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 Post subject: Re: Would you like to assist with Kids in the Parks?
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:45 pm 
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Thanks Jonkers - I might just make a coffeetable book out of this - or maybe a scrapbook hey Caracal :twisted: ... I loved some of their names like the erdman and the draaijakkals I must say ... Im sure they have lots of names that I never heard unfortunately ..

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After the games, the kids came back to the main hall where 2 of the groups went outside with Jannie Bok and played a cool Kalahari Bingo game that Henriette had made with silhouettes of Kalahari birds and plants and animals and spoor etc etc – it was great ....The other 2 groups made really lovely Conservation mobiles .... there were pompoms to thread, hearts to stick, beads and buttons and flowers and butterflies to thread, knots to knot ... they were beautiful ....

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Our first group of kids was our “test run” in everything we did and we learnt a lot with them and what needed to be changed for the next 450 kids that were to come in the following weeks – we learnt that it’s really hard to do craft work with 50 kids at a time, especially when they are slightly ham-fisted and most can’t thread a needle or keep it threaded ( granted, the cord was quite thick ) and that the pompoms needed the strength of Samson to get the needle pulled through them ...

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After that we divided them up into Mobiles and Bingo and it worked much better with only 25 to handle at a time.... I found the easiest way to thread the needles was to squash the end with my Leatherman ( once a Scout, always a Scout :tongue: ) and then thread it – our pleas of “ don’t chew the ends of the cord” fell on deaf ears ( yukkkk – few things worse than getting handed a soggy string over and over again ) until they saw how much easier it was to let us help ... some of the needles had to be pulled through EVERYTHING with the pliers ... and some kids could only manage to thread 1 or 2 of the 7 or 8 goodies that went on ... so by the time that first group of 50 were finished, so were our hands, that were cramping and our poor fingers what with broken nails and chunks taken out of them by blunt needles - not to mention getting squished in the pliers on occasion :slap: ....... thankfully they had 2 days to recover before the next onslaught .....

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Making sure the heart was stuck on straight needed some intense concentration ....

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Perfect !!

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And some of the final products .... some of the Grade 6’s and 7’s – note the poses :D

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Scouter what beautiful children ... aand I am still laughing .. I think you all should take out insurance against broken nails etc .for you not the kids.
Next time you must get the boys skipping ropes and ask them to skip......girls take two seconds to pick it up but boys oh dear !!!
I must one day show you the video we took of our boys on tour in the Eastern Cape... Did you know it take 10 minutes to run through the cango caves and about 5 to run through the garden of eden. some sat at the back of the bus on the floor playing cards the entire trip of 10 days .(ages were between 8 and 15) so keep it coming Scouter .. I am sure these children will talk about this trip and what they learnt for years to come.

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:clap: ah Hugh, yes, I can just imagine ... I haven't had the priviledge of taking kids to the Cango Caves but I assume its all done at super-sonic speed :D Have done enough camping and road trips with scouts to know that kids can be really weird :tongue: - but in the nicest way of course !

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Sometimes you wish you could kill but they are nice kids .. and now that they are all grown they are all doing well for themselves.
So now we want more Scouter. :popcorn: When do you go back ???

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Hugh ..... next trip is prob only going to be March next year for the Cricket :cry: .... but hey, you NEVER know .... :whistle:

This is only part of the next installment ... if I've counted properly this will bring my photo count up to about 10 ...can't post any more I'm afraid .... :rtm:

Supper was a chicken curry with yummy samp – something I hadn’t had for absolute ages. And once supper was over and the dishes were washed, the spotlight was taken out from its hiding place in the corner and it was time for...... drum roll please ....... “Kalahari Konsert”.....

What can I say about the concert besides the fact that the first one left me totally confused and bewildered and in a slight state of mild hysteria and I don’t think I understood a single word anybody said :slap: Ok, it wasn’t quite that bad but only by the 3rd or 4th one was I starting to get the hang of it all .... oh and I will NEVER tire of “Jesus het my mooi gemaak” either :wink:
Those kids are SO talented vocally and have absolutely INCREDIBLE voices – there was a group of Gr 7 girls and one in particular that could have given any Idols finalist a run for their money - they sing so sweetly it can bring a tear to your eye but as for those dramatic scenes, oh my goodness - I think this photo of Niekus says it all ....
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There were skits and “scenarios” – mainly involving old people ( I think ) .... or maybe drunk people as there was lots of falling over that left me totally confused and wondering what was going on .....

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And there was dancing .......

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to be continued .... when the page turns :whistle: cough cough hint hint ...

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Good thing the kids were not miked then you would have had a hearing problems for days after. but some are soooo talented pity you dont have recordings of them.
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Loving this report Scouter! :clap: :dance: Thank you! :gflower:

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Great stuff, Scouter :gflower: now turn, page, turn!

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Arks you didn't write enough
but lets hope this letter does it

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It appears that you still need assistance Scouter. Now if we can get this page to turn,turn,turn....


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No luck Gandalf .. maybe this time



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Lovely photos Scouter :clap:
com eon page turn we want more!!

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Thanks all of you guys for reading and especially for dropping a quick comment - I have so many photos to post on each page I get to the 10 max very quickly and really don't want to break any more :rtm: on the forum :slap: ..... Next post coming up asap ..... :thumbs_up:

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