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.
Our Scouts are just back from a wonderfully run Gourmet Cooking Camp at Noonameena Scout Camp in Lauriston run by the 15th Brighton Scout Group. The weather was spectacular and the Scouts ready for foody action. Cooking included working in 3 patrols for the weekend to produce the best dishes possible. Dinner was a resounding success. Chili Con Carne, Beef Goulash and Chicken Cacciatore. Dessert was Apple Crumble, Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding and Peach Cobbler!! Sunday included a trip to Hanging Rock before heading back. A HUGE thank you to Terry for organising the weekend and for the support of the 15th Brighton and 10th Caulfield Leaders, Michael, Gary, Helena and Matt.
The challenge was laid down. Scouts had one hour to prepare a sweet treat to be judged by our very own skinny Matt ‘Minski’ Preston. Our patrols were given an array of ingredients to create their own treats. Who will reign supreme? Stay tuned to Facebook to find out. Boy did they look like they were having fun!
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!
Over the weekend Joel Grunbaum was presented his Queen Scout Award. This award is what we call a pinnacle award. This is the highest achievement a Venturer scout can achieve. If you are down at the hall and look at the honour board you will see the last Queen Scout was back in 2003 when our current Scout leader Shana Owen received her award.
A Queen Scout award is no easy feat to achieve. It took 300 hours of work over 3 years! Below read a summary of Joel’s Scouting life and what it took for him to complete his Queen Scout award.
We thank the following dignitaries present:
- Brendan Watson, Chief Commissioner, Scouts Victoria
- Rod Burnes, State Commissioner for Venturers
- Gary Steinhardt, Assistant State Commissioner for Venturers
- Michael Thomas, Assistant Chief Commissioner – Section Support
- Chris Anderson, Region Commissioner for Venturers, Melbourne Region
- Roy Kaplan, District Commissioner for Glen Eira – Stonington District
Mazel tov to Joel. We wish him all the best in completing his VCE this year, and look forward to hearing more of his Scouting journey into Rovers.
Joel’s History in Scouting
After Joining 10th Caulfield Scouts about 2011, Joel attended the 23rd Australian Scout Jamboree in 2013 in Queensland, and earned his Australian Scout Medallion (ASM) before moving to Venturers.
Joel joined 28th Glen Eira Venturer, and was invested at the Shrine on ANZAC Day 2014 following the dawn service.
He then achieved the following Venturer Award level badges – each one averaging at least 10 hours effort:
|Discussion on multiculturalism, local council, contacted interstate venturer, Report on Liberal party and ALP
|Attended the district Environment course
|Planned and undertook a hike on the dry diggings track, from Castlemaine to part way to Daylesford – along with Tobi and several other Venturers
|Went to a design exhibition, and reported back to the Unit
|Attended a first aid course
|Attended an Ideals course, and then separately ran a Scouts Own
|Attended Hoadley Hide 2014
|Attended Gymnastics for a period of time, and arranged a unit talk on tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs
|Went caving with the Venturer Unit
|Worked at an opp shop and did school based community service
|Attended the Region run course and investigated how a small business operates
|Undertook job interviews and reported on the Freemasons
He then achieved the following Queen’s Scout level badges – each one averaging at least 30 hours effort:
|Attended a training course
|Partook in Rowing
|Was in a hockey team, and arranged a talk on how diet, sleep, recreation and stress can affect physical and mental health
|Helped at Cuboree, cub meetings and Stradbroke cup
During his time in Venturers, he also attended many other activities, including:
- 16th Australian Venture in 2015 in Adelaide
- 13th New Zealand Venture in 2016 in Rotorua, NZ
- Hoadley Hide
- Anything Goes
At the end of Scouts this week a formal presentation was arranged to present Ashley Morris with his Australian Scout Medallion (ASM). Gary Brand spoke warmly of Ashley’s involvement in Scouts over the years and how Ashley worked very hard to achieve this award, the highest award possible by a Scout. Amongst all the other requirements, that included campcraft and citizenship, Ashley also organised and ran a 3 day hike which was successfully completed last year at Wilsons Promontory. We are very proud of Ashley and how far he has come in Scouting. He has now moved on to the next stage of his Scouting life and is enjoying Venturers. The pinnacle award for Venturers is the Queen Scout Award. We expect Ashley will work towards that in the coming years!! Well done Ashley.
