Scouts and Cubs combined at the beach this week to take advantage of summer daylight savings. Sascha and Jess ran a fun program at Elwood beach that got everyone working in Patrols. Scouts helped Cubs with lashings and other knots and from what I could see everyone had a great (albeit windswept) night!
I’d like to welcome Daniel and Hugo to the fold. Both boys knew their Scout Law and Promise and said they would live by those gold standards. So they received their badges, scarves, caps and after an almighty WOOOF they joined their new Six and the night began with learning all the basic Scout knots. An oldie but a goodie.
Two new Scouts joined our group last night. Leah and Jacob hadn’t attended Scouts before this term and loved it so much they were invested last night. We welcome both into our group as we do to their respective families. Both families have ties back to scouting. Jacob’s grandmother was a Guide leader in our very hall, and Leah’s stepdad Jason was a Scout in the Doncaster region back when your GL was a Scout.
We also had the going-up ceremony for Jay and Mark who leave Cubs and now start in Scouts. Akela wished them farewell as they left Cubs on the next stage of their Scouting life.
Cuboree 2017 was a roaring success. 7 of our cubs went along for four days of glorious fun. I want to thank our Cub leaders, Akela, Bagheera and Baloo and our parent helper Dion Cohen for all they did to make sure our cubs had a blast at Cuboree. A big thank you to John Syer of 9th Caulfield for taking on the role of Pack Leader for Pack 118 as well as the other leaders and parent helpers for Pack 118.
Here are some choice snaps from the event….
Last week the cubs slept over at the hall. They made their own pizzas from English muffins, watched a movie and just had a great fun night together. Thanks to Akela, Baloo and Hathi for organising the night and to Kieran the Cub Leader from Bailey Reserve for coming at the last minute to help our leaders.
Our Scouts and leaders attended the District ARAP on Wednesday. This is an annual meeting where we get to here how Scouting is going in our district which covers Glen Eira and Stonnington council areas, roughly. We picked up an runner-up award for most active Scout group for 2017! Awesome! I was super proud to hear our senior Scouts jump up in front of everyone and speak clearly and confidently about all the great things they have done this year in Scouts. Thanks to Jessica, Sascha and Dara for preparing your speech and executing it with such polish. And a special mention goes to Sascha who actually made time to come down even though it was his BIRTHDAY. Happy Birthday Sash!
Last night Amelie and Indy achieved their Bronze Boomerang! This is the first of three levels of achievement in the Award system in Cubs. These Cubs had to complete 10 sections to achieve this award. So a BIG congratulations and mazel tov, and we now await you both moving on to silver and then gold. As you can see from the photo the cubs received a resounding WOOOOF from the pack for their achievement.
Winners are grinners at last nights hugely successfully and immensely enjoyable Bingo night.
And oy, were there so many winners. From Bingo prizes, to raffle winners, on to marshmallow tower champions, to scavenger hunt mavens. There was something for everyone.
Big thanks goes to Jeremy for organising the night. Our dedicated parents committee for their support. Symona, Steve, Rachael, Sharon, Jason, Ray and Ann.
Thank you to Gary to Zach for calling numbers.
Also another heartfelt thank you to our prize donors:
Auscamp, Caprice, Crown, Pageley, Party Bazaar, MJM Australia Imports, Vast Outdoors Hampton East, Mountain Designs Hampton East, and Rays Brighton
A final thank you to you for coming and supporting the night and our amazing Scout group.
We welcome 3 new Scouts tonight “linking up” (as we say) from Cubs. Jaida, Debbie and Oren will be missed in Cubs by Akela but now have all the fun of Scouts to look forward to. Starting with Masterchef night tonight. What a good choice for a 1st night!! We wish you well in the next exciting chapter of your Scouting adventure.
It is with GREAT pleasure that I was present at last nights presentation to Debbie Pastor for achieving her Grey Wolf Badge. This is a pinnacle award in Cubs, meaning it’s the highest achievement a Cub can reach. We haven’t enjoyed a Grey Wolf since 2014. So we are all super happy that Debbie has succeeded in all the requirements to reach this final goal before she links (starts) from Cubs to Scouts this week.
