- Declan Leahy
- Eloise Dillon
- Michael Gallagher
- Austin Clarke
- Adam Moritz
- Declan Leahy
- Eloise Dillon
- Adam Moritz
- Alex Gregory
- Tash Thomas
- Livi Cristina
It’s been a really busy term in the scout section. Here’s a few snippets of what we’ve been up to…
March 24th/25th – ANZAC Day Sleepover
Tonight was very exciting. We headed down to the Holland Park RSL to make sure it was clean and tidy and ready for ANZAC Day service. We also held a very special linking and investiture ceremony for two new scouts, Adam and Austin, while we were there.
When we got back to the den we were very privileged to have Bill Whitestyles, our District Commissioner, pay us a visit and share some amazing stories with us about what he did during WWII in outback Australia for the war effort. We learned all sorts of things about transport trains and ambulance services, and really appreciate the time Bill took to spend with us. The scouts sat enthralled listening for well over an hour!
We also celebrated Adam’s birthday with fantastic pizza – thanks Moritz/O’Donnell family; it was yummy.
To end the night we pitched out tents on the easement and slept over, ready to be up bright and early for our ANZAC Day Activities.
March 25th – ANZAC Day Activities
Being the 100th Anniversary of ANZAC Day, Echidna organised a range of activities that all of us were able to participate in, depending on our other commitments to school and bands etc.
We started up very early with ANZAC biscuits for brekkie before headed off to the Greenslopes Hospital for the Dawn service. Most of us had never been to a dawn service before so this was very special watching the sun rise over Whites Hill as we remembered the fallen and the returned.
Then it was off to participate in the local Holland Park march (or to join in our various school parades) followed by a service at the Holland Park RSL.
We were very thankful for our parents who ran the BBQ breakfast for the morning after the service and so was the community. BRAVO mums & dads for an awesome effort.
Later a smaller group of us headed into the Brisbane City Parade. This is a very special opportunity where some scouts were able to carry banners and paddles to help identify different battalions. Those who participated received a commemorative medal and blanket badge. We then all marched as Qld Scouts at the end of the parade. (Some of us even managed to do some badge work in the in between times – there’s a great example of making the most of leader downtime)!
May 1-3 Mt Barney Camp
Unfortunately, due to the severe weather event and flash flooding that closed many roads and caused major damage across SE Qld, we had to cancel this camp. It will be reschedule to later in the year.
May 8th – Mother’s Day Campfire
We invited all the mums to come along and share some special time around the campfire with their scouts. There were lots of songs, jokes and skits. Panther Patrol did a fantastic job of making very yummy golden syrup dumplings for supper too!
May 15th-17th – District Camp at Rocky Creek, Sunshine Coast
Two patrols (Penguin and Panther/Koala) joined forces to attend the Scout Construction Camp at Rocky Creek. Most of us headed up on Friday night to get that extra night under canvas; towards Jamboree for some of us, or to just have fun making the most of camping opportunities. On Saturday our programme involved splitting into two groups. Patrol leaders spent some time learning how to cook hay boxes and to create various anchorage systems to support larger constructions. APLs lead their patrols off on a navigation challenge through the bush to locate a set of beacons. After this the patrols worked together to create their own hay box dinners.
For a short time the cubs commandeered the scouts to be part of their sideshow alley as clowns that they fed lollies too – of course the scouts hated that!!! NOT!!! And Hawkeye clowned around 😉
The afternoon was spent making big construction items. Often these take a couple of hours to make, which is difficult to do on a normal den night. Victor scouts created one of the most popular items – a complex swing structure. Always up for a challenge this design was one that we had never made before. The two patrols worked together with the assistance of Komodo and Echidna (and a few others at various points) to assemble it. Each group made a different item. Wishart-Chester made an amazing whirly-gig and pully system, Tarragindi did a fabulous job to construct a hyperbolic-parabolic gateway, Rochedale made a very cool monkey bridge.
Having made them all, we had a quick afternoon tea, and then spent the remainder of the afternoon playing on everything. It was really great that we could then just serve up dinner ready to eat as we were all tired from our construction efforts.