We’d like to thank the following dignitaries for attending: Jason O’Donnell – State Commissioner – Scouts, Roy Kaplan – District Commissioner – Glen Eira Stonnington , Michelle Grierson –Region Commissioner – Melbourne, Graeme Berry – Scout Commissioner – Melbourne Region.
Thank you to Ashley’s parents Braham and Melissa for providing supper.
Over the last weekend five of our intrepid Scouts packed their rucksacks and went on a district run hike with hundred of other scouts from Melbourne. They bussed up to Tallarook National Park and participated in the annual Scout Hike, this year themed “Horrible Histories”. The aim is to hike to each of the 24 check points and complete an activity. Each patrol is scored on various things including the activity and efficient navigation and getting to checkpoints and sleep points on time. Jess was Patrol leader with Dara as Assistant Patrol Leader. Both executed their duty with distinction. Special mention must go to Jess who excelled in her detailed organisational skills.
Scouts must carry all their clothing, food, cooking equipment and tents, which means each Scout carried around 12-14 kilograms each!!
Our Scouts walked 17 kilometres over 2 days and won Bronze with 1100 points which is very commendable given we are not so very experienced in hiking.
Well done Jess and the other participating Scouts: Dara, Aiden, Josh and Sascha.
Also thanks to a Glen Eira Council grant we now have hiking rucksacks, trangias and brand new hiking tents!!
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.
We’d like to congratulate James Silver on his next chapter in Scouting. On ANZAC day, just after the dawn service Robert Hain our Venturer leader held a short ceremony to mark James moving up from Scouts to Venturers. James has been an invaluable Patrol Leader in the Scout section and we know he will become an integral part of 28th Venturer Unit as well. We wish James all the best on his continuing Scouting life.
It’s with vicarious pride that I celebrate achievements like the one that happened this week. Tristan Cliff completed his basic training as a Scout leader. Meaning he moves from being classed as a trainee to a fully fledged Assistant Scout Leader (ASL). Scouts Australia provide a brilliant array of online and face to face training programs to help our leaders become better at what they do. So although my leaders will possibly call me a pest when I nag them to complete their training, it is for the greater good of our group as well as a personal achievement for the leader involved. Mazel Tov Tristan, we are thankful to have you and your boundlessness enthusiasm, and hope it continues for years to come.
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.
10th Caulfield and 1st McKinnon Scouts slept overnight in the hall and rose at 4am. We jumped on a tram and joined with 15th Brighton Scouts and 28th Glen Eira Venturers at the Shrine of Remembrance for the dawn service. It rained but that just added to the pre-dawn atmosphere as we listened to memories and stories that spanned 100 years. We filed though the Shrine and laid poppies. Thank you to Gary for organising the sleep over and to the Bajayo family for kindly hosting the scouts on Monday night for a movie.
“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.
Well done to our 10 Scouts who just won gold Pennants at Stradbroke Cup 2017. Our Scouts setup and ran their own camp from Friday until Monday, cooking, cleaning and performing assigned tasks on a assessed camp. Their hard work paid off with an outstanding 201 and 200 scored out of a possible 203!
Congratulations to Evie (P.L.), Joel (A.P.L.), Josh, Sascha and Layla on Kookas Patrol, and Daniel (P.L.), Jessica (A.P.L.), Dara, Aiden and Sam on Seagulls Patrol.
Thanks go also to Gary and Tristan for all the support and preparation getting the Scouts up and back. Stradbroke Cup really teaches Scouts what Scouting is all about.
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