53rd St Barnabas Scout Group Cyprus
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Above: 53rd Scouts collect food for
the needy on Saturday 12th Feb as
part of the Limassol Scout Districts
Thinking Day Community Service.
Above: Lions and Foxes Patrol
Geocaching in November 2016.
Above: Scouts split into 3
Groups for the Saving Energy,
Jobsman and Artist Badges
Jambowlree 28th April 2018.
The 53rd Scouts had their unofficial Jambowlree World Scout ten pin bowling Competition on Saturday 28th
April from 2.30pm to 5.00pm at Galactica Bowling. The Jambowlree is organised by the Explorers Scout
Leader of Farnham Explorer Unit, based in Surrey in the UK. Each Scout that took part received the 2018
Jambowlree Badge for their Camp fire Blanket. Overall it was a Great event and the 53rd will definatly take
part in Jambowlree 2019. Best bowler for the Scout Section was David. The overall highest average scoring
Patrol trophy was won by Lions Patrol.
Patrol activities for this years Epathlon Challenge.
Over the past four Months the 53rd Patrols have been very busy. The main reason for the many Patrol activities is to complete the requirements for this years
Epathlon set by the Scout section of the Cyprus Scouts Association. Patrols all across Cyprus have taken the challenge and this will be the first time in two years the
53rd has managed to complete the Epathlon. Below are each of the 53rd Patrols on their Patrol activities such as Patrol Camps, Hikes, the Patrol International
Meeting and Patrol trips to places of interest..
Above: 53rd Scouts take part in the
Thinking Day Service at St Barnabas
Church on 22nd Feb 2017.
Above: 53rd Scouts on the Lantern
March on the 24th March 2017.
Above: 53rd Scouts take part in
this year Lets do it Cyprus and
collect pubish along the
Yermasoyia River bed.
Above: The 53rd Scout Running
team has been tarining every
Wednesday getting ready for the
4Km trail run on the 23rd April.
Fun Camp 17th - 18th June at the Yermasoyia Scout Hut.
As we came and did the flag break we played a game with cubs, scouts and ventures and got
into 5 groups each having at least: 4 cubs, 4 scouts, 2 ventures and one leader(those were the
groups for the obstacle course). Then we started doing an obstacle course. Cubs started doing
one part of the obstacle course with help of ventures, while scouts did A frames, a bridge and a
tunnel, also some other ventures did a slide which was cool. After that those who stayed for the
camp started to get into groups of three and went to put up tents and change into other clothes.
Then we helped to bring chairs and tables and to put them everywhere so we could have dinner.
Then around at 9 we had a campfire and sang different songs from different countries and
sketches which were hilarious and very entertaining to watch. After the campfire we got ready to
go to sleep and around at 10:30 we were sleeping. The next day we woke up and had breakfast,
then after breakfast we had to do the obstacle course which was so much fun (a bit painful and
dirty but still fun). After the obstacle course we had to pack all our things and do the flag break
and finally go home. By Alexios K ( Scout )
Above: Members of the 53rd in
Nicosia on Saturday receive their
certificates becoming ambassadors
of Safe Online Surfing for CYTA.
Above: Three 53rd Scouts take
Part in the Limassol Scout
District PLand APL training.
Trip to Larnaca and Mazotos Camel Park 27th Jan 2018
After an exciting and (what felt like) everlasting journey to Larnaca, we eventually got there. Our first stop
was near the beach to see the fort. The castle was very interesting as we saw all the cannons from their
time.Finally, we arrived at the camel park! At the camel park, we rode camels, fed camels, did a fun
treasure hunt, went into a 5D cinema and attempted to do rodeo. The camel park was very entertaining
and knowledgeable. It an amazing experience! By Beau ( Scout )
One day hike 11th Feb 2018.
On Sunday the 11th of February we went on a hike from Kivides to Vouni which was
altogether 15km. We arrived at the scout hut at 8:30am where we had a kit check by the
Scout Leaders and then left by bus for the start of the hike. We finished the first
checkpoint easily, it was a flat road of 1km.After that, to the second checkpoint there was
a small uphill and it was 5km. Everyone was getting tired. To get to the next checkpoint,
there was also an uphill of 5km. When we finally reached the third checkpoint, we had
lunch. Our lunch break was about 20 minutes long. To get to the fourth checkpoint there
was the hardest part. We had to go up a steep uphill and then climb all the way up a
mountain full of bushes and trees. Everyone was exhausted. Finally, we reached the end
of the hike. There, the bus was waiting for us, which took us back to the scout hut. We
arrived at the scout hut at 4:00pm. Overall, it was a hard hike especially for the new
scouts and cubs. ( By Demetra Foxes Patrol Leader )
Two night Camp and night Hike 9th - 11th March 2018.
On the 9th March, we were all told to be at the Scout hut by 4:00 PM so we could
be taken by bus to the village of Louvaras for our 3 day hike and camp. We
arrived at about 5:00 PM and immediately started getting ready for our 5km Night
hike starting at 8:00 PM. We then returned back to our campsite at around 11:00
PM to eat dinner and get ready for bed in a small hut . Saturday was a busy day
for us Scouts. We woke up at 8:00 AM so we could get ready for our 10 km hike
in the morning. Then when we returned we visited the church of Panayia Kyra
and drew the church for our badge. After that each patrol walked back to the
campsite to start cooking their lasagne for the cooking competition. The next day
we went on another hike joined by the cubs and were taken back home by bus.
By Leda ( Scout ).
Older Scout Camp and St Georges Day Peristerona 21st - 22nd April 2018.
All the Older Scouts from Limassol gathered at the Scout district building at 10am with excitement and hoping
to learn something new about being an excellent Explorer. Anxiously, we waited for the bus to arrive. After
waiting for some time the bus finally arrived. The bus ride was about an hour an 40 minutes but past quite
quickly because of all the singing and joking around that we did. We approached the Morfou District and then
stopped at a school in Peristerona that we camped at. When we got there we were split into four groups that
were names of places in Cyprus and each group were given a colour. Once split into those groups we were
split again into four other groups that are our patrols and we would have to spend the whole day with doing
activities. Then we were assigned what we would have do throughout the day. Everyone did the same things
but just at different times of the day. Some of us cleaned the dry riverbed and others went around the village
asking the people that lived there some questions about the village. After a tiring day we went back to the
school to be informed from CYTA about the dangers of social media. After that touching speech we had to put
our tents up. Sadly we were not sleeping indoors. Following that we played some new , interesting and fun
games that taught us how to work as a team. Afterwards it was time to have DINNER, we had our juicy and
tender hamburgers with fries and salad which were delicious. When we finished our meals we were taken
to the village centre where there was a concert with live music from the Scout Band. We had a lot of fun while singing, dancing and laughing. Then the night was
sadly over and we went to sleep in our wonderful tents. We woke up bright and early at 7am and had breakfast. Later on that morning we started taking the camp
down and getting ready for church. Later on we left the school and went to church.We listened to church ceremony for about 30 minutes then went back the school to
get our cheese pie and then went straight away to meet the other 53rd scouts at the football pitch were the Saint Georges day was held. The speeches took about an
hour and a half and everyone listened carefully in the red hot sun. After some time we started marching around the village. As soon as we finished the march we went
straight on the bus and headed for Platania to have lunch at a picnic site. We stayed there for about half an hour and then we headed back to Limassol. Over all it
was a great experience and we made lots of new friends.By Demetra and Natalia. ( Older Scouts ).
Foxes, Hawks and Tigers Patrols Overnight Camp 27th - 28th October.
We arrived at the scout hut at 9 o’clock. We all sat down and started to discuss the bronze requirements till 11:30
and then we did the 10 minute challenge where we built a tower. Later on, at around 2pm, we ate lunch. When it
was time for the meeting, we got on parade and put up the flag, and then, we played milo. After that, we had our
break. We then chose which badge we wanted to do (either the cooks badge, athletics badge etc.) and we started
talking about what we need to do to get that badge. After 20 minutes we had the going up parade, where new
people got invested and awards were given out. When we finished we took a bus to Germasoyia village where we
started our lantern march and we finished up at Moutagiaka. All parents and kids were invited to have drinks and
snacks. When everyone had left, we went back down to Germasogia, set up tents and at dinner (which was pizza.
YUM!). After that, we had a campfire where we sang songs like baby shark and did sketches. Then, at around
11pm, we went to bed. We were the woken up at 7am. We were split up into groups and some people did exercise
and some people made pancakes. It took quite a long time to make breakfast, but it was worth it, because the
pancakes were very tasty. When we finished eating, we packed our bags and put down the tents. We cleaned up
and by the time we finished, our parents came to pick us up at 12 and that was the end of the camp. I enjoyed the
camp very much because it was very fun. By Michael M ( Scout ).
Joti Camp 20th - 21st October 2018.
We first had our usual meeting at 3pm until 5.30pm. Once the meeting had finished we took our things to
the cub room and arranged them for the evening. We all changed into comfortable clothes. Afterwards we
started the cooking for dinner. This included souvlakia, jackets potatoes and salad. Once all had eaten
we cleaned up and washed up. We organized the camp fire, where we sang and did some sketches. At
ten o’clock the first patrol started with the joti. My patrol (eagles) took over at 12 midnight until 2.30am. We
split up into pairs and we took from a list of names and started chatting to other scouts from Australia,
Indonesia, England and Denmark. At the end of the chat we exchanged jid codes. We managed to collect
around 40 codes. Returned then to sleep. We woke around 8am and started breakfast. We had
scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon and bread. We also had hot chocolate which went down great!! Once
we all finished we cleaned up and packed up our things. Once this was done we split into groups for
those doing the bronze and silver leaf. We chatted to see what requirements are needed. Overall I was
happy of the outcome. Best of we got our Joti badge. By Lucas APL Eagles