Both patrols hosted leaders from other troops to dinner, with a chicken risotto and beef stew going down well for all. Unfortunately, storms passing over meant that campfire had to be cancelled but those of us not too tired were able to play a fantastic wide game called Funny Money.
On Sunday we cooked up a yummy breakfast and then headed over to the campfire area to appreciate Wombat’s fire construction (even though we didn’t light it). All our scouts were involved in the Scout’s Own held there. For those of you who don’t know what a Scout’s Own is, it is a time of reflection and of giving thanks for opportunities experienced. Elliot and Joseph helped prepare and lead the Scout’s Own, with Explorer level scouts assisting and Pioneer level scouts participating in the shared reflection of what they liked best about camp.
Then it was time for trying to pack down all the construction items and our camp sites in between the sporadic downpours. All up: everyone had a great time and learnt something new.
May 29th & June 5th – Pioneer Hike Preparation
We are spending some evenings this term preparing and planning for a Pioneer Hike. This is the last activity quite a few of our scouts need to earn their Pioneer Cord. This is an opportunity to plan things like: where we are going?; what we need to pack?; and what we might eat and wear on a hike?
June 12th – Wide Games in Mott Park
Tonight we were out and about playing three awesome wide games in Mott Park. For those of you who don’t know what a wide game is it involves creeping around in the dark and using stealth and strategy to successfully achieve a specific objective as a team. We played three different wide games – Funny Money, Knights in the Castle and
June 19th – Badgework Signoff Night
Each term we are going to try and schedule a night dedicated to getting through award scheme work. With so many active and engaged scouts there often isn’t enough time each week to get through everything people have been working on. We also filled out lots of proficiency badge planning forms and practiced, or learned, different knots and first aid information. Best of all is that Raven (our new District Commissioner) dropped by and taught us a new version of dodgeball and an awesome game called Duster Buster that even our injured scouts and leaders could still join in! Thanks Raven! We’re also getting really good as working as a team in Hungry Hippos even though this is only the second time we’ve played.
June 23rd – District Ice Skating
Some of us (those who had finished assessment for school already and didn’t have any other activities on) were lucky enough to be able to attend the annual District Ice Skating event at Ice World. It was cold to start with but we had a lot of fun zipping around on the rink. Thanks Raven for organising it.
June 26th – Boardgames & Homemade pizza
To finish off the busy term our last night involved spending time having fun together. We played lots of different board games such as Connect Four, Chess and Sequence. In between games a few of us finished off badge work activities and we all made really yummy pizzas in the brand new kitchen and oven. Thanks so much to the hard work by committee to provide this fantastic resource for us to learn about cooking and food preparation/hygiene. Troop council also worked hard by approving a total of 11 proficiency badge applications ready for scouts to fill their holiday downtime with lots of fun activities!
June 27th – Pioneer Hike from Wishart to Minnippi Parklands
All our planning and preparation this term culminated in a group of scouts leading and completing a Pioneer Journey. We started at Boorabbin Parklands in Wishart and followed along the Bulimba Creek biketrack and walkways all the way through to Minnippi Parklands in Tingalpa. Along the way we stopped at almost every single playground for some alternate activities. We had lunch at the Cadogen St Park where many of us cooked up hot lunches to practice our campcraft skills. On completion of the hike we had a very special parade on the water platform of the lake at Minnippi. Four of our scouts (Alex, Tash, Livi and Laura) had earned their Pioneer Campcraft and Pioneer Badges by finishing the hike. In addition, Alex, Tash and Livi also earned their Pioneer Cords! BRAVO to the three of you – you are all set to go to Jamboree now. Thank you to Komodo, Falcon, Hawkeye, Echidna and Garlanja for all your assistance today. A special thank you to Raven who came down to the park to help celebrate these achievements and present some of the badges. The kids really love and appreciate having such an engaged group of leaders and District Commissioner!
March 22nd/23rd 2015 Operation Butterfly
Penguin Patrol wins a Top 10 Pennant at Operation Butterfly
Congratulations to the 8 scouts who attended Operation Butterfly.
Your behaviour was exemplary. Many leaders have personally approached me to tell me how impressed they were with your efforts as a patrol working together as a team, helping each other and your positive attitude to every base. BRAVO!
