Scout Sleepover and Chef Activity Badge


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Scout Sleepover and Chef Activity Badge

15 March 2017

On Saturday 11 March the Scouts had a  sleepover at the Scout Hut just off Lancaster Gardens. This allowed for an additional Night Away for the Staged Activity Badge as well as an opportunity to work on the Chef Activity Badge. Working towards this badge requires each Scout to be part of the planning, shopping, cooking and clearing up; very useful skills. As you will see below, they did, and had a lot of fun doing so.

Star of the show

When planning the sleepover we worried about our old cooker. The oven door would not stay shut making the cooking of anything half decent a real issue. Fortunately, Whitleigh Big Local came up trumps and bought us a new one, phase one of planned refurbishments of the hut so that more community projects are able to use it.


The Scouts prepared their menu during their regular Friday night meeting (19:00 – 21:00, new joiners welcome – see the main menu). It is hard to take all tastes into consideration but the final decision was to make pizza mains (so that everyone could choose their own toppings) with nacho starters and chocolate brownie dessert.

The first job after arriving on the Saturday afternoon then was to pop down to Whitleigh Green and buy all of the necessary ingredients. As much as possible the Scouts cooked with the basics, even making their own pizza dough rather than settle for pre-made bases.


With only a small kitchen it was important to split the ingredients between sub-groups and have the Scouts take turns at the various tasks. Everyone got to work on the pizza dough and their own toppings. One patrol took on the starters and the other patrol the dessert. This level of cooperation and teamwork does not always come naturally but is something that the scouting method emphasises.


Of course, the best part of the Chef Badge was the eating. It was great to have everyone sat around the table together enjoying good food and good company.


After dinner and the chores the Scouts got to play games then watch some films together.

Later, they all set up tents inside the hut and a few managed to get some sleep.


Next morning, after a late start, there was a substantial breakfast before more games.

Most parents arrived about lunchtime ending the fun for this time.

There will be at least 3 proper camps through the summer. Dates/venues to be confirmed – but at least we now know the Scouts will not starve.