lead to an interesting discussion on price inflation since the war! Well done to Jacob and Elias for completing Stage 1 of their Air Activities badge.

Next up Chris with local knowledge on the Maldon area. Did you know the doctor to patient ratio in Maldon? Nor did we but we do now! Good job Chris. Badge well earned.

Finally Knotty Nick with more jokes than knots in his talk. Looking forward to seeing your pioneer siege engine when it is ready.

Joanne in charge! Be very afraid...
Joanne in charge! Be very afraid...

Our activity for the evening was rope work. What happens when scouts, ropes and knots get mixed up? Well the answer is a teamwork challenge for trussed up scouts to get to the other side of the hall. They made it and we did release them eventually. Honest!

We started work on the new round of badges this week.  Scouts prepared plans to work on aviation, cooking, local knowledge and pioneering. They are going to be busy!

Scouts balloon dance after preparing for autumn Badges
Scouts balloon dance!

We talked about ways to contribute to the local community and the scouts are firming up ideas for the autumn.

Balloons

...and  then....well...balloons appeared as if by magic attached with varying degrees of security and open warfare ensued.

Scout reversing hazard
Scout reversing hazard

We experimented with different rules and playing styles: the "killer hug",  "mob attack" and "snatch and grab" did well. Overall we decided the balloons won which was a surprising result! Next time cheaper balloons.

Scouts retired from the affray bearing many scalps in the the form of balloon debris dangling from string on their belts.

Next week building bridges...

Squaring up for the duel
Squaring up for the duel