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Monopoly

Last night, like every other Tuesday, me and the other Stam members got together at our clubhouse in Groessen. It were a slow night though, only 5 of the 13 who normally attend were present. Didn’t stop us from enjoying the evening though!

We decided to play an old board game, Monopoly.

We really had fun once the game got really exciting! I came to the conclusion that it is worth the money to buy the electricity and water companies and try to avoid one person possessing all the stations. Also that Hotels are a bitch and you spend basically all your time counting your money.

Obviously, I totally lost but I had a great time watching Dominic and Thijs V bugging each other while Rik quitly build way to much hotels and Thijs D and me nearly hitting rock bottom and got lucky at the last minute.

Just some pictures of last night


Getting started


Still got some money!


Got to this part of the board? You’re fucked..


..about 3 hours later

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Blog, Scouting

 

Stam goes Normandië

This year our group decided to locate our campsite at the Normandy coastline. Sainte Marie du Mont has a very kind Mayor, he welcomed us with a smile and gave us one of his pastures to put up our tents. We even were allowed to use his neatly cut firewood for our campfire all week! The campsite was great, thank you mister Mayor!

We’ve done and seen loads of stuff in Normandy! Mostly World War II related, but that stuff is really fascinating so it didn’t bother us at all! We’ve been to Utah Beach, seen it’s museum and our last afternoon we went swimming in the same waters the American soldiers fought their way into France. That idea spooked us a bit, but it was a nice day never the less. We’ve also seen Omaha Beach and it’s museum, which looked a lot like Utha Beach.

We’ve also visited Pointe du Hoc, which is located between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach. Pointe du Hoc used to be occupied by the Germans, they had build quite a few bunkers on a rather small patch of land there. They also had build huge canons there which could reach Utah and Omaha Beach with quite a precision, especially for that time considering the technology back then. It was a priority to take out those canons as soon as possible so the Americans formed a special unit to accomplish this dangerous task. Most of them didn’t even make it to the top of the cliff.

Later that week we went to Gold Beach, where the British troops landed. Here you could still see enormous boulders lying at the horizon. These boulders are the remains of an American make-shift harbor to get supplies to the troops. We’ve also been to a special 360 degrees cinema. We entered a circular room with cinema projection screens all around us. Suddenly all around us started to show scraps of video material which was actually shot during the war! Sounds of chaos, gunfight, explosions and war surrounded us completely. I actually started to feel confused and a wee bit frightened.

War brings death. Therefore we visited the German, English and American war cemeteries. Each of them more impressive than the other. The English one actually made me cry. Every stone there carried a message of the people the soldier left behind, some of them where heartbreaking.

Ofcourse we also did other stuff. We cooked together and made fun around the fire. We drank wine and beer and talked and laughed till late. We also visited villages, went swimming and we’ve played lasergame in Caen. I know there’s a lot I’m forgetting right now, but we enjoyed ourselves. That’s what’s important!

I can’t wait till next year!


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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Scouting

 

RSW: The Weekend


SOME OF MY SCOUTS AT THE GRAND FINALE

After hours of preparations, practice, informing and grooming our scouts the moment finally arrived. The RSW was about to begin. Our scouts have worked so hard and picked up on so many new techniques on such a short time that I have to admit I was already proud on them.

When Kees and I arrived at the campsite that morning, people where already unpacking and sorting material all over the place. I wasn’t sure I could help at all. So I started wondering around the grounds and made some pictures. I met a load of nice people of the Trolls subcamp-staff, with whom I stayed for a chat for a while. I helped putting up a massive tent at the Werewolf subcamp and tried to help at the firepit, but failed. Haha. I did have a good time already.

As we where still enjoying our dinner together, French fries, kids started showing up. So we quickly finished our fries and lead the children to the right places. As the kids started transferring their luggage and material to their own campsite we had to change and get into our theme-cloths, which in our case was vampires. I had the fangs and everything! It was a kind of slow evening.. The kids had their subcamp introductions and had to build their own campsites. In the meanwhile I was meeting more and more awesome people!

Later that night al the kids where rounded up in the firepit. All three subcamps came up with their own yell, which they presented towards each other on the top of their lungs. That was kind of funny! The kids got a midnight snack and there was a word of welcome. After that everyone went back to their own subcamps, getting ready for bed. We stayed up late with a few and had a good time with some beers and the bonfire. I barely slept that night, I just couldn’t keep myself warm inside my sleeping bag. And the fact that I lay on top of a massive pinecone didn’t really help.

