Thursday, April 21, 2011

Scout blanket

Below are some photos of my camp blanket :o) You sew badges onto your camp blanket that are from events or camps that you can't wear on your shirt. So for the kids thats mainly camp badges or events like JOTI or JOTT or if you are given a special badge to celebrate a camp. These are known as an occasional badge. Then as you move through the sections you can also sew your old badges on. so when you move from beavers to cubs you can put your beaver badges onto your camp blanket instead of leaving them on your uniform. Leaders can only wear the membership badges really on their shirt and until your 25 you can still earn the stage activity badges. So below is my blanket with the badges I have earnt in my 2years of being a leader!

This picture shows my 1year and 2year participation badges, a jamboree badge, a patch from my visit to newark air museum, all 5 of the first aid staged activity badges and one for the local campsite that normally would go on the back of a necker.

This one shows the badge from a leaders training course when I stayed at shacklewell hollow, my PGL badge from last year and a 'fun' badge which just says scouting is fun and for all!

This one again shows another 'fun' badge of my cub leaders name. The fact I've done 1 hike with the scouts and had 5 nights away with them (I've actually had 11 but I haven't got the 10na badge yet!).

This corner shows the badge I got for going on my first beaver sleepover, that I took part in the 2010 big adventure (this is where you get parents to join in activities with their kids in the hope they will want to join as occasional helpers or even uniformed leaders and bring new skills to the kids and the group!), my dukes covert camp badge, my JOTA/ JOTI occasional badge which was held in november. JOTA/ JOTI stands for Jamboree On The Air / Jamboree On The Internet. It was basically a weekend spent on the internet and radio waves trying to communicate with scout groups from all over the world :o)

A picture of my all of my badges in one shot.
This is the last close up of my badges. It shows the Survival camp badge I went on in october (very cold and rainy weekend!!), the gangshow badge and all 5 Information Technology staged activity badges.

I just felt like sharing!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Strength and Courage

It takes strength to be firm,
It takes courage to be gentle.
It takes strength to stand guard,
It takes courage to let down your guard.
It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.
It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubt.
It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.
It takes strength to feel a friend's pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.
It takes strength to hide your own pains,
It takes courage to show them.
It takes strength to endure abuse,
It takes courage to stop it.
It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on another.
It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to be loved.
It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Catch up

With my ever useful diary I am working out what I have done since my last blog!

We had some family friends visiting on wednesday, it was abit weird seeing them! It's been about 4/5years since we last saw them and boy have those kids grown!!!! It made me feel old when one of them turns 10 next month and I remember her being born.

Thursday I was at clinic and that didnt go well. I've lost 2kgs since being at clinic a month ago and my lung function is also down about 15%. However because I feel alright despite these numbers I've got orals and 2weeks to get it back up otherwise I will be back on IVs again, which would be a 6week break! Thursday evening I went to a charity fashion show. It was good fun and I even got a new pair of trousers and a jumper!!!

Friday I met a friend for some lunch and got some more lovely cuddles with her baby boy.

Saturday my daytime was spent doing a charity bag pack with the scouts. It was a good day and £660 was raised but boy are bag packs boring!! I really dont like doing them but they are a good fundraiser and the kids dont mind doing it. Saturday evening I went with a few friends to see Boston Gangshow (after our own gangshow which was held in February). It was an interesting experience and I think I will leave it at that!!

Yesterday I didn't really do alot. I went round to my parents and we sat out in the garden enjoying the sunshine :o)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Mothers Day Cake!

This is the cake I made for Mothers Day! It was very yummy and my mum was very pleased with it. She also got a balloon arrangement which she also loved.

Thats about all I have to say but just thought I would share the cake.

Friday, April 1, 2011


Following on from my previous post, this is the sentiment on my mums bag of blessings:

This is a Bag of Blessings and Gratitude, A magical gift that's given with love to say, Thanks for being so wonderful, And "Happy Mother's day!" The Aventurine is to bring you luck, The Rose Quartz to surround you with love, There's a guardian angel to watch over you, And to bring you peace, there's a tiny dove. I hope this gift will bring you joy, Because it's clear for all to see, You're the best Mum in the Universe, And you mean the world to me. Copyright © 2001-2009 Karen Bourner. All rights reserved.

I still think it's very sweet!

Apparently it's only been 2 days since my last blog and I still can't remember what I've really been upto!!


Yesterday was busy spent updating all my scout admin, sorting out their challenge record cards which lets me see how many of them are close to or have earnt the Chief Gold Scout Award. Which is the top award they can earn in the scout section (cubs earn chief silver scout award, beavers earn chief scouts bronze award). They earn this by completing 'challenge' badges which typically involve more work or doing certain things for longer than an activity badge. I was pleased to see that out of 15 scouts in the troop, one has now earnt their gold scout award and 4 others are very very very very nearly completed!! The rest of the scouts are either just starting on their scout journey or about halfway there. Then in the evening I was at scouts and they had fun building models out of straws. It was a relatively easy meeting for me in terms of leadering as when they do activities like the one they do last night they all sort of control each other and I only have to step in if it looks like a big argument is brewing or I see some 'inappropriate' behaviour (We don't allow physical contact unless it is part of game rules-so no shoving or poking etc).

Today I have been food shopping and looking for somethings for my friends birthday which is in a few weeks time. I've also got all my stuff ready for cake baking tomorrow. I'm a little bit nervous about it as I know my grandma will also be eating it and she is big baker!! Shes always baked and I used to bake with her and my mum when I was little. She is also quite critical when it comes to baked goods and will give her honest opinion on things no matter who made it!! Also I just want it to be nice as it's for my mum. I will take pictures of my progress and blog them another day.