With any good science experiment, you need a hypothesis.
Our hypothesis was that Scouter Leaders are a tough bunch………and we proved it beyond any reasonable doubt.
In freezing temperatures, more than 100 Beaver Scouts and leaders braved the snow and biting wind to attend our district Experiment badge afternoon.
The Beavers tackled lots of challenges. They made lava lamps, elastic powered aeroplanes, Cartesian divers and Skittles rainbows. They also explored magnetism, electricity and the properties of floating objects and dancing raisins. They learned how to inflate a balloon with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda; how to confuse their legs; how to tell if an egg is cooked or raw (without dropping it) and why jelly is difficult to pick up with chopsticks – especially when you coat it in oil.
We played a small trick on them, when we challenged them to inflate a balloon inside a plastic bottle. The Beavers discovered that it’s impossible, unless you make a hole in the bottle.
Finally, they made some lovely Monster Goo.
A big thank you to all the leaders who managed to stay cheerful throughout the afternoon. Or maybe their smiles were just frozen in place! And a special mention must go to the young leaders from Tattenhams who dealt with the aftermath of the Monster Goo!
Looking forward to the next time, when hopefully we can also go outside to experiment with Mentos and Cola fountains, without the risk of hypothermia!