Category Archives: Scout News

Scouts Triumph at 2015 Easter Camp

`The Benowie District Easter Camp has been run and won for 2015 with the Mt Colah / Mt Ku-Ring-Gai Scout Troop taking out both 1st and 2nd place.

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Easter camp is held each year at Crosslands Reserve and has a competitive element focusing on campcraft, and scout skills.

The theme the year was ‘Mexican’ and our 2 Patrols, “Hasta La Vista Amigos” came in 1st place and “Flying Tacos” came in 2nd place. The win breaks a long running streak by Waitara Scouts.

The weekend is not all hard work, lots of fun was had in the rain with ‘wide games’, and a huge flour fight, where local MP Matt Kean led the charge into battle !

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Thanks to our dedicated Leaders for a great weekend, enjoy the year of bragging rights !

 

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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 !

 

Mc Donalds McHappy Day Car Wash

Today, we headed to Mt Colah McDonalds to help raise funds for McDonalds McHappy Day.

Cars were washed for a donation with all funds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

A total of $376.90 was raised.

The temptation for a water fight was too great for some, but fun was had by all !

McHappy Day 2014

 

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Scout Design Competition Winner

Mount Colah / Mount Kuring Gai Scouts recently had it’s very own design competition. The objective of the competition was to come up with a fun design concept that can be used on our scout section t-shirts.

We’re pleased to announce that the winner is Max McDermot! Max has made a fantastic illustration of a manga styled whip cracking dude! Very cool! This is an awesome illustration! Thanks Max!

The design has been converted for print and design purposes into an EPS file, which is designer speak for “ready for printing”. Mazi, from Venturers, simplified the image, so it’s ready to be printed on shirts!

These shirts will look great on our guys at Ventout, Scout Hike and all of the other activities these whip-crackin’ dudes get up to! Awesome!!

Scouts Report, AGM, May 24th 2011

Well it’s the end of another Scouting year for all of us; however there is a big difference this year.  We have our own hall/home.  We no longer have to operate as nomads.  A big thank you goes out to those other scouting groups who have allowed us to utilize their halls/gear and storage facilities.  They are Berowra Scouts for their hall facilities and gear, and Asquith Scouts for allowing us to store what gear we have under their hall.  Without there support we would have been in dire straits so thanks again.

Ok back to us, we currently have 20 Scouts invested with 3 warranted leaders.  This year we have been in the hall a lot as we have a young troop who are coming along well and are itching to get outside and camp but we are not quite there.  Add to this injury to two of our leaders which took 5 months over summer/autumn off the outdoors fun, but we have managed activities where possible.

The boys have just got back from the Easter Benowie District, 4 day Scout Camp held at Crosslands Reserve and we are proud to say they came 2nd in the overall camping competition.  This is a fantastic result given half of them have only just come up from Cubs and have never been to Easter camp before. Well done boys.  A special mention goes to one of our newest Scouts, Max Mcdermott, who not only attended Easter Camp but played the Last Post on his trumpet in front of the entire district.  Well done Max!

The 3 new double dome tents worked well for the camp, it makes a change for us, as we have been borrowing Berowra’s bell tents.  The tents came back wet but a lot easier to handle as they are nylon, not heavy canvas.

We have 6 of the older Scouts going to Scout Hike this year to see if they can win the event.  They are going “Hard Core” – which translates to roughing it with minimal gear and supplies.  Well that’s the meaning for hard core.  Our patrol is going harder than most but not quite full-on hard core, more like “Medium Rare Firm Core”.  I know I will pay for that label.  Well the boys are back and finished between 13th – 28th places which will get them a Silver medal.  We are awaiting the score results to see if we are the highest ranked patrol in our District.  Well done boys, we know it was -2◦C overnight.

I would like to thank our Scouts for the people they are.  They are a good lot of boys that will go far in this world.  They are developing into fine young men, by that I mean that they are in fact maturing not only physically but mentally. They do actually openly care for others, this is being proven all the time for example: “I was at Easter camp last year 2010 with a major kidney stone – yes I was in pain and Bluey had the flu, well we had 2 patrols of mothers with us, giving aid and protection from others.  Also I had neck surgery at Christmas.  Since then every time I go to do something in the hall or around the place I hear, “I’ll get that.  Don’t you do that Koala” or “Sit down and rest your leg Cougar, we’ll do it”.  This coming from a Scout or older Scout (Venturer) does show they do care.  Also a thank you to all of our parents who care as well, it is appreciated by us, your Scout Leaders.

In closing we must thank our Group Leader WOMBAT (aka Greg McKinnon) for his tenacious effort in getting our new hall for us.  It’s been 7 years and 2 of our Scout Leaders have not had a hall to call home until now.  Also a thank you to our Committee for never giving up on our group.

At the time of writing this report, one of our Rover Scouts is recovering from a stay in hospital with severe injuries to his back due to a fall over Easter.  We are all thinking of you Josef and you have our full support to aid your recovery.

Scouting is fun and can be dangerous which is why your Leaders are here to reduce the risks, however some things do happen and that we cannot stop.  Scouting is about doing things in the outdoors and there are risks, but compare them to sitting inside on a computer on a beautiful sunny day, I know where we’d rather be, not inside that’s for sure.

Yours in Scouting,
Koala: Geoff Shields
Cougar: Peter Cooch
Bluey: Jeremy Hugman

Scouts: A Year in Review 2010

Well it  has been a fun packed year so far. Here we are with 6 weeks to go and then Xmas.

The year began with  Jamboree, AJ2010 in January at Cataract, for eight scouts and three Leaders. After  many months of  preparation to qualify and then followed by numerous shakedown camps and  meetings, the boys  were ready  for the adventure  that lay ahead. Two weeks later they  returned completely exhausted, and as the dust settled they were left wanting more.

Easter District Camp, in April at Crosslands, was just what they had needed.  Competitively we improved on last year coming 2nd in the Troop competition to Waitara and received a 5th and 6th place in the Patrol competitions. Waitara filled the 1st to 4th positions, so next year we go for gold!

Scouthike in May saw 11 scouts and 1 Leader head for Wingello State Forest. 1200 Scouts fend for themselves in the forest whilst Leaders oversee the activities. A very draining but worthwhile weekend as always.  We then  settled down a little and regenerated our energies.

In term 3, we had our most senior scout go on to become a Venturer scout thus making way for others to step up and lead. We sent 8 scouts to the Leadership course, and 9 to the Construction course. All with the view to better the boys skills and knowledge.

By the end of 2009 we lost 8 senior scouts to either Venturers, Cadets or sport.  Our numbers naturally decline until the older cubs make their way to us. Now we have 15 scouts invested, with two cubs coming through and another new scout to the troop giving us 18 on the books by the end of November. With these numbers, the troop has now created 3 patrols again, enabling us to promote scouts to new rolls of Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders. They will do a good job going forward, and we expect big things next year.

Recently we ended term 3 with a night hike around Mt.Colah as a warm up for summer, as many of the scouts need to plan hikes as part of their achievements. Ventout is coming in November so details are now coming out about that. It’s a fun activity, run for Scouts by our Venturer Scouts, under Leader supervision.

Thankyou to our scouting families who help out when we need them, it does make a big difference to our  Leader’s work loads.

Yours in scouting
Koala / Cougar / Bluey