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.
As is the annual custom, Scouts finished 2017 with a bang at Sidetracked. Everyone drove a fast and furious go-kart session followed by a ultimate Laserforce battle. Who won? (apart from Matt and Tristan who have clearly spent too much time playing Laserforce), we are all winners!
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.
Last weekend our Scouts attended a major Scouting event, the 42nd Gilweroo at Bay Park campsite in Mount Martha. The weather could not have been better with mild nights and warm days, and all the torrential rain that hit Melbourne just gliding past us! Out Scouts participated is so many activities over the weekend, from BMX ridimg, sock wrestling, to Slot cars, Zorbing, Rocket lauchers, flying fox, T-shirt printing, Challenge valley, Archery, remote control cars and actually there were lots more. Craig and I kept the Scouts WELL fed and watered in between activities. We were surrounded by over 1500 Scouts at Bay Park in amongst the wonderfully woody bushland of the Bay Park campsite. It never felt crowded with each Scout group dwelling in their own campsite. This is my second time at Gilweroo and it’s such a well run event. So many happy faces as patrols walked from activity to activity.
Major thanks to Gary, Tristan and Matt who organised the weekend. Thanks to Craig Spiegel for his help in the kitchen.
And a big mazel tov to our two patrols the Boyz and the Girlz who attained a Gold award for their efforts! Well done!
We bid a fond farewell to Joel and Daniel who were simultaneously invested to our time-honoured tradition of the “Shower Parade”. This occurs when Scouts enjoy their last camp as a Scout. Gary made sure most of Gilweroo witnessed the event, much to everybody’s enjoyment.
Move over Hunger Games. Bowling Games has arrived. 10th Caulfield was hungry alright! Maybe not for bowling but they did give it a red-hot go as they duked it out with 15th Brighton over Ultimate Supremacy of the much sought after Bowling Chalice of Doom*. And the winner was…. Scouting of course.
*we must get one of those one day!
Joel Grunbaum and Leah Hain of 28th Glen Eira Venturer Unit were formally presented their Queen Scout awards at a ceremony at Government House over the weekend just past.
We are super proud of their achievements and hope they had a wonderful celebration amongst all the other recipients and their families.
I looked for Scouts this Thursday but all I saw were a motley group of pretty scary beasts. Our leaders did their best to spook them into action. Designing a face for their jack-o-lanterns went well with some pretty spooky results. The mummy race was hilarious (who knew toilets rolls has so many other uses). Thanks Tristan for a fun night!
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.
What a great way to finish term 3 and welcome the New Year. Scouts met at Bounce Inc last night for 2 hours of BGT. (Bouncy Great Times).
Personally I have a phobia of trampolines.. I can’t help it, they just always make me jump!
On the way out I met the chap who manages Bounce. Nice guy, but a bit jumpy.
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!
Our Scouts are back from a competition camping weekend at Bay Park campsite at Mt. Martha. The Cohen Shield is an annual event where Scouts from the whole district converge on Scout camp sites throughout Victoria, competing in various challenges over the weekend, and being scored for teamwork, cooperation, attitude and successful completion of many tasks.
We achieved gold and silver pennants this year! Which is a marvelous achievement. The patrol system is well at work on these weekends, where the more experienced Scouts help the newer scouts with tasks, and impart important skills and knowledge in the process. So although we strive for gold, the most important part is we work together as a patrol and help our younger members become the future patrol leaders and experienced Scouts. That is where the gold is! Well done to the patrols and to Sascha and Jess for leading so fully and competently. Gary and Tristan were extremely proud of all of you this weekend.
Special mentions to Jasmine, Jaida and Sam for completing their first ever competition camp, and to Blake who joined us from 6th Caulfield.
Lastly a big Thank you to Gary and to Tristan for giving up your weekend to help get our Scouts to this amazing event.
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.
This week the older Scouts passed down wisdom to the younger of our Troop. Scouts were encouraged to discuss their badgework and what they planned to achieve. Then the older scouts helped the younger ones with lashing knots. The cooperation and patience shown by all Scouts was highly commendable. It’s what Scouting is all about.
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.
Last night Scouts finished for term 2 on a super high note. We all met at Aim Archery in Cheltenham where Eric carefully took us through the basics of becoming professional archers. After a few short hours we were proclaimed semi-professional by Eric (emphasis on the ‘semi’ part). The bows were real, the arrows were real. The apples on heads were real (only joking!). Fantastic night had by all, with Sascha taking the honour of best archer. Thanks to Gary for bussing us down and organising the night and the people at Aim for a great night.