Murray Taylor (Cub Scout Commissioner for Victoria) spoke at the presentation and stated that only 5% of Cubs strive and achieve this award each year in Australia. Allan Anderson Cub Scout (District Leader for Cub Scouts) detailed all the things Debbie completed to achieve this award. This included:
- She has learned the value of having a collection with her collectors badge
- How to answer coded questions with her codes and signals badge
- What to do when someone hurts themselves with her first aid badge
- Reinforced her knowledge of how to read with her literature badge
- She created pack resource. Debbie created a jungle book version of the game “top trumps” which will help future generations of cubs learn about the jungle book and who the characters are, especially when Debbie comes back to cubs as a leader in 10 or so years!!
- She also had to plan and lead a 2 hour hike which she completed in the Dandenongs.
Debbie also spoke at the end of the presentation and thanks her parents, siblings and also our wonderful Cub Leaders that supported her on this journey. Privately Debbie’s father Nathan confirmed to me what we already knew, “When Debbie sets her mind to something she always completes it”.
Roy Kaplan (District Commissioner for Glen Eira Stonnington) also spoke briefly to commend 10th Caulfield on achieving a quadrumvirate of pinnacle awards. Meaning, that in just the last year we are fortunate to have members successfully attaining four pinnacle awards in Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers. Amazing!!
Well Debbie, we are very fortunate to have you in our Group and know you will get the most out of the next chapter of your Scouting life when you start at Scouts this Thursday. We look forward to all your future news and achievements. Mazel Tov!
Hannah Bloom was invested into cubs last night. We’d like to welcome Hannah into our community and hope she has an amazing time earning badges and enjoying all that Scouting has to offer. Welcome Hannah and her parents Laney and Stephen to the 10th Caulfield community.
Every year we attend the City of Glen Eira Anzac Day Commemorative Service. We participate in a service run by the City of Glen Eira by escorting members of the Returned Services League (RSL) and lay a wreath at the Cenotaph.
“Your honour, it is alleged that our esteemed co-group leader, Jeremy King did, on his on own recognisance, leave Terra Australis and sojourned to the land of milky skin and dampness to compete in a foot race on Sunday April 23rd, 2017, of a distance no greater than 26 miles and 385 yards towit The London Marathon. It is recognised by this Group that he did compete and indeed complete said foot race in the time of 3 minutes 57 seconds and 20 milliseconds, thus beating his target of 4 hours by a bees appendage. If it pleases the Group we’d like to wish Jez a hearty mazel tov on this outstanding bucket list achievement. When asked for comment King replied…”So. Much. Pain”.
Safe home mate.
With 70 people in attendance 10th Caulfield’s Family Camp was set to be big, and it was. The weather could not have been better. We ate well thanks to Mish’s cooking and guidance in the kitchen. All the parents, cubs and scouts on Food Patrols did an amazing job at preparing our meals. In fact everyone got into the camp spirit. There was a wonderful “we are all in this together” feeling this weekend with everyone participating in the fun and not so fun parts of camp life. My thanks go out to all the cubs, scouts, siblings, parents, my leaders Matt, Sarah and Jacob and my amazing wife Mish for making the weekend special and memorable.
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10th Caulfield just enjoyed a full weekend of fun, fantastic food and activities at our 1st ever Family Camp. Scouts, cubs and their families camped at Treetops Scout Campsite in Riddells Creek. One of the highlights was the 10th Caulfield’s Got Talent show on Saturday night. The final act was our very talented cub leaders Akela and Baloo… What did they get up to?
Click to find out: https://youtu.be/yrSnWadPpIA
10th Caulfield volunteered at the King David Festival to run the chocolate game for them. This was our way of helping King David and also showing the wider Jewish community who we are and what we do. It was a warm 31 degree day and the chocolate did look a little softer later on but we had fun encouraging the passers-by to flip a coin and try and land it on some chocolate. Some interesting techniques were employed to win. Many thanks to the adults, leaders and scouts and cubs that came and helped on the day.