All the best Troops this year make Skylons! That seems to have been the slogan this year. Whilst at their summer camp Scouts and Senior Scouts the 94th North London Group built this massive Skylon. It took them almost a day to assemble and erect. The Skylon withstood a terrific thundestorm with a high wind and lashing rain on the last night of the camp. It was designed several months before the camp and even a scale model was built. (That's the way to go about it, blokes)
Readers may be interested in the following details: Total height 60ft. From the ground to the base of the mast 6ft. 6ins. ; size of poles used 9ft. 6ins. long, 1 3/4 ins. diamter. Number of poles 21; height of three supporting masts 13ft. Apart from this there were twenty four lashing, each of which was tightened with wdges, and the total weight of the mast was 1 1/2 cwts. I really think the designers hsould be reported to the Festival Committee.
And the picture on the right is yet another Skylon. The story of its construction is told by the S.M. of the 5th Wednesbury Group, which was responsible for its erection. He says:-
All the Troops that have had a go at making Skylons this year seem to have had a great deal of fun in doing so as well as working out jolly good engineering feats.