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Our 1st session back since Ramadhaan, the girls enjoyed a session of firelighting and backwoods cooking, they made pizza pockets from scratch and has stores for dessert. We said goodbye to one of our leaders, two of our new explorers took their promises and one of our Explorers received their Bronze DofE award.
Alhamdulillah 7th Goodmayes took part in the inaugural Al-Noor Dragon Boat Race, we had two boats, a ladies team and a mens team. Our ladies team consisted of some of our Explorers and some of our Scout Leaders. We took part in four boat races, and came 3rd place out of a total of 7 women’s teams and went home with Bronze medals! It was an incredibly fun day and we are already looking forward to taking part again next year InShaAllah. We also managed to raise a total of £4536 for charity!
I would like to thank Muslim Scouts for playing a positive role in my sons life. Not only did he learn valuable skills and Islamic values through subtle incorporation of Islamic activities; but he is also now motivated to remain physically fit in an age where children are drawn to technology in their free time. Through introducing my son to BJJ, he is now excelling in the sport in National Competitions. They have been incredibly supportive and motivating when my son faced challenges and uphold a high standard of scouts training in a warm environment.
Ali Shahid, Explorer
Ayesha Karim, one of our explorers was lucky to be a part of the RAF 100 STEM Residential, here is what she had to say about it:
STEM Residential in RAF Wittering, Peterborough
Recently, I was offered the amazing opportunity to participate in the RAF 100 STEM residential. I stayed for a week at the RAF Wittering Air Base with 99 other members of uniformed groups ranging from Scouts and Guides to Air and Sea Cadets.
During the week, I participated in a variety of different workshops and activities, in order to work towards gaining my Silver CREST Award and my Silver Industrial Cadet Award. Our main task throughout the camp was to work on ‘Operation Falcon Relief’, where we had to plan a humanitarian rescue mission to a country hit by an earthquake. I learnt lots of new skills, not only in terms of how to plan a large-scale operation, but also the more practical elements – for example, working outdoors to set up fuel lines for a real aeroplane, learning the mathematics and science behind creating strong and stable structures such as radar towers, and how to cook using ration packs to cater for thousands of people. It was great to be able to apply in practice everything that we were being taught in theory inside the RAF classroom – which is often impossible in school due to a lack of resources.
Additionally, I met lots of incredible people working both in the RAF and other engineering organisations. We were able to work along side them as they went about their day to day jobs – I was amazed at the level of work required in each specific field. For example, we worked with inspection engineers and used ultrasound to find cracks in the wing of a plane; it took me one hour to cover about 10 square centimetres! I can sincerely say that I do not think I would ever have had the chance to experience anything similar anywhere else – and the opportunity to use all the resources and skills at the disposable of the RAF was incredible.
Finally, it was a wonderful experience to see how other uniformed organizations worked. Most of the students were air, navy or army cadets, and so generally worked quite differently to scouts. Although it felt quite intimidating at first as I did not know anyone when I arrived at the base on that cold, rainy and windy day in Peterborough – by the time I left I had made friends from all of the UK that I know that I will stay in touch with for many years to come. It was definitely the experience of a lifetime.
Fun session with lots of visitors. We were joined by Kresh Veersamy who introduced the girls to unihoc which they thoroughly enjoyed, we said goodbye to one our explorers, but she will be back to join us as a young leader and some of the girls received their Bronze Duke Of Edinburgh certificates from Richard Catchpole.
Alhamdulillah, our Explorers were lucky enough to join the the MSF team for another adventure. We had an action packed weekend travelling to Scotland. We warmed up for the big hike with a lovely tour of Edinburgh, conducted by a Scottish Scout leader. The morning of the hike was a tough one, having slept very late and being woken up far too early. The 3 hour coach journey from Edinburgh to Glen Nevis was one of many snores, interrupted only by the stunning mountainous views. The hike began with high spirits, excitement and nerves as all 108 scout members gathered at the bottom on a surprisingly sunny and warm day, not the -11 degree showery day that we had prepared for!