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Basic Knots

Posted on June 28th, 2015 by admin

Here are some of the basic knots needed by every Scout.

REEF KNOT

BOWLINE KNOT

CLOVE HITCH

ROUND TURN AND TWO HALF HITCHES

SHEET BEND

FISHERMANS KNOT

PRUSIK KNOT

FISHERMANS KNOT

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Mowgli cubs at Gilwell Summer Funday

Posted on June 20th, 2015 by admin

The Mowgli cubs got to go to Gilwell home of world scouting.
Lots of excited children (and adults).

Everyone had a wonderful day, 8am – 9pm is a long day but thoroughly enjoyable. Beautiful weather except for the last 15 mins when the heavens opened and everyone got wet, including nearly ever other group there. With heaters on and drying off, we made a quick exit towards home.

On the way home we stopped for refreshments and dinner at Bury St. Edmunds, McDonald’s and a very kind hearted lady “Jane Frankham” generously gave the scouts £15 to each have an ice-cream.
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What a humbling gesture of generosity, a massive thank you to her from everyone.

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Helmsman training – pt3

Posted on June 6th, 2015 by admin

The third team of helmsman trainees took their assessment today. Lots of fun was had.

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The entrance to the marina and bridge over to the boat and Tim from Watercraft.org.uk.

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The view over the marina and other narrow boats. A beautiful day for learning a new skill.

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Mooring practice near the pub, unfortunately we where the wrong side of the water.

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Tim checking that Tony was tying us up correctly. As expected, he was.

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Tony entering a set of locks, guided by Tim. Locks where the most daunting piece of the day. But when shown properly they lose their mystery.

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Mark putting his back into it.

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Work it!

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Mark, Tony and Tim exiting the locks.

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Mark’s turn next, exiting a lock we shared with another boat “Mad Hatter”. A very understanding, experienced boater and ex-GSL. You meet all the right people on narrow boats.

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If you go down, you’ve got to come back up. So the return trip needed completing.
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No missing the “HOPE”, lots of blue sky though.
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Tim, walking the edge, no kids will be doing this. That’s for the masters, not even us.
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Mark keeping a careful eye on proceedings. Looking rather cool in the shades.
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It’s a tight entrance to the marina, our most experienced man takes the helm, well done Mark.

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Reentering the marina after a long but very enjoyable day. Bit windy at start and finish, but such a great way to spend a saturday.

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