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Chubb fire demos are a roaring success In 2010, Chubb renewed its sponsorship of the Fire Safety Activity Badge. It offers Scouts invaluable advice on fire prevention, detection and escape routes, and helps them to understand causes, calling the Fire Brigade, and fire safety for the home

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s the badge requires Scouts to be able to recognise various fire extinguishers, and know what kinds of fire they should be used on, Chubb Fire also offers live fire demonstrations, giving Scouts the opportunity to try using fire extinguishers and fire blankets on a live fire in a controlled environment. Across the course of 2010, Chubb Fire offered a series of demonstrations hosted at fire stations across the country. The last date in 2010 saw 52 Scouts visit Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service’s South Park Training Centre to

participate in a demonstration from Chubb Fire Training Officer Bob Middleton and Station Manager, David Hopkins, in order to complete their Fire Safety Badge. These hands-on events always prove extremely popular, with more events planned for 2011 in Surrey, Cheltenham, Shoreham and Sheffield – dates to be confirmed. more info For further details on the Fire Safety Badge, visit www.chubb.co.uk and go to the News & Resources page.

New year adventures Kick-start 2011 by introducing your Troop to the Puffin Adventure Challenge Award Take your Scouts on extreme adventures that will test their skills to the limit with Puffin’s most popular adventure book series. These include Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, Young Samurai by Chris Bradford, TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow and The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Three steps to get you started: 1. Visit www.scouts.org.uk/puffin to download your activity cards and wall chart, ready for your next meeting. 2. Get your Troops’ adrenaline racing by showing them the introductory video from Chris Bradford, Puffin Adventure Challenge Award Champion and Young Samurai author, which is also available on the website. 3. Discuss what they think makes an epic adventure.

Two brilliant new books Take a walk on the wild side with the Scarrow brothers this February. TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code, the third book in the mind-blowing fantasy series, sees the time-travelling trio return to Sherwood Forest in 1193 to discover the origins of an ancient coded manuscript. Alex’s brother, and award-winning adult author, Simon Scarrow, releases his first book for children: Gladiator: Fight for Freedom at the same time. Recruited as a gladiator, young Marcus Cornelius Primus faces a new life of brutal training, governed by strict rules, as he learns the skills of an elite warrior. Both make excellent reading for adventure-loving Scouts... and their leaders.

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Cross border ties The International Links Scheme is looking for Scout Troops Hiking tips for urban and rural environments Identifying the es...