Well it’s the end of another Scouting year for all of us; however there is a big difference this year. We have our own hall/home. We no longer have to operate as nomads. A big thank you goes out to those other scouting groups who have allowed us to utilize their halls/gear and storage facilities. They are Berowra Scouts for their hall facilities and gear, and Asquith Scouts for allowing us to store what gear we have under their hall. Without there support we would have been in dire straits so thanks again.
Ok back to us, we currently have 20 Scouts invested with 3 warranted leaders. This year we have been in the hall a lot as we have a young troop who are coming along well and are itching to get outside and camp but we are not quite there. Add to this injury to two of our leaders which took 5 months over summer/autumn off the outdoors fun, but we have managed activities where possible.
The boys have just got back from the Easter Benowie District, 4 day Scout Camp held at Crosslands Reserve and we are proud to say they came 2nd in the overall camping competition. This is a fantastic result given half of them have only just come up from Cubs and have never been to Easter camp before. Well done boys. A special mention goes to one of our newest Scouts, Max Mcdermott, who not only attended Easter Camp but played the Last Post on his trumpet in front of the entire district. Well done Max!
The 3 new double dome tents worked well for the camp, it makes a change for us, as we have been borrowing Berowra’s bell tents. The tents came back wet but a lot easier to handle as they are nylon, not heavy canvas.
We have 6 of the older Scouts going to Scout Hike this year to see if they can win the event. They are going “Hard Core” – which translates to roughing it with minimal gear and supplies. Well that’s the meaning for hard core. Our patrol is going harder than most but not quite full-on hard core, more like “Medium Rare Firm Core”. I know I will pay for that label. Well the boys are back and finished between 13th – 28th places which will get them a Silver medal. We are awaiting the score results to see if we are the highest ranked patrol in our District. Well done boys, we know it was -2◦C overnight.
I would like to thank our Scouts for the people they are. They are a good lot of boys that will go far in this world. They are developing into fine young men, by that I mean that they are in fact maturing not only physically but mentally. They do actually openly care for others, this is being proven all the time for example: “I was at Easter camp last year 2010 with a major kidney stone – yes I was in pain and Bluey had the flu, well we had 2 patrols of mothers with us, giving aid and protection from others. Also I had neck surgery at Christmas. Since then every time I go to do something in the hall or around the place I hear, “I’ll get that. Don’t you do that Koala” or “Sit down and rest your leg Cougar, we’ll do it”. This coming from a Scout or older Scout (Venturer) does show they do care. Also a thank you to all of our parents who care as well, it is appreciated by us, your Scout Leaders.
In closing we must thank our Group Leader WOMBAT (aka Greg McKinnon) for his tenacious effort in getting our new hall for us. It’s been 7 years and 2 of our Scout Leaders have not had a hall to call home until now. Also a thank you to our Committee for never giving up on our group.
At the time of writing this report, one of our Rover Scouts is recovering from a stay in hospital with severe injuries to his back due to a fall over Easter. We are all thinking of you Josef and you have our full support to aid your recovery.
Scouting is fun and can be dangerous which is why your Leaders are here to reduce the risks, however some things do happen and that we cannot stop. Scouting is about doing things in the outdoors and there are risks, but compare them to sitting inside on a computer on a beautiful sunny day, I know where we’d rather be, not inside that’s for sure.
Yours in Scouting,
Koala: Geoff Shields
Cougar: Peter Cooch
Bluey: Jeremy Hugman