Category Archives: Parents and Volunteer News

Hall Spring Clean

A huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers (over 40 Scout, Guide Parents and Kids across the day) for helping at the Hall Spring Clean on Sunday 25th October !

So many jobs got done, including clearing the area around the hall, graffiti removal, painting, washing walls, sorting out equipment and cleaning the halls and kitchen.

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It wasn’t all hard work !! Water fights broke out regularly

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Volunteers were rewarded with a BBQ lunch in the sun.

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Our wonderful hall is looking shiny and new and ready for the next year !

Thanks again !

MCMK Group Committee

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2015 Hornsby / Ku-ring-gai Relay for Life

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A small, but enthusiastic group of leader, parents and kids participated in the 2015 Relay for Life held at Rofe Park.

The Relay for Life is a 24hr walking event with attendance by local community groups and supporters. Dance acts, bands and jumping castles kept the walkers entertained.

The group raised over $250 for the event.

The very worthy cause is already in the diary for 2016 !

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Election Day BBQ Fundraiser – Huge Success

The NSW Election has been run and won and the people of Mt Colah have been well fed thanks to the efforts of the Scout Group.

Bacon and Egg Rolls flowed from 7.30am quickly followed by Sausage Sandwiches all the way through to 3pm.

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Our wonderful community of families filled the roster and the BBQ was roaring all day with over 150 Bacon and egg rolls and 400 Sausage Sandwiches sold.

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All money raised goes straight back to the group to help purchase much needed equipment for each section as well as assisting our Scouts that are attending the Jamboree.

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Thanks to everyone involved !

 

2014 Christmas Tree Sale – A Huge Success

The 2014 Christmas Tree fundraiser was held on Saturday 13th December at Hunt Reserve, Mt Colah.

The event is the major fundraiser for the group for the year. Funds raised are used to support all sections in the group.

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All trees were sold and most families in the group volunteered time to sell trees or wave a sign.

The Rover crew kept the customers and volunteers fed and watered with a BBQ.

A raffle was run for one lucky customer to ‘Win their money back’. The raffle was won by the Hancock family of Berowra.

See you in 2015 !

 

Treasurer’s Report, AGM, 24th May 2011

2010 has been another successful year for the 1st Mt Colah Mt Kuring-gai Scout Group.  I am very pleased to report that the Scout Group’s finances are in good order.

Having moved into our new hall in 2011, the 1st Mt Colah / Mt Kuring-gai Scout Group is in a good financial position.  However, having a new home will add new and varied demands on our finances.

The group is in a good financial position to help support each section of the group with their planned activities.

I would like thank all our section leaders for their efforts over the past year guiding our Cubs, Scouts and Venturers along with our Group Leader Greg McKinnon, who continues to provide strong leadership to the entire Group.

I would also like to thank the parents for paying their fees in a timely manner, which in turn assists with ensuring that the group remains financially strong into 2012.

Yours in Scouting
Jeff Buwalda
Group Treasurer

Group Leader’s Report, 24th May 2011

This year certainly has been a momentous one for our Group. After almost seven years in the wilderness, we finally have a new home. And, I am sure you will all agree; what a great home it is. However, it’s sad but true, that we can’t now sit back and relax. We still need to keep our focus up, to make those many final additions and adjustments to turn a great scout hall into an absolutely fantastic scout hall.

As I said it all in my speech at the official opening, there are many people we need to thank for their efforts in bringing this new facility to fruition. However, I find myself needing to once again specifically thank the leaders and the support committee members that have carried so much extra load in keeping our membership strong, during a time when 1st Mt Colah / Mt Kuring-gai could so easily have gone the way of the dinosaurs.

When I look back over the last seven years, the people who have held the Group together have all done so for their own particular reasons. Some for their kids enjoyment, some for their own enjoyment, some from a sense of duty, and some possibly even because they needed to escape their wife or husband for a few hours each week. Who knows! Regardless of the reason, they have all looked into their own lives and found some time for the benefit of our community’s youth. That’s all we can ever ask of them.

These thoughts, along with some terrible news I recently received about a young man who was a Cub and Scout in our Group, brings me to share my reasons for staying the course for so long now. Sadly, my reasons are strangely selfish. Everyone who has had much to do with me knows that I am fiercely patriotic. This, along with a realisation that today’s youth is tomorrow’s society, has lead me to do whatever I can to prepare today’s youth to be responsible and resourceful members of tomorrow’s society. Having been heavily involved in junior sport and having my own children go through various phases of dance and music, I know that Scouting is the best program around for delivering those responsible and resourceful members of society.

So, I hope you will all consider my logic, and test it against your own priorities. As always, I am more than happy to discuss my thoughts with almost anyone at almost any time.

On a less philosophical note, we have unfortunately had a serious safety incident this year, with one of our Rovers falling from a tree while hanging a banner during the Easter Dragonskin event. He probably should consider himself lucky, having a crushed vertebrae but not suffering any spinal damage. However this does highlight that Scouting carries some risks, as the exuberant youth push the boundaries in search of bigger thrills (and higher banners). So, I think we need to ask everyone to both be thankful that our Rover wasn’t more seriously hurt, and to also give serious consideration to the appropriate balance between risk and reward.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone again for their support this past year. Please join with me in looking forward to what promises to be a great coming year for 1st Mt Colah / Mt Kuring-gai.

