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Cycling Over The Harbour Bridge!!

Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai Venturers are in for a great night tonight!! We’ll be joining about 200 other cyclists and riding over the Harbour Bridge! This is an event that we participate in every year, that’s organised by Critical Mass.

On the last Friday of every month, in hundreds of cities worldwide, cyclists, bladers and boarders meet for a rolling celebration of non-motorised transport. It’s a welcoming space where people feel safe. Here’s a photo taken from our ride last year. Stay tuned for more in a few days!!!

After our ride to North Sydney, we’ll ride back to China Town, and have a big feast for a few dollars, before boarding the train and heading home again! How’s that for an alternative to watching tv and eating pizza!!

Geoff goes Walkabout!

One of our very special people has left our ranks. Our long serving Venturer Leader, Geoff Tosio, is living his dream with partner Kerry, on an indefinite wandering around Australia adventure and wherever else they may end up.

In the last news that we heard from Jeff, he was traveling through the wilds of Sumatra in Indonesia.

Geoff has been the backbone of the Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai Venturer Unit for almost 8 years, and has truly set a shining example for the young men and women in his charge. He has been a source of inspiration and knowledge and his enthusiasm and rock craft knowledge were unsurpassed and a major part of the Venturer program.

Geoff will be sadly missed and we wish them all the best with their future travels.

MCMK Scout Group has a new Queens Scout

Extract above from the Bush Telegraph

Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai Scout Group have  had a great year in terms of the quantity and quality of awards that we have seen presented to our youth members across all sections. This, of course, has been capped off so well by one of our Venturers, Josef Urmenyhazi, who became a Queens Scout in February. Josef is the first Queens Scout for our Group for about 10 years. This has been a huge achievement for Josef, and it is one that he will carry forward on his sleeve, on his CV, and in his confidence for the rest of his life.

Josef Urmenyhazi, 18, from Mt Colah/Mt Ku-ring-ai Venturers, was presented with the highest Venturer award by NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir last month.

He became the first Scout in the Mt Colah/Mt Ku-ring-ai group to earn the top honour in 10 years.

“Some people think being a Scout is all about tying knots or helping old ladies cross the road,” Josef said.

To earn the award he had to undergo various activities with Venturers (a group for those aged 14-18 years).

These ranged from group expeditions in the bush, kayaking on Hawkesbury River, undertaking leadership roles, and completing a first aid course. And he had to do it by his 18th birthday – which proved somewhat problematic.

“It was a bit tricky, especially since my 18th birthday was the day before the HSC started,” he said.

“In the end it was a relief because there was a lot of work involved.”

The first year medical science student said he would not be the confident person he was if not for his Scouting experiences.

“I pushed myself to the limits at times. It makes you do things you wouldn’t do normally,” he said.

His Scouting career also gave him opportunities to travel and introduced him to outdoor rockclimbing.

Cubs: A Year in Review 2010

Extract from AGM, May 2010

Cubs this year has been as busy as ever with programmes working well and boomerang work completed. We competed in all of the district activities, coming first in the BMX and swimming carnival. We also took out both Iron Cub events.
Cubs are getting ready for the fast approaching Cuboree in January 2011. It should be a fantastic event as always. I have attended two Cuborees and a Jamboree and had a ball each time.

This year we have lost one of our leaders, Janine Dudfield aka Bagerra, to Hornsby Heights Cub Pack. I thank her for her e-mail skills and the experience she brought to our pack. Janine will be missed. Karen (Kar) has taken over e-mails now and I would like to thank her for that as everyone knows Akela
still doesn’t know what a computer is, but I am learning.

Our other two leaders, Paul (Rama) and Jeff (Chill) have now completed their BL3 which now has them finishing their training. Congratulations to them both. We also have a venturer, Lauren (Rikki) helping out each week. Thankyou Lauren.

Term 2 saw me passing the baton of Akela to one of the other leaders. After a lot of thought it was time for someone else to have a chance. Funny thing, I became Akela in March 2004 and the hall burned down in July 2004. I pass down the position when our new hall has started. I must hold the record for the most Cub pack meetings outside of our own hall. Yahoo. I will be staying on to help out for a while yet though.

I would like to thank all the parents and past leaders who have helped me through my time as Akela. I have really enjoyed it. Most of all I would like to thank all those Cubs throughout the years who have made it all worthwhile.  I feel very proud when they still call me Akela.

Yours in Cubbing
Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai Scout Group
Akela (Gary Binskin)

VENTOUT = Venturers + Scouts!!!

Wow! What an awesome weekend! The Scouts and Venturers from Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai teamed up for an amazing weekend at Ventout located at Camp Kuring Gai on the Hawkesbury River.

Our buddies at Berowra helped out, and the Leaders and Venturers made sure that the Scouts had a great introduction into Venturing!

Although it was a very hot weekend (36 degrees!) there were plenty of water activities to keep us cool! Being towed behind the speed boat was the highlight for most Scouts and Vennies. The disco was a hit as well, although it was a little too loud. Those who wanted to relax in a quieter environment could chill out at the movies.

Ventout is one of the highlight of the Scouting calendar. I’m sure all of us will be doing it again same time next year!!!

MCMK Venturer T-Shirts

MCMK Venturers are commited to you looking your very best!

All Venturers in the Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai Scout group receive these two awesome t-shirts. The light coloured t-shirt is for smart casual day wear and getting mud and crap all over it.

On the other hand, our limited edition black and terrifying, biker styled t-shirt is for evening wear. It’s perfect for getting stained and dirty. Give your mum a break! Why wash it?