53rd St Barnabas Scout Group Cyprus
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Christmas Camp 10th - 11th December 2016.
We arrived at the Platania campsite at around 10am and got sorted in our rooms. We then got on parade and
discussed as a Patrol the next challenge. We had around two hours to build a flagpole exactly 3.6m tall, start a fire
and cook eggs 4 different backwards style ways and build a shelter. No patrol got round to completing all the
activities successfully, so we all went to lunch once that was over. It was a fun and interesting activity that just
pointed out how much work on lashings and teamwork we all need. For lunch we had burgers with fries. We were all
given some time to unpack and change because we next had some really fun activities to complete. Leaders from
the 245th Scout group brought along bows, arrows and targets and we all had an archery session, taking it in turns
with the group using the air rifles. We then had a session on how to use oil lamps and we discussed possible
activities for each award. We all then had a go at lighting the lamps ourselves. Once that was over we all went to our
rooms for Some free time, while some stayed to set up for dinner. We had dinner and headed straight back to our
rooms until everything was set up for the movie we were going to watch. The movie was ‘Moana', but the scouts
were allowed to stay for a second film, ’Storks’. Halfway throughout the first movie we had a visit from “Santa” and we
all received chocolates. We all went back to our rooms once the movies were over and went straight to sleep. We
woke up and got dressed and did most of our packing. We headed down for breakfast in the freezing cold morning,
and our breakfast consisted of eggs, bread, milk, ham and cheese. To proceed to the next thrilling activities we had
to clean up. Those working on their bronze leaf built catapults while those working on their silver and gold built a
monkey bride a good 2 metres above a small stream running through the campsite. We took our projects down and
went to finish off packing. Our bus arrived to pick us up at around 11:30 and we headed straight off to Limassol. It
was a really fun weekend, and we are all looking forwards to it next year! Irene F (scout)
Scout hike and Camp 12th - 13th Nov.
We arrived at the scout hut nice and early .Then we got on the bus and drove to the
beginning of the hike nervously .From there we started to hike. We were all very excited. The
end of the hike was at the Yermasoyia scout hut so we had to hike all the way there. When
we arrived, we set up our tents quickly and changed out of our dirty clothes. Then the scouts
who were on their bronze leaf award had to do a first aid course .The rest started cooking
the food. When it was finally ready, we sat down with our patrols and dinner. It was very nice
and we enjoyed it. After that we cleaned up and it was time to watch a movie! It was very
interesting. When the movie ended, it was time to go to bed after a difficult day. Next morning
we woke up early and did some exercise. Then, it was time to cook breakfast! When it was
finally ready we sat down in excitement and ate. It was delicious! We didn’t have a lot of time
left, so we played a fun game of baseball. We had a lot of fun! Then our parents arrived and
it was time to go home, sadly. We had a very nice time! By Demetra.K
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 15th - 16th October 2016.
On Saturday 15th October the scouts had jota joti camp at the Moutayiaka Scout Hut. We had our
meeting as normal from 3.00pm to 5:30pm but after everyone was dismissed from parade we began to
put our tents up and got changed out of our scout uniforms. Foxes patrol was on duty so they got dinner
ready which was spaghetti bolognaise and they served and tidied up. After we had finished dinner, we
began to think about songs and sketches for campfire which was after an hour. During that time the
Patrol leaders were called in to pick a time out of the hat; Foxes were from 10 – 12, Eagles were 12 – 2,
Lions were 2 – 4, tigers were 4 – 6 and Hawks were 6 – 8. Each patrol wrote to scouts around the world
and collected jid codes under the supervision of our Leaders. Their patrol leaders pinned them to a
map with string attached to the country it was from and trust me it was not easy at all. When morning
came we had breakfast which was already made and then we began to put down our tents. Then we got
on parade and we were given our badges which were a khaki colour with a purple compass in the
middle. Then they announced who the winner was… DRUMROLL …… LIONS with 62 jids. At 10am we
were picked up after a long but fun day. Lynne (Scout)
K1.5 Assault hike 22nd Oct 2016.
We arrived at the scout hut at 7:30. First, we checked our bags to make sure we had the right
equipment, then we went on the bus to go to the start of the hike which was at the Okella
Restaurant in Siatas. We started the hike nice and easy at 9:00am. After walking for an hour,
we arrived at the first checkpoint, Messapotamos Monastery. After resting for a little bit, we
then started the hardest part of the hike - Climbing up the 1.5Km 700meter hight gain
bondou bash. We spent about two hours climbing and after that we arrived at checkpoint 2 .
At that point everyone was tired but were glad to finally arrive at the checkpoint where we got
our new K1.5 T-shirts which we were proud of. We had lunch and rested for a few more
minutes. Then we continued the hike. After walking for about 2 more hours, we arrived to
Troodos square at about 3.30pm. We were all relieved to know we finished the hike. We
finished the hike tired but very proud of ourselves. By Carys.
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 )