That morning we had breakfast and organized the people who would post on the hike that afternoon. Kees and I where made post 1 and we had to come up with a game. We monitored the game called Creating Monsters, which goes like this: You have a group of people, say 5, which means you’ll have 20 hands and 20 feet to work with. If I tell them to build a monster with 8 feet and 11 hands, the whole group has to adjust till they got 8 feet and 11 hands on the floor. Nothing more, nothing less. So they have to piggybacks and stuff to succeed. They got 5 minutes to build as many monsters as they could, one point for every finished monster. It really was a fun sight to look at!

After all the kids had passed our post we could leave. Three kids had stayed with us, bellyaches and blisters. Lucky for us Roel stayed with his car nearby. Feeling adventurous, we made our way trough the woods using non existing roads. Till ofcourse, things went wrong. The little van wasn’t build to take us up hill trough loose dry sand. We where stuck. It has taken us over 40 minutes to free ourselves again, which would’ve took even longer if I hadn’t spent so much hours watching Ultimate Survival in the past, haha! Like a real Bear Grylls we dug a hole in front of the wheels and poked in a buckload of sticks and moss. It worked! I was very excited about the whole awesome stuck-in-the-sand adventure, unfortunately the “sick” kids didn’t see is that way.

We didn’t really do much the rest of that afternoon. Ivo asked me if I could help judging that evening, so I did. Which was fun till I had to taste the food the kids had made, which meant I had like a gazillion plates with slightly different prepared food which I had to eat and actually consider the taste, blegh. I felt a bit sick after that, just for a while though.

That evening the kids could preform on open podium if they wanted. So we watched that and after the open podium there was music. It was fun dancing around and acting all crazy. Again we stayed at the bonfire while the kids went to bed. I also went with Ivo, Niels and Jaap trough the McDrive that night.

Thunder woke me up the next morning. It started raining like crazy right after that.. Luckily the rain didn’t last long, but long enough to soak everything. A wonderful start of the day, haha.. The sun was shining again as we started breakfast though. After breakfast we started breaking down the tents and kitchens. I helped Niels judging the Witches subcamp. Then something went wrong. Three of my fingers got smashes between 2 metal trunks! It hurt like hell and got all blue and everything.. After a while we decided I should get to the hospital to have my fingers checked. Jaap took me, also for his own benefit of a clean toilet I must say haha! At the hospital they took Xray pictures and feared one of my fingers was broken. They took some extra Xrays and came to the conclusion It wasn’t broken, thank god! But I did render those three fingers useless for the upcoming 2 weeks. Damn..

As we got back, the skilldrive had already began. It looked like a chaotic mess.. I didn’t really get it. The kids enjoyed themselves though, which was the most important thing. The skilldrive kinda abruptly came to an end as the weather seemed to turn ugly. So the kids had to make sure everything was packed and if they hadn’t forgot to take some stuff from their subcamp.

The grand finale took place in the firepit that afternoon, aunt Beppie and aunt Annie hosted the whole ceremony. It was a blast! Out of the 43 competing groups, my scouts ended 30th, 20th and 17th place! Well done! I truly am very proud of them!

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2011 in Blog, Scouting, Video

 

RSW: Navigation

This week we tried to teach our scouts how to navigate. There are many forms of navigation and we started with the two most common ones, the compass and the map. We noticed the kids didn’t really liked it because It took a lot of concentration but they all did understand is was a necessary skill to learn. I was really glad they took it that way!

The compass

It is a easy instrument once you understand how it works. The needle always points North, that’s the most important thing to know about the compass. Further more you’ll need to know in which order you’ll have to arrange the other 3 compass points, East South and West. We have a little sentence in the Netherlands to remember the correct order “Nooit (North/Noord) Op (East/Oost) Zondag (South/Zuid) Werken (West/West)

The Map
We also explained how to read and use a map. Like you’ll have to know the “map-north”, the legend and the altitude-lines. They got it really quickly! We didn’t teach them coordinates jet, but we will eventually 🙂

Navigation
I really think it’s a good thing to teach kids how to read a map and think for themselves. It’s been made very easy now a days using navigation on your TomTom or on your phone. And people tend to trust those devices more then their own mind. I think that’s a bad thing, to be that dependent on something that runs on a battery. Just imagine, your battery runs low and you don’t have a clue where you are. How do you expect to get home? Some people can’t even find their own homes from the neighbor-town without their navigation. It really makes me sad.
Don’t get me wrong, I use my navigation too. But I never lose track of where I am, just in case. I never trust something that thinks with a chip and eats batteries. I know I can read a map, use a compass, find the North due to the stars and I can even find the North with the moss that grows on trees. I think I’ll be safe when I’ll get lost, and I want my scouts to be as well.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Blog, Scouting

 

RSW: Pionieren

We decided to send our scouts to the RSW this year. RSW means Regionale Scouting Wedstrijden (Regional Scouts Competitions). This is a weekend filled with scout-activities such as hiking, coördinates, cooking, build your own kitchen, setup your tent and much more. The scouts can earn points for everything and of course the team with the most points wins.