This has to be contextualised with the knowledge that, for all but two of you, this was your first ever OB. For some of you it was your first camp as scouts. And the torrential rain and storms, that meant many bases were temporarily closed as well, means an even more fantastic effort on your part.
Sometimes it was hard, often it was muddy, there were small challenges but each of you has grown and blossomed so much and should be congratulated on persisting through the cold and wet!
March 27th – Conservation Harmony Theme Night
Tonight we had a base rotation activities night with conservation as our theme with Earth Hour and World Water Day being this week, along with Harmony Day to celebrate all the different people of the world caring and sharing our planet together.
Base 1 – Making paper lanterns in the dark. Reminded us that we are very fortunate to have electricity at our finger tips.
Base 2 – Learning how to filter water using basic means such as sticks, gravel, paper towel and cotton wool. We learnt to appreciate the water we have every day and just how difficult it can be to purify with limited resources.
Base 3 – Harmony Day Activity. Thanks to Hawkeye for coming and helping us out. We learnt about the cultural aspects of three different music tracks and how they related to us in a global cultural context.
2nd Feb Welcome Back Night Our first night back at cubs saw three new cubs join us for the first time which is really exciting. We had lots of fun doing different games and activities. Our favourite part of the night was making paper planes and having group launches to see how far they would go. Turns out we are all really good at making paper planes – perhaps it was all the inspiration we got from the recent movie? Our cub leader Kaa has been quite unwell and has had to have surgery. She is having the term off to recover properly and Hawkeye will be filling in for her. Bagheera (Victor Joey leader), Echidna (Victor Scout leader) and Emu (District Joey leader) will give Hawkeye a hand and we would love for some parents to help out when they can too. 9th Feb Law & Promise Night For many of us learning about the scout promise and law is a new thing. We had a great chat about how we can live the cub scout way by doing our best, being loyal and obedient, not giving into ourselves, helping other people and ultimately still having lots of fun living and sharing. We have also been learning how to do parades which can be a bit tricky sometimes. 16th Feb Campfire Hawkeye loves campfire and he has a really funny hat that he wears too! We also discovered that Denae and Nolan’s Dad has an amazing scout blanket from Canada that he brought to use at campfire too! He has some really awesome badges. The cubs are starting to learn some new campfire ceremonies and songs. It was fantastic to see some of our parents be able to join us around the fire too. The highlight of the campfire was the ceremonial lighting where all the cubs called out in their biggest voices to the special ‘firefly’ that flew around the den grounds and then set fire to the campfire for our enjoyment! 1st March Founders Day and JACS (Joey and Cub Scout) Rally Due to Cyclone Marcia Founders’ Day ceremony and JACS Rally had to be postponed to the 1st of March. Unfortunately this meant that some of us weren’t able to go to JACS Rally. For those of us who did go it was an awesome morning of fun with Joeys and Cubs from the whole of Toohey Forest District joining in. Our favourite base was the Baden Powell Birthday Cake game that our fantastic Joey scout Leader Bagheera created!
23rd Feb Bushwalk Tonight we went exploring off into Whites Hill State Forrest. It was an exciting adventure and we saw lots of things. Thanks so much to Archie’s Dad for spending time teaching some of us about all the cool insects and things in the forest. For some of us it was a fun opportunity to join in with Declan’s Grey Wolf hike. This was the last thing that Declan needed to do to finish his Grey Wolf award. We went up a big hill and together we made it!
2nd March Fitness with Scouts We are starting to get right into doing our Boomerang award work and tonight was a great example. Hawkeye invited the scouts to come along and join us to help us learn about different fitness activities. It is always a good opportunity to get to know the scouts better when they come a help us and ultimately it will help us when we eventually go up to the next section because we will already know them. We split up into our Bronze, Silver and Gold Boomerangs to work on different fitness activities. The scouts help run each activity (and that helped them get their badge award work signed off too!) What we learnt was that lots of us a really good at skipping and doing funky basketball dribbling moves! We even had a go at big skipping all together – it was hard trying to do it all together but it was fun!
