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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.

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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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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 !

 

Treasurer’s Report, AGM, 24th May 2011

2010 has been another successful year for the 1st Mt Colah Mt Kuring-gai Scout Group.  I am very pleased to report that the Scout Group’s finances are in good order.

Having moved into our new hall in 2011, the 1st Mt Colah / Mt Kuring-gai Scout Group is in a good financial position.  However, having a new home will add new and varied demands on our finances.

The group is in a good financial position to help support each section of the group with their planned activities.

I would like thank all our section leaders for their efforts over the past year guiding our Cubs, Scouts and Venturers along with our Group Leader Greg McKinnon, who continues to provide strong leadership to the entire Group.

I would also like to thank the parents for paying their fees in a timely manner, which in turn assists with ensuring that the group remains financially strong into 2012.

Yours in Scouting
Jeff Buwalda
Group Treasurer

Rovers’ Report, AGM, 24th May 2011

Mt Colah Mt Kuring-Gai Rovers are a dynamic crew who strive to get active.  Indoors or out, we enjoy a range of activities that suit a variety of interests.  From putt-putt golf, martial arts, weekend adventures to helping out those in need, MCMK Rovers are always up for a challenge!

2010 went out with a bang, with MCMK Rovers running the Sydney North Region Christmas Rover Annual Party (CRAP), with the theme “CRAP on Fire”.  Over 70 Rovers from across the Region gathered to celebrate another successful year of Rovers.  Awards were presented to outstanding individuals and Rover Crews, with MCMK Rovers receiving the Sydney North “Roscar” award for Outstanding Effort / Most Improved Rover Crew.

In February, this year’s Roventure, themed “Rome-venture” presented an opportunity for us to spend the weekend with Venturers and Rovers from across the region.  Likewise, Dragonskin which was held recently over Easter, was much anticipated by both Venturers and Rovers.  Our crew ran an activity base, challenging Venturers with various mind games.  Dragonskin was also a great opportunity for our crew to spend time together, with ten of us there over the weekend.  Overall it was a successful weekend, except for an encounter with a pine tree.

MCMK Rovers have attended many Region events in the past months, including a Region Mexican dinner, and Western Moot, which was held at Nords Wharf in March, with lots of activities including a cowboy pentathlon.  The Crew has many more events planned for the rest of the year, some of which we will be organizing.  We will soon be running Not-a-Moot, a weekend event that will involve Rovers from around the region, which will provide a chance for activities and relaxation.  Also, we are planning a Hornsby District camp at the Binskins’ farm near Taree, which was a huge success last year.

This year, MCMK Rovers are continuing their strong involvement with Hornsby Gang Show.  Our crew has a strong presence both backstage and shining on the stage, and we can’t wait for the spectacular show it is bound to be. Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers will be blown away by the talent in this year’s show in June.

Service has long been an important part of Rovers, and MCMK Rovers are committed to helping out in the community wherever possible.  Last year, our crew participated in Hike for Hunger in support of the Wesley Mission, and helped NSW Rovers collect over 11,000 items of food to help meet the needs of homeless and underprivileged people in Sydney.  Our crew recently participated in the Region Service Project at Ingleside Scout Camp to help with maintenance of the site, with Tom Hickman acting as Region Service Coordinator.

MCMK Rovers currently consists of 11 enthusiastic members, including two new Rovers, four knighted Rovers and four in squire training.  It is sad for us that David Blakeley and Chris Whitfield will be leaving the Crew later this year as they have almost completed their time with Rovers.  Their tremendous contributions to the crew over the years have significantly shaped the crew, and will remain an inspiration to us in the future.  We plan to farewell David with a booting within the next few months.

Yours in Roving,
Josef Urmenyhazi
Assistant Crew Leader

2010: Highlights, Congrats, Thankyou’s and Farewells

Mt Colah Mt Kuring-gai Scout Group have achieved so much thanks to the dedication and commitment of our Youth members, our Leaders, our Committee, and our families.

The Jamboree has to be one of the highlights of 2009/2010. This year has been particularly good as it has been one of the largest contingents we have been able to send in recent times. The impending Cuboree will surely be another highlight.

The actual construction of our new Scout Hall and near completion before year end would most definitely be the biggest highlight. For Greg, Peter and other  Hall Reconstruction Members, past and present,  will no doubt breathe a major sigh of relief as they pinch themselves and put the headache to bed, and hopefully begin to actually enjoy the dream, now a reality, of our new hall. After 6 years of frustrations and red tape they, and the Leaders, deserve to be congratulated for not giving up when the going got tough and the light at the end of the tunnel was barely visible. On behalf of all the youth members and families who believe in the scouting movement, we thank you.

Of course it would be remiss of us not to thank Asquith and Berowra Scout Groups who have long supported us in our time of homelessness. Who knows where we would’ve been without their generosity. It’s been a positive outcome for the once defunct Berowra Vennies, who under our influence, are once again a strong unit combined with  Mt Colah. It will be hard to go their separate ways in the new year. We must also thank Hornsby Gang Show for allowing the Scouts  and Venturers to use their premises at Hornsby South in our hour of need  back in 2004 – 2007.

There are many people that have made this year as successful in Scouting terms as it has been. Foremost amongst these are the Leaders, who selflessly donate their time to the development of the future of our society.  Secondly, there are the Committee Members who  also donate a great deal of their time to this worthy cause. Ultimately, all these excellent men and women are in turn supported by their wonderful  partners and families, who give them the freedom to contribute so much of their time.

A special mention and thanks must go to  Greg McKinnon, Group Leader,  for his tireless efforts into bringing the construction of our  hall to fruition and a reality. Everyone’s voluntary contributions exemplify the best of being Australian.

Cub Leader, Gary Binskin, has also moved on…but not very far. As he steps out of Akela’s shoes and welcomes Jeff Argent to fill them,  he moves to scouts as ….

2011 will see Mt Colah Mt Kuring Gai full of enthusiasm as we consolidate our dispersed sections back to a cohesive, cross-supporting Group, in turn allowing us to provide even higher quality programs for our youth members. Embrace yourselves for the wave of excitement yet to come.

As always. Greg McKinnon(Wombat) is always available to be contacted at any time for discussion on any subject, especially on ideas on how you can contribute to youth development in your society.