We really want our own scouts to stand a chance against all the others so we dedicate loads of time now on practicing all different kinds of techniques.

First I wanted to teach them how to build your own kitchen, scouts-wise. We started by explaining which knots should be used in which situation and that it is important to make them as tight as possible. If you don’t you’ll have an unstable table or the poles you sit on as bank will start rolling around. You don’t want that!

Luckily they got the hang of the knots very quick and we could start on explaining how to construct the kitchen, Which looks like this:

Every scout got their own pile of sticks, rope and a scouting-kitchen-for-dummies-manual and had to build their kitchen. It was not a very fun activity to do, but once you understand how a kitchen is constructed you’ll be able to build one the rest of your life. I hope they’ll remember it once they’re on the RSW, cause there is no guidance allowed to help the scouts.

Next we’ll go and teach them how to use a compass, which should be fun!

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Blog, Scouting

 

Training

Nearly 6 years I’ve been a Guide at my local Scouting, Scouting Groessen. But I’ve never done anything to learn certain skills you need to guide your young Welps properly. Everything went well, Since a few months I’ve been occupying the post as Scouts Guide as well, so I felt a training would be in order! Funny enough almost my whole guiding-team felt that same way so we went all together! So Afke, Stefanie, Bernward, Joost, Debby and myself were buckled up for a new adventure!

We had our first meeting at an friday evening at the scoutingbuilding in Westervoort. We had loads of fun that evening even though all we had to do was sit quit and pay attention to a powerpoint. I don’t realy remember what they told us, to be fair. I only know they told us about the new way of Scouting, what all canged and somewhere along the powerpoint, I stopped listening.

Shortly after that followed the first trainings weekend. Debby decided not to join us anymore so we where one (wo)man down in number. We had to sit through buckloads of powerpoints and long speeches. But fortunately the staff planned a massive amount of coffie breaks in between! We had to split the group halfway through the first day. My own team all went with the Welps group and I stayed behind with a little group dedicaded to the Scouts. We started talking about age-bound specifics of a child and about gameplay. I got loads of good advise from that moment on! After dinner we hat time off to get ready for the Regional Scouting Party wich we would attent to later that evening. The evidence of the fun we had:


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There was a great bonfire burning at the trainings host-building when we got back that night. So we continued having fun there. I realy had a great night! You can see the pictures if you want, just go to this post.
Unfortunately we had to get up realy early the next morning for a brand new day of more talks and more powerpoint. It sounds boring, I know. But I realy had a great time meeting all those people and hanging out with them 😀

Last weekend we had the last trainings weekend. Unfortunately Bernward fell ill a day previous, so he couldn’t come. This weekend was dedicaded to theme and how to apply it to a evening or a camp. Our theme was Asterix and Obelix. The group was devided in teams of 4. We had to stand for a court to convince them why we should get a place in their village to practice the arts of Scouting. This all because Julius Caeser decided to build an Roman post on our clubhouse. Furthermore we had an game called Menhir race. You had to run down a parcourt with a large barrol on your back like a Menhir. Last we played a game simular to sissy-rugby we call at home KwalleBallen, but we played it with an ordinary ball in stead of craploads of dirt! After dinner we had a few speeches in seperate groups again, I myself went with the scouts-group. That evening we build a massive bonfire, had craploads of beers and made ourselves a good time 😀 At 5.30 AM I decided it was a good time to go to bed. 8.00 AM we had to get up again :’) I didn’t mind, just felt a bit nauseous of barely sleeping. We had a little few speeches and presentations that morning and plenty of free time for coffie and enjoying the sun 😀

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I had a great time and I’m realy looking foreward to meeting up with a bunch of those silly friends again. ‘Cause I think that’s wat we’ve become, friends.

Oh.. and officially licensed Scouting Guides ofcourse!

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in Blog, Scouting, Video

 

The adventure we called “Explorers”

I’ve been a scout ever since I could remember, and we’ve done loads of fun stuff! We made trips to the forest, museums and even themeparks. But the activity every scout looks forward to is Summer Camp! An whole week of fun and camping and no parents 😀 It’s absolutely the best way to spend a week of your summer vacation!
I became a “Explorers” in 2005, and kind of documented my summer camps ever since. Here you will witness or adventures!


Summer camp 2006 – Pilzen, Czech Republic



Summer camp 2007 – Ardennen, Belgium



Summer camp 2008 – ‘s Gravezanden, Netherlands



Summer camp 2009 – Mook, Netherlands



Summer camp 2010 – Kandersteg, Switzerland

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2011 in Blog, Scouting, Video, Web