Ola Portugal!

When you’re visiting another country it’s always good to contact a local Group, and that’s just what some Scouts from Portugal did this week.

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Mariana Santos and Beatriz Tavares contacted us on Facebook and made the plans.  They even offered to run the programme for the evening, so we asked them to bring some of Portugal to central London!

First of all we learned where Portugal is and how far it is from the UK.  We were lucky that the weather in London that day was almost as good as at their home near Porto!

We played some games and asked lots of questions, and the meeting finished with some lively folk dancing!

The visitors were able to see some of the Hospital, met the patients and taught us all a lot about themselves and their country.  We hope that they enjoyed themselves, and learned something about us too!

Rising to the occasion

The wonderful Cake Magic came along to our meeting to show us the art of cake decorating.

There was no shortage of volunteers to help!

Demi had made a batch of fairy cakes, and showed us how to pipe butter icing onto them.

She then moved on to the tricky bit – making animal characters for the tops from fondant icing.

There was a lot of rolling and precision placement of various different colours!

Here’s one of the finished articles – good enough to eat!


Sadly, there were a few cakes left at the end, and something had to be done with them…

Taking a byte out of Apple

We all love technology, so Laura arranged a trip to the Apple Store in Regent Street.

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It’s not far from the Hospital, so we were soon sat in the middle of the store in front of the biggest screen (outside a cinema) that you’ve ever seen!

Our hosts gave us a quick course on the basics of coding, then handed out iPads and Sphero robots to everyone.

The floor was marked with courses, and we had to programme the robots correctly to follow the path from start to finish.

Once you get the hang of it you can work quickly (if you’re young!) and the floor was soon a racetrack of rolling robots!

At the end of our session everyone* was given a t-shirt and a USB flash drive.

Watch out in a few years – we may have started someone on the road to coding fame and fortune!



*except Andrew. But he’s OK. Honestly.

Camping it up

The beginning of August is the start of the camping season, so we decided to show our young people how to put up a tent.

We didn’t hammer any pegs into the floor, but we managed to get an 8 person tent up in the Activity Centre!

You can’t beat the smell of canvas!

Gez is back!

One of our former leaders has gone on to study nursing in Birmingham, but when we needed someone to run a mini Olympics night (the IAAF World Championships and the World ParaAthletics Championships were in full swing in London) there was only one person to call!

Gez has always been keen on indoor track and field, so he got straight on a train and headed to London.

The evening was the usual Gez mix of energy, adaptation and imagination, and as expected we had a great time!