Yours in Scouting
Greg McKinnon (Wombat)

AGM Group Committe Report, 24th May 2011

Firstly, I would like to thank all of our leaders for the time and effort they have put into their Scouting programs over the past year. As you will read in their reports the Cubs, Scouts and Venturers have been very active over the 12 months and have achieved many high goals. Without the dedication and perseverance of our leaders we would not be in such a great position to move forward in our new hall.

The Cubs have a new Akela in Jeff Argent with Gary moving into Venturers. They have continually made their presence known at district events and ended the year at the state Cuboree held at Cataract Scout Park. All the leaders and Cubs had a great time despite the wet weather.

Peter, Geoff and Jeremy have also done well with the boys coming second at the Easter Scout camp at Crosslands and a patrol gaining a silver award at Scout hike. All of this can be put down to their enthusiasm in teaching the boys the Scouting program.

The Venturers have struggled a bit over the last year and hopefully with the new hall will be able to settle into a more stable routine and grow their numbers. In January next year a few of our Venturers will be attending the 15th Australian Venturer in Tasmania. I’m sure that the Venturers attending will have a great time and meet many new friends.

Over the last year the Group committee has been run with the dedicated support of a small number of parents. With the new hall up and running we are now able to have our committee meetings at the same time as the cub meetings. This has proved a success with some of the cub parents staying on for the committee meeting while their child attends cubs. I would also like to thank Sandra Raymond-Jones for her secretarial efforts over the last few years; she will be standing down from the Secretary’s job, and will need to be replaced by another parent.

The main news on a group front is that our builder Ray Becchio has completed our new hall. We now have all of our sections meeting at our new hall. With the hall 95% complete we still have to keep focus on finishing the last minor elements to create a great hall. In the coming months we will be having a few more working bees to complete the hall. With the completion of the hall drawing closer there are many people to thank, the parents and youth members who have turned up to the working bees and members of the reconstruction committee who have lead the building program. At the head of the building committee was Greg McKinnon, who has been the main driving force behind all the work. Without Greg’s determination and perseverance over the last 7 years we would still be looking at the plans of the new hall and not the actual building.

The role of the Group Committee is to support and look after the group and its assets so that the leaders can go about giving the boys and girls a complete scouting program without worrying about “Has the hall insurance been paid?, Is the electricity bill currently paid?” Over the last few years this has been mainly left to the efforts of 3 or 4 parents. It would be good to see some new parents get involved with the running of the group. It is not the commitment of a Cub or Scout leader, but does require the attendance at 1 meeting a month; this coincides with the Cubs meeting night. The group committee has a very important role in the Group structure and without it there would be no Cubs or Scouts. I wish the new committee all the best with the coming year.

Peter Dudfield
Group Committee Chairman

A Special Thanks for Those Involved…

Mount Colah Scouts and Guides recognise the support of the following businesses and organisations in the reconstruction of their hall.

Without the generosity of these parties, the reconstruction of the
Mt Colah Scout and Guide Hall would not have been possible.

•    R. J. Becchio Builders
•    Hornsby District Scout Fellowship
•    Berowra Rotary
•    BLM Electrical Services
•    1st Asquith Scout Group
•    1st Berowra Scout Group
•    1st Cherrybrook Scout Group
•    Hornsby Tree Service
•    Exceptional Plumbing Services
•    Assignment Signs
•    Able Timber & Hardware Asquith
•    Active Hire Asquith

Hornsby Scout Fellowship Donates $500 to MCMK Scout Group

Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai recently recieved a generous donation of $500 from Hornsby Scout Fellowship. The Fellowship is made up of ex scouting leaders and supporters who know the true value that Scouting provides to our community.

Hornsby Scout Fellowship are always looking for new members and an invitation is extended to any members of our group to become an associate member. It is not entirely a fund raising group, as it has many social activities as well including day outings and 4 day excursions to country locations.

The Scout Fellowship Annual General Meeting is to be held at 7:30pm Friday 25th March, at Normanhurst Scout Hall

Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai would like to thank Hornsby Scout Fellowship for their kind and generous donation. A copy of the official letter is attached below.

Scout Fellowship Letter

Scout Fellowship Letter

Scout Hall Painting Working Bee

There will be a painting working bee at the Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai Scout Hall on Saturday the 4th of December and Sunday the 5th of December.

Come one, come all. If you can’t make it in one day please try to make it on the other day. And of course, if you can make it both days, then that would be even better !

We will start at 8am on both days, and go through until about 4pm. We may knock off earlier if we get it finished.

This is a crucial final step in the reconstruction project, so please do your very best to play your part.

Please bring with you :
– Any general painting equipment you have (brushes, rollers, scrapers, pots, guides etc)
– A step ladder if you have a good one
– Drop sheets, lots of drop sheets
– Lots of enthusiasm!

See you there!