Category Archives: Scout News

Honourable Michael Baden Powell visits MCMK

On Monday 26th November 2018, 1st Mt Colah/Mt Kuring-gai Scout Group was visited by Scouting royalty, the Honourable Michael Baden-Powell (Grandson of Scouting founder Lord Baden-Powell), his wife Mrs Joan Baden-Powell and Chief Commissioner of Scouts NSW Neville Tomkins OAM.

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The night was made special for two fortunate Cubs, Matthew and Eloise who were presented their Grey Wolf awards, the highest award in the Cub section by the Honourable Baden-Powell.

After the formalities the Michael sat with the group and then gave some personal insight into his Scouting adventures.  Attendees heard an inspirational talk on scouting and how the lessons he learnt as a boy in Scouting gave him the confidence and determination to achieve his goals throughout his adult life.  He also spoke of his amazement at seeing his grandfather’s legacy thriving.  In conclusion our Chief Commissioner Neville Tomkins shared some further words of inspiration with the Cubs, Scouts and Venturers

The night was finished off with our local Rovers cooking a BBQ and The Honourable Baden-Powell and his wife, Mr Tomkins, District Scout Leaders Mary Page and Peter (Noddy) Quirk sharing a light supper and exchanging stories with both group. A great night was had by all.

Michael was even seen signing autographs.

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Active Kids Rebate

Scouts NSW is an eligible provider of the Active Kids rebate.

From 31 January 2018, parents and carers of school-aged children in Scouts can receive a $100 voucher to go towards covering membership fees for the calendar year. One voucher will be available for every child in the family annually over the next four years, ensuring families who want their children to enjoy the Scout program can send their children to Scouts.

Scouts NSW has worked closely with the NSW Office of Sport to ensure the program is implemented effectively, and is integrated as seamlessly as possible so that Scouting families can redeem their vouchers easily.

From 31 January 2018, you can claim your voucher/s by:

  • Step 1: Visit the Service NSW online portal to register for and download your child’s Active Kids voucher.
  • Step 2: Once downloaded, send Scouts NSW a copy of the voucher online through the Active Kids Rebate Voucher Redemption Form (which will be activated on this page on 31 January 2018).
  • Step 3: Save $100 on membership fees!

More information can be found here

New Hall Flagpole

Recently the group was donated a flag pole from the Berowra RSL. A flag has also been donated by Mr Matt Kean.

A project was launched to install the pole.

The new flag will be raised at the Group Christmas Party on December 15th 2017

New Driveway – NSW Community Building Grant

In early 2017 the Group was awarded a NSW Community Building Grant for the repair of the hall driveway.

In July a new asphalt driveway was installed. The new driveway will make access to the hall garage much safer.

The group would like to thank the support from local MP Mr Matt Kean who endorsed our submission.

Hornsby RSL Sub Branch – Anzac Day Community March 2016

On Sunday 17th April 2016 the Group participated in the Hornsby RSL Sub Branch Community Anzac day March.

The march is on each year prior to ANZAC Day and all local Community Groups are invited to participate.

Mt Colah / Mt Ku ring gai had Cubs, Scouts Venturers and Rovers representing the Group.

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Following the March, a service was delivered. The Scouts we then invited to the RSL for an Icecream !

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It is great to be part of an active community.

Scouts – Easter Camp 2016

Each Easter, Scouts from Benowie District meet at Crosslands for the traditional Easter Camp.

Four days of fun and hard work keeping the campsites in perfect order. The camp is usually closed with a flour and water bomb fight – followed by a good wash (read water fight) in the river. There was perfect weather for the camp this year.

We had 3 new patrol leaders, new tents and many new faces – so we were very proud to finish in second place. Awesome work from our Scouts!

1stMCMK built a awesome entry gate to welcome visitors to the camp.

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All Scouts had a blast!

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The weekend culminated in a epic flour fight !
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Tired, dirty (and Flour covered) Scouts returned home on Monday after a great weekend.

Bunnings Thornleigh – Fundraiser

Thank you to all our Families that braved the heat to help out at our Bunnings BBQ fundraiser on Sunday 14th February.

Despite the heat by 4pm most of the Sausages had been sold and a huge amount of icy cold drinks.

The group should raise around $850 from the event. The funds are being put towards camping equipment for the up coming Scout Easter Camp where the Scout Troop will attempt to defend their title as District Champions.

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Thanks to Bunnings Thornleigh for hosting us and to IGA Wahroonga for again supporting us with the food and drink supplies.

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Christmas Trees – SOLD OUT

Thank you to all that supported our annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser last weekend.

Lots of volunteers ‘set up shop’ and sold trees to locals in Hunt Reserve.

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By 3pm all but a small number of trees had sold and the rest were sold via Facebook and word of mouth in the next few days.

As the groups major fundraiser, the Christmas Tree sale is very important and the 2015 result is excellent.

See you on the 10th of December 2016 !

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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

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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