Gente Joven


5 July 2020 “This week in Lockdown” by the 1st Madrid Scouts                                                          

Continuing on from last week when we had our final meetings, the Cubs looked at the year in review on a special video and then they read a story about how small actions can have a big impact – especially throughout this time of lockdown. Finally, they had an open chat about all of the positives that have come from being in confinement. The cubs sent messages on zoom saying things like “I have spent more time with my dad”, “I had fun with my sister”, “I learned how to cook” etc.

This is our last update of term and we will be back again after the summer holidays! We are hoping to meet up for one or two activities over the holidays, and we’ll be sure to tell you all about it! In the meantime, all our Scout, Cub and Beaver leaders are meeting up for social gathering next week – it will be the first time we have got together since the beginning of the quarantine – and very well deserved! Watch this space…

28 June 2020 “This week in Lockdown”  by the 1st Madrid Scouts   

Last week we had our final meetings before the summer holidays. The Scouts, Cubs and Beavers reflected on what we had done over the last year – our real camps and virtual camps, the badges they have achieved, how they have coped with lockdown and what they are looking forward to doing in the summer holidays, especially as now we have more freedom! We also welcomed back one of our Beaver leaders who has been working in a care home throughout the quarantine period. He has had to self-isolate away from his family for a long time, while he carried out essential work for vulnerable people. We think he is our very own hero! We gave him a big round of applause for all his hard work and dedication and it was great to have him back with us! Here are some photos from our British virtual camp weekend:

 21 June 2020 “This week in Lockdown”  by the 1st Madrid Scouts                                                   

It’s the last week of term for our Scout group before the summer holidays! This weekend we held our second virtual camp, celebrating the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II and “Trooping the Colour”. All the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers made British landmarks out of recycled materials and went on a virtual tour of the Army Flying Museum in the UK. The highlight of the weekend was that all the Scouts around the world came together for a typical British tea party! They laid up a table with flowers, put up bunting and made scones, biscuits, cakes, lemonade and of course pots of tea! We met up with other Scout groups in other countries and asked them questions about the kind of things they do at their meetings and camps, while eating scones and drinking tea! They slept over in their indoor camp dens or tents in their gardens. All of which, they will earn badges for. They have all coped extremely well during lockdown and we are very proud of all of them! They have managed to continue with scouting activities and have stayed connected with each other. We are hoping to meet up over the holidays for some outdoor activities! Watch this space!!

14 June 20 “This week in Lockdown” by the 1st Madrid Scouts  

This weekend, the Scout group are on their second virtual camp weekend with the rest of BSO (British Scouting Overseas), celebrating the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II and “Trooping the Colour”. As well as camping in tents or dens, and cooking meals, they will also build a campfire (real or virtual) and renew their Scout promise. In preparation, the Cubs and Beavers have been learning British landmarks and British works of art, so that they can recreate one or two of them using recycled materials they find in their homes. They have also been getting ideas to be able to hold a typical British garden tea party, where they can invite their families to join in! They are meeting up with other Scout groups around the world and are taking a virtual tour of the Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop (UK) – the home of British Army Aviation.
The families of our Cub section have been voting on its photography exhibition (see entries below) and it was announced that the overall winner is photograph no.3, “Bottle Topple” (forced perspective), taken by Marina aged 9yrs and the runner up is photo no. 6, “Lillies” (nature), taken by Nico aged 10½ yrs. Well done to all the Cubs for taking such creative photographs!

7 June 20  “This week in Lockdown” by the 1st Madrid Scouts                               

This week, the Scout group are getting excited and starting to prepare for their second virtual camp weekend with the rest of BSO (British Scouting Overseas). This time, we will celebrate the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II and the ceremony “Trooping the Colour”. The Beavers have been thinking about how they can make their den even better! They played a camp ‘spot the difference’, camp ‘spot the hazards’ and learnt about what makes a good camp layout. They also discussed ideas for camp food and were introduced to what makes up a typical British tea party or street party. The Cubs learnt about why the Queen has two birthday celebrations and the history behind it. They have finished putting together their photography exhibition with some really beautiful and creative photos. There are now 8 finalists and the Scout families can make an anonymous vote to decide the overall winner!

31 May 20 “This week in Lockdown” by the 1st Madrid Scouts                                                         

This week, the Scout group are getting excited and starting to prepare for their second virtual camp weekend with the rest of BSO (British Scouting overseas), since lock down began. The Beavers have been thinking about how they can make their den even better than last time! They played a camp ‘spot the difference’, camp ‘spot the hazards’ and learnt about what makes a good camp layout. The Cubs are continuing with their photography badge, taking lots of photos of nature and their exhibition is almost ready to launch! On Wednesday evening, all the sections were hoping to watch the first manned rocket launch from the US into space since 2011… but it was delayed until this Saturday due to bad weather. But we will be tuning in again and let’s hope it is successful second time around!

24 May 20 “This week in Lockdown”  by the 1st Madrid Scouts                                                   

This week, we didn’t have meetings, but instead we made videos for our Scout sections to watch. We made a very exciting announcement – we shall be holding our 2nd virtual camping weekend in June. It will be in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday and the Trooping of the Colour, so all the children will learn about this. We will also learn about local knowledge and places right here in Madrid. In the meantime, the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers will think about their camps they made last time and how they can improve on them. The Cubs are still working on their photography badge and are aiming to bring all of their photos together to make an exhibition. They also learnt about the history of Cubs: The section was created in 1916 and back then, they were known as wolf cubs. In 1991 girls were allowed to join and they became Cub Scouts. In 2016 they celebrated their centenary! The Beavers are still working on their personal and leader challenge badges and we continue to send them a weekly bedtime story!

Our first contribution is from the 1st Madrid Scouts based in Madrid: