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.
Jota - Joti weekend 21st - 22nd October 2017.
We had our normal scout meeting from 3:00pm to 5:30pm. We did all sorts of activities
in our scout meeting like learn the Phonetic Alphabet, Morse code and how to use flags
to message someone. After that we made our food in the dutch ovens. We made
chicken with potatoes and vegetables and a salad. There were 5 different methods we
could use to make the chicken. While it was cooking we put up our tents and changed
into more comfortable clothes. Then we had our delicious food that we made. We had a
campfire and some hot chocolate.
Then we went to bed and my patrol, Tigers woke up at 2 in the morning to take part in
Joti. At first I worked on the board, then after about half an hour I went on the Laptop, it
was fun I got to talk to a lot of Scouts around the world. We went back to bed at 4 o’
clock and woke up at 7 o’ clock. We had our breakfast, cleaned up and were called to
get on parade where the leaders gave us our badges. We were dismissed from scouts
after a long fun weekend. By Emmanuela ( Scout ).
K1.5 Assault hike 15th Oct 2017.
We all gathered at the Moutagiaka scout hut at 7:00am for kit check. We left by bus at around 7:45
and went to Saitas, the start. The hike distance was 14km and difficult for the new scouts. The
first hike is the hardest for everyone. We finished the first checkpoint easily. The second
checkpoint was the hardest, it was almost all uphill, 600 meters strait up, no track. When we
finished the second checkpoint, we were very tired, but we got what we were all waiting for, the
new K1.5 Hike T-shirts. We all liked them very much. We had our lunch there as well. Then we
moved on to the next and final checkpoint but unluckily for us it started to rain. We finished at
Troodos’ Square at around 15:00. We left all wet and arrived back at 16:00. We took our picture at
the scout hut because we couldn’t at Troodos’ Square, due to the rain. We had a great time and I
believe the K1.5 Hike is the best one and I will never get bored of it. (By Stylianos APL)
Above: Lions and Foxes Patrol
Geocaching in November 2016.
Above: Scouts split into 3
Groups for the Saving Energy,
Jobsman and Artist Badges
Patrol Competition Camp 8th - 9th April 2017.
Night Hike and three day Camp 17th - 19th March 2017.
We all arrived at the Moutayiaka scout hut at 4:00 pm on Friday to start our 3 Day
Hike/ Camp/ Pioneering workshop! We went on a 1 hour bus ride and arrived at
Silikou Old School which is where we will be camping. We set up our tents, had
some free time and at 8:30 we started getting ready for our night hike. We started
the incident night hike at 9:00 pm. We had lots of challenges which the hardest
one is to carry a Scout on a stretcher. We had dinner at 11:00 which was
speghetti bolognaise that gave us all the energy to continue going! Shortly after
dinner it started raining but thankfully we were close to the end. We finally finished
the night hike at 12:00 and we all slept like babies that night.
After a night of good sleep we woke up at 8:00am, had breakfast which was an
English breakfast prepared by the younger scouts. After breakfast we had a
pioneering workshop which we built an obstacle course. We had lunch which
was sandwiches and after that we had a friendly competition between patrols and
leaders which the leaders won. We then had an hour of free time and after that we
had a cooking competition. All Five patrols had to cook dinner (which was
Chicken Casserole, Salad and Mashed Potatoes) . After dinner we had a pancake
competition as well and we all challenged ourselves to flip pancakes. After that
we had a campfire and we went to bed at 10:30.
We woke up to music and leaders shaking our tents at 7:00am, did exercise and
had breakfast which was ham and cheese sandwiches. We had a bit of free time
until we set off to our hike. It was a really nice view and we finished the hike at
11am and we went back to the scout hut, ending our wonderful camp By Carys.
Jambowlree 25th Feb 2017.
The 53rd Scouts had their unofficial Jambowlree World Scout ten pin bowling Competition on
Saturday 25th Feb from 2.45pm to 5.00pm at Alien Bowling in My Mall. 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 2017 Jambowlree Badge for their Camp fire Blanket.
Overall it was a Great event and the 53rd will definatly take part in Jambowlree 2018.
Best bowler for the Scout Section was Thrasos and runner up Alexandros. The overall highest
average scoring Patrol trophy was won by Eagles 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 Dasoudi Beach.
Eagles win the first 53rd Scout
Master Chef Cookout.
28th Jan and 5th Feb. Trip to Pafos and Limassol Marina for the Archaeologist Badge.
Above: The 53rd Scout Running
team has been tarining every
Wednesday getting ready for the
4Km trail run on the 23rd April.
Winners of this years Patrol
Competition Camp: Eagles Patrol.
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 )