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Group Leader’s Report, 24th May 2011

This year certainly has been a momentous one for our Group. After almost seven years in the wilderness, we finally have a new home. And, I am sure you will all agree; what a great home it is. However, it’s sad but true, that we can’t now sit back and relax. We still need to keep our focus up, to make those many final additions and adjustments to turn a great scout hall into an absolutely fantastic scout hall.

As I said it all in my speech at the official opening, there are many people we need to thank for their efforts in bringing this new facility to fruition. However, I find myself needing to once again specifically thank the leaders and the support committee members that have carried so much extra load in keeping our membership strong, during a time when 1st Mt Colah / Mt Kuring-gai could so easily have gone the way of the dinosaurs.

When I look back over the last seven years, the people who have held the Group together have all done so for their own particular reasons. Some for their kids enjoyment, some for their own enjoyment, some from a sense of duty, and some possibly even because they needed to escape their wife or husband for a few hours each week. Who knows! Regardless of the reason, they have all looked into their own lives and found some time for the benefit of our community’s youth. That’s all we can ever ask of them.

These thoughts, along with some terrible news I recently received about a young man who was a Cub and Scout in our Group, brings me to share my reasons for staying the course for so long now. Sadly, my reasons are strangely selfish. Everyone who has had much to do with me knows that I am fiercely patriotic. This, along with a realisation that today’s youth is tomorrow’s society, has lead me to do whatever I can to prepare today’s youth to be responsible and resourceful members of tomorrow’s society. Having been heavily involved in junior sport and having my own children go through various phases of dance and music, I know that Scouting is the best program around for delivering those responsible and resourceful members of society.

So, I hope you will all consider my logic, and test it against your own priorities. As always, I am more than happy to discuss my thoughts with almost anyone at almost any time.

On a less philosophical note, we have unfortunately had a serious safety incident this year, with one of our Rovers falling from a tree while hanging a banner during the Easter Dragonskin event. He probably should consider himself lucky, having a crushed vertebrae but not suffering any spinal damage. However this does highlight that Scouting carries some risks, as the exuberant youth push the boundaries in search of bigger thrills (and higher banners). So, I think we need to ask everyone to both be thankful that our Rover wasn’t more seriously hurt, and to also give serious consideration to the appropriate balance between risk and reward.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone again for their support this past year. Please join with me in looking forward to what promises to be a great coming year for 1st Mt Colah / Mt Kuring-gai.

Yours in Scouting
Greg McKinnon (Wombat)

Rover 2010 Annual Report

Mt Colah / Mt Kuring Gai Rover crew is an ever growing, ever changing crew that in recent months have  challenged each other to get the most out of what Rovers has to offer.

The year started off smoothly as we organised ourselves for Roventure. Once again this was a great weekend interacting with the Venturers which we believe proved to be a success.

In March the crew attended the very amusing Seuss Moot held at Kuring-Gai camp. In the month of April we proudly attended the ANZAC Dawn Service at Hornsby RSL and served breakfast to patrons. This month also saw us attend Tanks Hike organised by two of our crew members Tom and Josef. The overnight hike was held at Tanks in the Hawkesbury where we were gladly joined by some of Normo and Epping Rovers. Upon organising the trip Tom and Josef were able to complete their squiring.

In the colder months we attended Region Service (bush regeneration ) at Curl Curl beach, Mud Bash, Hornsby Gang Show performances, Hornsby District Camp at Binskin’s farm and Not a Moot at Myrall River state forest which Tom Hickman solely won the camp in which McMk Rovers will be running “Not a Moot 2012”.

Normanhurst’s Magical Mystery Tour 2010 Myths and Legends, is one of the year’s most highly anticipated event in our annual calendar. This year organised a ‘magical’ van to take on the Mythical journey to an unknown destination deep in the forest just out of Kangaroo Valley. Throughout the day we stopped at activity check points and answered questions along our future paths. Although we did not win, the night was still full of celebrations and dancing.  The Hornsby District Camp consisted of Mc/Mk, Normanhurst and Berowra Rovers where we camped for a week at Binskin’s farm on Mitchell’s Island near Taree. Rovers took up their Mud Bash Cars/Motor Bikes and made a racing course which was the highlight of the week.

Hornsby Gang Show 2010 was a great  big success and especially since most of our Rovers are in cast and or involved behind the scenes. This year was Andrew Chan’s first year in the show and he enjoyed himself tremendously learning new skills and making lifelong friends. He encourages all Cubs, Scouts, Ventures and Rovers   to see the 2011 show as well as 11 year old plus members to Audition for 2011. Auditions will be early December 2010. Go to http://www.gangshow.com for more information and to grab your application form.

We have recently collected cans for the annual Wesley Mission Hike for Hunger, a state wide project instigated by Rovers to support the Wesley Mission’s Homeless Kids Outreach Program. Our crew, letter- box dropped notices, and in the following weeks stopped by to collect can donations. One night we were happily joined by Mt Colah and Berowra Ventures who helped out with the collection. We now have over 1040 cans that will be presented to Wesley Mission on the 6th of November.  Rovers from Sydney’s north side first initiated the Hike for Hunger in 1999 and it now forms an important part of the NSW Rover’s service program. To celebrate the Hike for Hunger’s 10th anniversary in 2009, NSW Rovers set out to collect 10,000 items. This goal was surpassed, with over 11,000 items being collected.

Our next event will be *C*R*A*P* ON FIRE! (Christmas Region Annual Party) to be held at our much awaited new Mt Colah/Mt Kuring -Gai Scout Hall, which we have been attending working bee’s to see its completion in time.

2011 will sadly see’s both David Blakeley and Chris Whitfield turn of age and be booted midyear. The crew will then be lead by Tom Hickman who is now in training to become crew leader, as well as Josef Urmenyhazi as assistant CL.
Mc/Mk’s next step is to witness a long awaited new hall be completed so we can finally call somewhere home.