As we approach this years remembrance Sunday, and the parade at All Saints Church, the evening was dedicated explaining the role of Scouting through the war effort, practising some of the knots that they would have used, and still use and finally making crosses out of lollipop sticks which, if the Cubs wanted, could be laid at the cenotaph.
Before all of this was to take place, however, Oliver gave us an introduction to his card game collection and how it is played. He uses a maximum of 60 cards at any one game but has others that he can swap in and out before he starts a duel. He can also swap cards with other game players to make a better deck to play with. He has been to competitions and exhibitions where these card games are taken very seriously and in some instances people have taken card decks in excess of thousands to play with! Oliver hasn’t quite got to that level yet, but he certainly enjoys the level he has currently attained to. Well done Oliver for enlightening us all about this game and getting another badge for doing so. If your son or daughter has any hobbies or collections then please ask them to let us know and we can arrange a similar time slot for them to earn their badge.
Once the Cubs had been split into four groups they all started on their activities which they would rotate through. The activities consisted of:
1.)Tying Friendship knots
2.)Tying Reef knots – with strawberry laces
3.)Tying a Clove Hitch
4.)Tying a Square Lashing to make a cross with two large lollipop sticks.
Tying knots is a foundation to any Cubs knowledge and the knots used tonight were only a handful of the vast array that could be used, however, these are the most common and useful for them at this time.
Tying the Friendship knot is always useful when you don’t want to take a woggle with you. Times when this would occur would be on camp or other outdoor activities.
The Reef knot is used to secure a rope or line around an object
The Clove Hitch is a good binding knot and therefore will always be useful when tying up a boat to a mooring or a rope to a post.
The Square Lashing is used to bind two objects (in this case lollipop sticks) across each other to make a cross. Starting with a Clove Hitch, winding around the back and front of the sticks in both directions and then finishing with a Clove Hitch will give you a bound cross which can be used at such occasions as the Remembrance Day Parade.
I hope the Cubs manage to retain the skill of each knot, as one day it will serve them well.