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Can you build a bottle boat?

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How to build a bottle boat.

From UK Scoutings Twitter feed today, have a got at a bottle boat.

Something form for the Scouts or Explorer age range, but do give it a go it looks fun!

You can try building a bottle boat (virtually) this week, and learn some basic sailing terminology along the way:

Want to find out more about Sailing?, if so a good place to start would be the RYA click here.


If using a hairdryer please make sure you ask the person who it is before using it and make sure it can not come into contact with water.

You can link some of your activities to our Badges for the Sections in Scouting please see

Map Reading for Beginners

The Navigator BadgeMap Reading for Beginners


About 50 years ago, I received my first lesson in Map Reading, at the age of eight I had just joined my local Cub Scout Pack.

A few weeks later we were on a pack holiday in the New Forest, and one of our Cub Scout leaders was teaching us map reading, its fair to say that I already had an interest in maps and navigation.

I won a compass on that holiday and still have it today, it used to go everywhere with me.

Here is a useful resource I came across for beginners map reading and wanted to share it with you.

Please have a look and start Map Reading for yourself.

Not a beginner! then check out these resources

Maps can also be used as a snapshot in time to see what the area looked like, if you go back to the 1970s you will see a very different picture of our village for example. Learning to Read Maps and Navigation are skills that last a lifetime. Since leaning Map Reading and Navigation Skills as a Cub Scout myself I have gone on to Teach Navigation awards and learned to Navigate at Sea.

How about having a look at the requirements of the Navigators Badge and remember we are here to help you!

Start Now the badge requirements can be found at

How to download pictures from the International Space Station

How to get pictures from the International Space Station via amateur radio

The ESA (European Space Station) also offers tutorial videos for how to receive #ISS Slow Scan TV pictures for computers and mobile devices.

You don’t need any expensive equipment, please watch the video.

The link below is to an instructional video intended to teach members of the general public how to receive pictures transmitted over amateur radio by the International Space Station. The content of this video is for educational purposes only.

Please watch this video to start

How to do this on windows o/s can be found here:

You can also listen to a number of radio bands using a USB DVB-T SDR try and get one with an RTL2832U / R820T2 chipset – these can be found for around £10 or if you want to pay a little bit more look at NB you don’t need one of these for the activities in the video above.

ISS infographic copyright esa

25 projects you can make at home

25 Projects you can make at Home.

25 Makerspace Projects for Kids

Thanks to Makerspace they have published 25 projects that Young People can do at Home.

Looking at them I am very tempted to have a go at some of them myself, so you could say they are for the not so young as well!

There are plenty of things to have a go at, pizza box circuit, circuit tiles, how to make a frog robot and a foam boat with a DC motor.

For full information please visit: