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Offline prb

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Re: Cubs and Scouts
« Reply #48 on: August 20, 2013, 23:41:11 »
St. Andrew`s, corner of Rose Street & Cossack Street maybe.

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Re: Cubs and Scouts
« Reply #47 on: August 20, 2013, 23:08:43 »
Hi Peterchall! I wonder if the scout/cub hall "somewhere off the Delce" was the same one I went to.
It had been a church at some time, pointy windows etc, all the windows had fine mesh chicken wire over them.
Think it may have ended its days as an Indian temple ?

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Re: Cubs and Scouts
« Reply #46 on: August 20, 2013, 21:44:01 »
Thanks for the complete wording of the Woodpecker song peterchall  :) Your version sounds a bit risqué  :)  :)  :)
It is about the hole that woodpeckers make in trees :) :)

I have limited experience of scouting because WW2 was on when I was the appropriate age, so we were limited to one evening a week in a hall somewhere off the Delce, Rochester. No camping, of course, and not even a full uniform due to clothes rationing. My main memory is of 2 games:

In one the members of each patrol took off their shoes and put them in a pile on the floor; then the lights were put out and the members had to find their shoes and put them on within a certain time limit, the winning patrol being the one who had got most of their correct shoes on. Because of the blackout it was truly dark – no outside light coming in via windows. I can’t remember what the game was called.

The other game was the classic ‘British Bulldog’. Is that still allowed?

My wife was a Guide leader, so my main memories of camping and camp fires are of camping with them. It was in the days when husbands of guiders were allowed to accompany them to camp, and I have happy memories of the annual district camp of 3 or 4 companies, with appropriate number of husbands, at Blacklands, near East Grinstead. Are male ‘slaves’ still allowed at Guide camps?

One guide game was to teach a group of girls to dance and sing, starting off very slowly and gradually increase speed – it sometimes took a little while before they realised they were dancing and singing “Oh what a fool I am, I am”
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Re: Cubs and Scouts
« Reply #45 on: August 20, 2013, 19:05:40 »
Thanks for the complete wording of the Woodpecker song peterchall  :) Your version sounds a bit risqué  :)  :)  :)

We only learned the two lines I posted - it could go on for ages. 

A lot of our members (including myself) weren't very bright so the Scoutmaster didn't like to tax us too much.  :)

The same went for the wheelbarrow song - just the one line repeated over and over again round the camp fire.  We did change the tempo or sing it in 'rounds' on occasions to heighten the excitement. 

I had a wheelbarrow, the wheel it went round.  I had a wheelbarrow, the wheel it went round.  I had a wheelbarrow, the wheel it went round.  I had a wheelbarrow, the wheel it went round.  I had a wheelbarrow, the wheel it went round.  I had a wheelbarrow, the wheel it went round.  I had a wheelbarrow, the wheel it went round.  I had a wheelbarrow, the wheel it went round.  I had a wheelbarrow, the wheel it went round.  ............ zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Re: Cubs and Scouts
« Reply #44 on: August 20, 2013, 11:40:14 »
A man put his hand in the woodpecker's hole and the woodpecker said, "REMOVE IT!"
So the man took his hand from the woodpecker's hole and the woodpecker said, "REPLACE IT!"

Repeat many times in unison around the camp fire until brain dead............

The full version, to the tune of ‘Dixie':

Walking through the woods one day
Beneath the midday sun
I was feeling bright and gay
And thought I’d have some fun, so

I put my finger in a woodpecker’s hole,
The woodpecker said “God bless my soul,
Take it out, take it out, take it out,
REMOVE IT”

I removed my finger from a woodpecker’s hole,
The woodpecker said “God bless my soul,
Put it back, put it back, put it back,
REPLACE IT”

I replaced my finger in a woodpecker’s hole,
The woodpecker said “God bless my soul,
Turn it round, turn it round, turn it round,
REVOLVE IT”

I revolved my finger in a woodpecker’s hole,
The woodpecker said “God bless my soul,
Take it back, take it back, take it back,
REVERSE IT”

I reversed my finger in a woodpecker’s hole,
The woodpecker said “God bless my soul,
Pull it back, push it in, in and out,
RECIPROCATE IT”

I reciprocated my finger in a woodpecker’s hole,
The woodpecker said “God bless my soul,
Speed it up, speed it up, speed it up,
ACCELERATE IT”

I accelerated my finger in a woodpecker’s hole,
The woodpecker said “God bless my soul,
Slow it down, slow it down, slow it down,
RETARD IT”

I retarded my finger in a woodpecker’s hole,
The woodpecker said “God bless my soul,
Take it back, take it back , take it back,
RETRACT IT”

I retracted my finger from a woodpecker’s hole,
The woodpecker said “God bless my soul,
Do it again, do it again, do it again,
REPEAT IT”

I put my finger in a woodpecker’s hole,
The woodpecker……


Another one in similar vein was:

There's a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza,
There's a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, a hole.
Then mend it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
Then mend it, dear Henry, dear Henry, mend it.

