Mad Scientists and Ghosts

Published on 20/03/2015 by David Stokes.

In the middle of March 2015, Explorer Scouts from the Phoenix ESU played ‘Mad Scientist’ and found out all about the ghosts of Newcastle.

IMG_1988For the first week (12th March), half of the Unit stayed in to do ‘Science Night’ while the other half went on a Ghost Walk in Newcastle and on the second week (19th March) almost everyone swapped over.

The Ghost Walks were led by Susan Lynn, a keen local historian and mother of local Scout Leader Nathan. Meeting at Newcastle’s recently refurbished Central Station, the groups of Explorer Scouts were led on a spooky tour of Newcastle’s City Centre and Quaysides, with parts of the tour being surprisingly quiet and dark for a bustling City.

As well as being entertaining and atmospheric (Susan dressed in period costume to add atmosphere) it was also informative and… spooky. After being taken to look for ghosts on various camp sites some of the Explorer Scouts chose not to go on the Ghost Walk… so what do they know that the rest of us don’t?

IMG_20150312_191853Science night back at 1st Winlaton saw the Explorer Scouts playing the role of ‘Mad’ Scientist – making and playing with non-Newtonian fluids, experimenting making bubble fountains using the effects of nucleation, seeing how detergents can form and break up emulsions, forming water vapour clouds in bottles and squeezing eggs into bottles using just pressure differentiation. All this was done using household materials and it was a great chance to make a mess. Great fun was had by all, as you can see from the video.


Our thanks go to all the Leaders involved in preparing and running the evenings and a special thanks go to Susan Lynn for a couple of great evenings out in Newcastle. There are of course more photographs in the Gallery.