Archive for October, 2010

The Cyclist achievement badge
2. Name the different parts of a bicycle and explain their use.

Parts of the bike [PDF]


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Communication LEGO®

A great game to demonstrate communications skills.

• 2 matching sets of LEGO, to make things visible DUPLO is better
because of its size.
• 2 x Radios (Kids toy CB’s aren’t too bad)
• Two locations, not line of sight

Split into two teams : 1. Building – 2. Copying
One person from each team is comm’s officer (they have the radio)
The “Building” team places one block at a time, their comm’s officer relays the details of each block to the “Copying” team
The idea is for the Copying team to end up with exactly the same structure as the Building team put together
The two teams then swap roles and see how they go.

Clear, concise instructions and good listening skills will produce ideal results.

Communications LEGO (2003) [PDF]

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Morse Code

Red Code & Signals [PDF]
1. Explain what Morse Code is, who invented it and describe two ways it can be sent. Make a method of sending Morse Code and use it to send the international distress code.

Morse code

Morse code is a method of transmitting textual information as a series of on-off tones, lights, or clicks that can be directly understood by a skilled listener or observer without special equipment. The International Morse Code encodes the Roman alphabet, the Arabic numerals and a small set of punctuation and procedural signals as standardized sequences of short and long “dots” and “dashes”, or “dits” and “dahs”. Because many non-English natural languages use more than the 26 Roman letters, extensions to the Morse alphabet exist for those languages.

International Distress Code

SOS is the commonly used description for the international Morse code distress signal (· · · — — — · · ·). This distress signal was first adopted by the German government in radio regulations effective April 1, 1905, and became the worldwide standard under the second International Radiotelegraphic Convention, which was signed on November 3, 1906 and became effective on July 1, 1908. SOS remained the maritime radio distress signal until 1999, when it was replaced by the Global Maritime Distress Safety System. SOS is still recognized as a visual distress signal.

Distress signal
A distress signal is an internationally recognized means for obtaining help. Distress signals take the form of or are commonly made by using radio signals, displaying a visually detected item or illumination, or making an audible sound, from a distance.
A distress signal indicates that a person or group of people, ship, aircraft, or other vehicle is threatened by grave and imminent danger and requests immediate assistance. Use of distress signals in other circumstances may be against local or international law.

Global Maritime Distress Safety System
The Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) is an internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment, and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.
GMDSS consists of several systems, some of which are new, but many of which have been in operation for many years. The system is intended to perform the following functions: alerting (including position determination of the unit in distress), search and rescue coordination, locating (homing), maritime safety information broadcasts, general communications, and bridge-to-bridge communications. Specific radio carriage requirements depend upon the ship’s area of operation, rather than its tonnage. The system also provides redundant means of distress alerting, and emergency sources of power.


* MORSE CODE GENERATOR [www.athropolis.com]
Just type in your message, hit the “Make Morse Code” button, and “presto” – Morse Code!

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invisible ink

1. Write a message in invisible ink.

Invisible ink involves writing with a liquid which does not leave a visible mark, then treating the paper later to reveal the writing. One of the easiest to use invisible inks is lemon juice.

a.) Prepare your ink
The simplest method is to use lemon or onion juice to write with and let it dry.
Vinegar also works but is a less effective alternative.

b.) Write your secret message
You can try a cotton swab, a toothpick, a paintbrush, or calligraphy pen as your writing instrument.
Dip it into the invisible ink and write your message.
Allow the ink to dry, as the ink dries your message will disappear.

c.) Reveal the writing
To reveal the secret message heat the paper with a iron, or other heat source. Be careful not to heat the paper too much as the paper may catch fire!

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4. Use the International Phonetic Alphabet (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie) and use it to spell your name

The ICAO spelling alphabet, also called the NATO phonetic alphabet or the international radiotelephony spelling alphabet, is the most widely used spelling alphabet. Though often called “phonetic alphabets”, spelling alphabets have no connection to phonetic transcription systems like the International Phonetic Alphabet. Instead, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) alphabet assigns code words to the letters of the English alphabet acrophonically (Alfa for A, Bravo for B, etc.) so that critical combinations of letters (and numbers) can be pronounced and understood by those who transmit and receive voice messages by radio or telephone regardless of their native language, especially when the safety of navigation or persons is essential. The paramount reason is to ensure intelligibility of voice signals over radio links.

Chart of phonetic alphabet

A – alpha
B – bravo
C – charlie
D – delta
E – echo
F – foxtrot
G – golf
H – hotel
I – india
J – juliet
K – kilo
L – lima
M – mike
N – november
O – oscar
P – papa
Q – quebec
R – romeo
S – sierra
T – tango
U – uniform
V – victor
W – whiskey
X – x-ray
Y – yankee
Z – zulu
0 – zero
1 – wun
2 – two
3 – thu-ree
4 – Four-wer
5 – fife
6 – sixa
7 – Sev-un
8 – eight
9 – niner
. stop
, comma
! exclaim
– dash
= equals
+ plus
? question
. deysimal

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ScoutLinks October-2010

Citizenship consists in the service of the country”
— Jawaharlal Nehru


  • Cuboree 2010 Pack 115 photos [Flickr]
  • http://www.cuboree.com.au/
  • Cuboree 2010 [Facebook]
  • Chief Twit – Cuboree 2010 [Facebook]
  • #cuboree2010 – TweetGrid
  • Why Scouting magazines need good technical editors for technical articles. Not helping with the image guys;

    Today’s out-of-touch facepalm comes courtesy of Scouting magazine, the official publication of Boy Scouts of America. In an article on the “dilemma of downloading” music (h/t TechDirt) the unnamed authors helpfully suggest that parents should only play CDs that they’ve bought from stores, and that they shouldn’t play burned CDs — even if they contain legally purchased music. …
    Geekosystem (2010-Oct-01)

This is the third month of BSA’s new delivery system “Cub Scouts 2010“.

November – Citizenship
Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities. Cub Scouts develop good citizenship when they are learning about respecting the flag and providing service to the community

Boy’s Life Magazine
Links found in October 2010 Boys’ Life magazine

Victorian Venturers – Interchange Magazine OCT-2010

Scouts Tasmania
Tasmanian Branch Newsletter October 2010, Issue 9 [PDF]

Western Australian Scout eNews
Chief’s Corner – October 2010

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