Our Pfadfinder Joey scouts enjoyed making some giant bubbles, using special bubble mixture and bubble wands they made themselves.
Our cubs wanted to join in at the end too, and so they cleverly fashioned makeshift bubble wands out of loops of long grass.
There are two giant bubble mixture recipes below. For both recipes it is important to mix slowly so you don’t make it froth, and we were advised by experts that it is best to make the mixture a day or more ahead of time.
Recipe 1 1 teaspoon guar gum (you can get this from health food stores) 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol (you can get this from the chemist) 9.5 tablespoons dishwashing detergent (Fairy is the best brand) 3.5 litres of water
Recipe 2 1 teaspoon guar gum (you can get this from health food stores) 2 teaspoons glycerine (you can get this from the chemist) 1 teaspoon baking powder 6 tablespoons dishwashing detergent (Fairy is the best brand) 2 litres of water
Happy bubble making!
Thanks to our wonderful Joey scout leader Rakali for leading this amazing session!
Our Pfadfinder Cubs enjoyed another great evening organised by Venturer Scout Amelia. One week, Amelia helped the cubs to make delicious and rainbow coloured unicorn fudge. She is passionate about the environment and caring for animals, so this week she organised a cub session to make Alfresco Apple Bird Cafes.
The recipe is simple and the results are greatly appreciated by the local wildlife – both winged and furry. The cubs studded cut apples with delicious seeds, and suspended the decorated apples in trees. This of course required some tree climbing, and we are pretty good at that at Pfadfinder.
The GAP children enjoyed creating their own lanterns this year, out of recycled materials and sticks from the park. We added a tea light candle and some ribbon, and took them out in the park to test them out.
Duncan and Jacita of Wirudji Echoes aboriginal education group always give us such an energetic and powerful presentation. We learn about artefacts, we laugh at Duncan’s funny jokes, we sing Wirudji songs with Jacita to Duncan’s traditional music, we get to practice saying Wirudji words, we hear the rainbow snake creation story while Duncan draws us our own Aboriginal artwork to colour in, and once we have our warrior or berry princess face paint on we dance like kangaroos and rainbow snakes. It is a fabulous event!
At the GAP, we absolutely love the arboretum and our favourite guide, Heather.
This year we decided to stay a whole day there, so we had six glorious hours amongst the trees, in the sunshine and fresh air. We had perfect weather for our excursion too.
We got to play on the acorn playground, have a tour with Heather, hear a garden fairy story, have morning tea on the deck with sweeping views of green hills below, imagine ourselves as tiny folk in the bonsai garden, smell apple pie plants in the sensory garden, have lunch in the dappled shade amongst beautiful flowers and aromatic plants, see birds’ nests, go for long walks, relax on picnic blankets under trees in the STEP gardens watching fluffy clouds drift slowly by, see a frog pond, climb a hill, learn about cuckoos and magpies and butterbum birds.
The scouts and venturers organised a fun colour run for the joeys and cubs down by Lake Burley Griffin. For a colour run, you don’t put on your best clothes, because along the running route you are going to get doused in brightly coloured powder. Each colour station you pass coats you in a different colour as the people there toss buckets of powder on you. By the time you have completed the running route, you are pretty much your own rainbow!
At first we thought the weather was dreadful for our colour run… it was really windy and it started to rain. But then… guess what? An actual rainbow came out just as we finished our colour run! How amazing is that?!