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‘Vikings’ complete their pioneer badge

Posted on June 19th, 2016 by admin

DSCF0919 (Copy)On Thursday night 1st Malew ‘Viking’ troop were throwing everything (dry peas actually!) at completing their Pioneering activity badge by constructing mini catapults.

After completing their catapults there was a competition to find who could fire their ‘pea’ the furthest down the Scout hall.

After three attempts each, Tom Y came out on top with a distance of 37 ft 6 in. An unnamed scout managed to register a negative throw by somehow firing his pea 1 ft. 6 in. back over his shoulder!

To obtain their badge the Scouts in the preceding weeks had learned knots and lashings, bridged the Silverburn river, built large catapults and constructed stiles over the wall surrounding the hall. All their efforts were tested by Leader Roger (except for standing in front of the large catapults!).

See photos from the evening in the Photo Gallery.

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Viking Troop’s catapults are firing

Posted on May 23rd, 2016 by admin

viking-catapult3Down in the beautiful South (Ballasalla), ‘Viking’ Troop, 1st Malew Scouts continued with work towards their pioneering proficiency badge by constructing catapults.

Besides the use of the usual square and diagonal lashings a degree of ingenuity was shown by the use of a cardboard tube to provide a roller bearing for the catapult arm to pivot on and a kitchen ladle as the device to put the projectile in.

Leader Roger, having tested the Scouts previous bridging attempts by crossing first however declined their invitation to stand ‘down range’ to test the efficacy of the catapults!

Needless to say they did lob a tennis ball a goodly distance down the field.

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