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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.

© Tara Ward Photography

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.

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.



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


It is great to be part of an active community.

How to Turn a Bar of Soap Into A Giant TV in 15 Minutes!

Holy Guacamole!! Now that's a tv set!!!

Want to know how to get anything you want within minutes? Read on to see how our Venturers scored a giant tv for their new hall!

There’s a tradition that the MCMK Venturers have had over the years, that has always been a lot of fun and brings in some great rewards! However, we weren’t expecting our night to be successful as this!

A soap-swap is a night that we usually run once or twice a year. Venturers are split into groups of 4, however, on this night, we only had one group. Bummer! Not to worry though, as they were all very enthusiastic as none of them had participated in a soap swap before!

Here’s a story of a recent really successful soap swap. It’s about a guy who turned one red paperclip into a house!! Check out this link: One Red Paper Clip

The venturers were given one bar of soap only! The objective of the night, was to see what they could turn this into! By door knocking, and saying who they were (wearing their scout scarf is important!) they offer to swap the bar of soap for something else of greater value.

Although door knocking or “cold calling” as sales people call it is an uncomfortable process initially, it is a skill that can be of tremendous value. We all have to “sell” or convince someone else of our values, be it our friends, family or an employer at some stages in our lives. Soap swapping is easy and fun. You meet all types of people – fun, welcoming, weird, but usually generous!

Usually the venturers end up with a few tins of food at first. They accept the swap, thank the householders and move to the next door. This process continues, swapping items of greater and greater value. Usually the venturers return with arms full of  shampoo, packets of biscuits, golf clubs, anything really.

On this cold night however, they returned with a giant flat screen tv within 15 minutes of door knocking! Time to call the night quits! It started raining as well, so it was good timing!

We realised afterwards that this is an event that’s more suited to the warmer daylight savings nights. After 8:00pm people really don’t want to be interrupted on a cold winters night! In summer however, we start at 7:30pm and finish at 8:30pm – and end up with carloads full of stuff!

Who knows what our Venturers will be bringing back with them this Summer!

Write below and let us know about what you think of our night!! 🙂

Dragon Skin these holidays! Good luck to our Venturers!

Watch the above video from Dragon Skin
2008 to see what our unit will get up to.

Well, it’s that time of year when our Venturers brave the wilderness for three days of hiking, camping, partying and insanity! Best of luck to all our teams who are venturing into Belangelo (I just got a chill down my spine!) At last count, we had combined teams with MCMK Venturers, Normanhurst and Berowra Venturers.

If you’re keen on getting into Dragon Skin and want to know more about it, check out the Dragon Skin website

Go for it guys, have fun!

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