last meeting this academic year!

Great weather and blue sky for our last meeting before the summer break.

Lots of badges awarded today to mark the end of good work from the Cubs and Scouts.

1st Beijing Scouts

Sadly, we say goodbye to a few of our number, too…

Teresa & Adrian, Victor & Linda

Left to right: Teresa, Adrian, Victor, Linda

Victor and Linda have been with us for a little while, sharing their expertise with Canadian Scouting. Thanks so much for bringing your energy and enthusiasm!

And, three years after setting up First Beijing Scouts from scratch, it is also time for Adrian and Teresa to say goodbye to China. Our heartfelt thanks to them for all their efforts in organising the whole programme of events. You’re leaving a fabulous legacy to the Beijing expat community!

We’ll miss you all lots but wish you and your families the very best for the future!

2013 Practice Camp

With warmer weather by the end of April, thoughts have turned to scout camps!

This week, Cubs and Scouts had an overnight practice camp in the safety of Dulwich College Beijing sports grounds.  The experience provided a full camping experience – including campfire songs!

We’re well prepared now for the expedition camping that will come soon!

Practice Camp 02

Practice Camp 03

Practice Camp 04

Practice Camp 05

Practice Camp 07

DIY badge

Over a couple of weeks, Cubs and Scouts worked towards their DIY badges.

This included painting, plumbing and plug-wiring activities… and, with thanks to Dulwich College and Mr Jauk, there were some great welding and woodworking activities, too!

DIY badge 1

DIY badge 2

DIY badge 3

DIY badge 4

Silver Mountain Pagodas hike

Wrapped up against the cold, the Cubs and Scouts visited the Silver Mountain Pagodas this week.

The Scouts took the long route up, covering a 7km trek around the back of the mountain. Meanwhile, the Cubs made basecamp at the Pagodas, including lashing together the bamboo flagpoles. The Cubs took a more direct hike up the mountain, meeting the Scouts at the very top.

On the descent, Cubs and Scouts had the opportunity to ring the great bell. Then signal a progress report down to basecamp via semaphore.

Back at basecamp, all the effort was rewarded with a waiting supply of hot chocolate! What else?!