Night Walk - Last Minute Checks
Night Walk - Last Minute Checks

The task was for teams to navigate by torchlight to a location and then fix an exact position by triangulation. From the final position we were to take the bearing of the other group. Along the way each team had to cope with junctions, crossing open ground, local compass divergence and other obstacles.

The Scouts split into 2 groups, each with a leader, torches, compass and cryptic instructions and set off into the darkness.

Night Walk - First team on their way...
Night Walk - First team on their way...

Following the compass bearings to navigate the path, Team A eventually reached their destination on the river bank via the pub (no drinking, Scouts) and various obstacles.

Team B was soon spotted heading up to join them on completely the wrong path and promptly sent back for a rethink! It turns out that a brick wall is not actually a large sign, and marching through the private boat yard was of dubious legality (sorry North Fambridge Yacht Haven). Eventually both groups ended up in their correct locations and the task completed.

Night Walk - Is this right?
Night Walk - Is this right?

We had hoped, for an added bonus, to be rewarded with a meteor shower as the Orionids should have been at their peak. Unfortunately leaders failed to organise a clear night sky and cloud cover rather spoiled the plan.

Scouts made their way back to the hall to finish the evening in the traditional way with a prayer and hot chocolate.

Weekly meeting in the hall to prepare for night time manoeuvres next week. For orienteering training, we used a compass to take bearings of objects around the hall and practiced walking along a bearing. Finally we figured out how to plan a route with map and compass, which is easy in a warm dry hall and MUCH harder outside in the cold and wet!

Pioneer Basketball with the wreck of a bridge support!
Pioneer Basketball with the wreck of a bridge support!

In a fit of madness we then tried to repeat our bridge building exploits of last week using our scouts pioneer kit. The words pathetic failure seem appropriate but there were some lessons learned. Most important, use long enough bits of rope or a clove hitch does not hold!

The debris served as a goal for basketball scoring practice which is pretty much all it was fit for.

Enjoy your successes, learn from your failures, carry on regardless.

After the Scout meeting the leaders met to work on plans for Beavers and Cubs sections. Any young people of the right age or parent helpers, please get in touch!