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2018 Christmas Trees – Sell Out

The 2018 Christmas Tree Fundraiser was again a huge success with all trees sold out by 12 noon.

Christmas Tree Stands and home delivery wer also popular this year.

Mt Matt Kean MP, a great supporter of the group popped by to lend a hand and buy a beautiful tree for his home.

Thanks to all our supporter and volunteers, we will see you again in 2019.

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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.

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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.

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

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 !

 

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!!

Venturers soon to have a night visit to hieroglyphs at Bambara!

Is this an Egyptian tomb located at the site?

Last weekend I had the honor of spending the
afternoon with Jake Cassar and his friends and supporters of Camp Bambara. The camp is a protest over the illegal destruction of a national park reserve near Kariong, near the Brisbane Waters National Park. You can find this camp just as you leave Kariong and head towards Woy Woy.

Jake, who also does bush tucker tours (see our videos!) gave a guided tour of the very mysterious hieroglyphics that can be found within this reserve. A short walk of 30 minutes from the camp will take you to a rocky outcrop. Amongst these giant slabs of sandstones are countless hieroglyphics!

Who knows where these carvings come from? Were they from two Egyptian brothers who were stranded here thousands of years ago – just like the carvings depict? There is also a mysterious looking tomb there!!!

The Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai Venturers will definitely be going on a Wednesday night tour of this place, this term! It should be awesome!

We may do a trip with there with our scouts or with other venturers from our region! The venturers from Berowra would love this stuff!

There’s lot’s more info on this place on the web. Type in “Brisbane Waters heiroglyphs” or “Kariong hieroglyphs” in Google and see the theories behind the carvings, and tombstone. We’ll leave it to you to decide what to make of them. It goes without saying though, that this area should be protected as it has a lot of cultural and sacred significance for Aboriginals, the original inhabitants of the area.

If you would like to make a trip to this place, drop in at the camp at Bambara and ask for Jake and his friends to guide you to the carvings. Please support the Bambara protest by offering a small donation to their cause! These guys are really doing courageous work by protesting over having more bushland trashed and turned into unnecessary residential area.

Once this beautiful bushland region is gone, it’s gone for good. As ancestors of our future generations, it’s up to us to preserve this region.

Our Venturers go Snorkelling

Venturers from the Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai Scout Group and Berowra Scout Group, spending a lazy Sunday snorkelling at Shelly Beach, just south of Manly.

Although the water was freezing, there were still a few fish to be seen, although not as many as we’d hoped! In recent trips to this location, we have seen 6 or more dusky whaler sharks, each one about 4 feet long!

Initially we were to visit the Water Works at Manly, however, we realised that it was a bit below our age group!

To get to Manly, we caught the train and bus in, and the ferry and train back! It was a big day, but well worth it! Next time, when it’s warmer in the water, we’ll visit Clovelly, where you can pat the large blue gropers!!

Venturers to Visit to a Thai Forest Monastery


Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai  Venturers have been invited to visit a Thai Buddhist monastery!! This monastery is run by Thai forest monks, and is located about 20 minutes north of Wiseman’s Ferry, at a place called Wat Buddha Damma

This is a real cultural experience and should not be missed. For those of you who would like to put this as one of your Queen Scout activities, this will go under the Ideals, pg. 56 in the Venturer Record Book.

These monks have an amazing life, ie. they live by 227 rules, and teach how to live a simple life. They live 15 minutes from a main road, within the bush!

You can see what they do here on their website. Vicki and I also made a video of them once which you can find here.

They will be available for group visiting from mid February all next year. Please let me know if you are interested, so I can have it organised – as they provide food.

This is a great opportunity to see something really different! It’s cheaper than going to Thailand!!!

Mazza

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!

Venturers in Tasmania in January 2012???


Venturers, get ready for 10 days of fun and excitement in Tasmania!! Wild Dayz is for Venturers from all around Australia! It’s gunna be BIG!!!

Check out the official website: www.wilddayz.com For 10 days you will be able to experience the best Tasmania has to offer, try out activities and challenges you may have never dreamed of doing, and make friends for life!

There’s also dj’s, live bands, outdoor concerts for when you’re not out doing activities like: scuba diving, 4wd driving, sailing, white water rafting, caving, climbing, abseiling, mountain bike riding, walking and kayaking and heaps more!

Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai Venturers, tart saving your money NOW! All the details are on the site! There’ll be a whole group of us attending from our Sydney North region!

Check out: www.wilddayz.com to see what activities you’d like to get in on!