With what shall I mend it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
With what shall I mend it, dear Liza, with what?
With  straw, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
With  straw, dear Henry, dear Henry, with straw.

The straw is too long, dear Liza, dear Liza,
The straw is too long, dear Liza, too long,
Then cut it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
Then cut it, dear Henry, dear Henry, cut it.

With what shall I cut it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
With what shall I cut it, dear Liza, with what?
With a knife, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
With a knife, dear Henry, dear Henry, a knife.

The knife is too dull, dear Liza, dear Liza,
The knife is too dull, dear Liza, too dull.
Then sharpen it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry
Then sharpen it, dear Henry, dear Henry, sharpen it.

On what shall I sharpen it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
On what shall I sharpen it, dear Liza, on what?
On a stone, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
On a stone, dear Henry, dear Henry, a stone.

The stone is too dry, dear Liza, dear Liza,
The stone is too dry, dear Liza, too dry.
Well wet it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
Well wet it, dear Henry, dear Henry, wet it.

With what shall I wet it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
With what shall I wet it, dear Liza, with what?
Try water, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
Try water, dear Henry, dear Henry, water.

In what shall I fetch it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
In what shall I fetch it, dear Liza, in what?
In a bucket, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
In a bucket, dear Henry, dear Henry, a bucket.

There's a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza,
………
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Re: Cubs and Scouts
« Reply #43 on: August 20, 2013, 10:59:58 »
No girls in my time........

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Re: Cubs and Scouts
« Reply #42 on: August 20, 2013, 09:11:45 »
Greetings fellow members,
Is this a purely scouts and cubs thing, or can sea cadets/royal marine /army cadets /girly guiders :) :) :) contribute? :)

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Re: Cubs and Scouts
« Reply #41 on: August 20, 2013, 08:04:19 »
A man put his hand in the woodpecker's hole and the woodpecker said, "REMOVE IT!"
So the man took his hand from the woodpecker's hole and the woodpecker said, "REPLACE IT!"

Repeat many times in unison around the camp fire until brain dead............

Oh, Scouting was such fun  :)

JW

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Re: Cubs and Scouts
« Reply #40 on: August 20, 2013, 07:25:00 »
"My Eyes are dim I cannot see, I've dropped my specs down the WC"

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Re: Cubs and Scouts
« Reply #39 on: August 19, 2013, 22:40:52 »
Indeed, JW.

Rats as big as alley cats, and beavers with little meat cleavers :)

We also had   Butter-butter  a' streaming down the gutter! and Ants Ants in kilts and yellow pants!

I had a wheelbarrow - the wheel it went round!  And as for that woodpecker!

I'm sure scouting did us a lot of mental damage  :)

JW

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Re: Cubs and Scouts
« Reply #38 on: August 19, 2013, 20:49:45 »
Indeed, JW.

Rats as big as alley cats, and beavers with little meat cleavers :)
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Re: Cubs and Scouts
« Reply #37 on: August 19, 2013, 19:40:32 »
Ex cub and scout, All Saints Maidstone, ex cub leader, All Saints and Mote Park Maidstone.

Have camped at Buckmore Park, Halmet Wood (Maidstone's camp site, Stockett Lane, Coxheath, Loose Swiss's Camp, Tovil's site and seen the Memorial to Guy Gibson, and Hope Hill site at Meopham.

Also sound engineered many Gang Shows at the Hazlitt Theatre.

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« Reply #36 on: August 19, 2013, 09:25:51 »
So Apollo

You've seen 'chips as big as battleships' then  :)

JW

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« Reply #35 on: August 19, 2013, 00:39:50 »
My younger brother and I were Cubs in Dartford 8th Scouts for a few years. The group met, and indeed continues to meet, at the Hilton Hall in Oakfield Lane on Tuesday evenings.

I remember the group would occasionally meet at the Scout House on Broomhill Road to watch films (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang springs to mind), and enjoyed the occasional weekend outing (one place in Essex was reputedly haunted, had the remains of London Bridge in its grounds, and Dick Turpin passed through there on his way to York!) There we also learnt the "Quartermaster's Store" (much to the annoyance of my parents) and "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)".
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« Reply #34 on: August 18, 2013, 23:43:49 »
Doing a little research on the defence of East Kent in WW2, I was interviewing a man who was in the Scouts in Broadstairs, Thanet, in 1939.  He told me that the Broadstairs Scout Group were engaged in filling sand-bags down on the beach at Broadstairs and using a block and tackle to get them up to a lorry on the cliff-top. 
I wonder how many other groups of this type, sea-scouts, boys brigade, etc, volunteered in a similar way.

 

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