9th March Health & Safety, New sixes, Induction of Sixers Tonight was extra special. We had a really big opening parade. Everyone got assigned to new sixes (Grey, Black, Tawny, Red and White). We have five new sixers and four seconders. From now on we will do activities in either our sixes or Boomerang award levels depending on what the activity is. Being chosen to be a sixer or a seconder means that you are growing up and starting to demonstrate some leadership skills. It is hoped that the majority of cubs will at some point have the chance to be at least a seconder if not also a sixer before they move up to scouts. We have had quite a few new cubs join us from other groups who bring a lot of experience with them from their old groups. They will only be sixers for a short time until they’re nearly ready to go up. When they move up to scouts new sixers and seconders will be appointed. Those cubs who are moving up to scouts very shortly get to be in a special six – Grey. Here they are able to finish off any badge work they would like to complete (hopefully Grey Wolf awards but not necessarily as not everyone wants to do badge work and that’s fine too) before going to scouts and their job will be to help the cub leaders with activities. Congratulations to all our new sixers and seconders and we hope you enjoy your new sixes!
Our sixers Black Six Tawny Six Red Six White Six For activities tonight we were looking at health and safety. Each six developed a skit together that demonstrated something dangerous to cubs that might happen in the home. After each skit we talked about what we could do to make sure that the bad outcomes didn’t happen and that we could be safe. There were lots of great topics – Granma’s medicine cabinet, a home invasion when parents weren’t home and the dangers of sharp knives. At the end of the night we played some really cool games with the scooter boards Hawkeye made for us. The first game was Cub Hungry Hippos where we had to work as a six to catch as many balloons as possible from the middle of the hall.
There was lots of laughing and fun and we all worked really well together.
27th Feb – Investiture Ceremony & Lightweight cooking Mt Gravatt
Tonight was a very special evening. We went up to the Mt Gravatt lookout to have a combined cub linking and scout investiture ceremony.
It was really beautiful and memorable with the sun setting over the cityscape.
Appointment Ceremony on opening parade. Our three new Patrol Leaders (Elliot – Penguin, Joseph – Panther and Koala’s PL) all took their Patrol Leader Oath and were presented with stripes, whistles and patrol staves. Two of our three Assistant Patrol Leaders (Panther – Michael and Laura – Koala) were able to be there and to be appointed.
Our linking ceremony was for Declan and Annie. Some of their cub leaders were able to come along and share some special stories with the cubs about Declan and Annie’s journeys through cubs and their achievements – both of whom have earned their Grey Wolf Award.
One of our new traditions is that anyone who is invested into the scout section (be it from cubs or new) writes their name and the date of their investiture onto the gateway crossbar. We use the same bar every time so over the years we will have a fantastic record of everyone joining Victor scouts!
We also invested a new scout all the way from the UK – Michael.
It was great to be able to share this ceremony with lots of parents who stayed and many people in our community who were at the lookout. It was also a great night to do a first link night for two of our linking cubs Austin and Adam. We are happy they are joining us and looking forward to when they too will have a special investiture ceremony. In the mean time they are starting to get to know what scouts is like.
As it happens everyone in the section received a badge of some sort tonight too; that doesn’t happen very often! Either for award work they had completed, a new patrol patch, investiture or linking badges.
For our activity tonight we also learned about light hike cooking methods using solid fuel (hexamine), liquid fuel (metho) and gas fuel (butane). Each patrol chose two of these methods and then cooked themselves some supper. Koala and Penguin patrol made s’mores (short for some more!) and Panther patrol made chocolate dipping sauce.
A huge thank you to all the parents and leaders who were able to stay for the investiture ceremony and also to Komodo for his brilliant orchestration of the tea/coffee/hot chocolate for supper.
1st March – Postponed Founder’s Day Ceremony and Clean Up Australia Day
Due to Cyclone Marcia Founder’s Day was postponed to this date.
Some of our section were able to join the ceremony to celebrate Baden Powell’s birthday which is the date we use to remember the fabulous opportunities and experiences we all have through scouting that wouldn’t be possible without BP.
6th March – Kitchen Fly Construction
An important scouting skill is learning how to set up a camp site. Tonight we learnt and practiced a few different knots and then used them to learn about teamwork and constructing a kitchen fly. The kitchen fly keeps the rain and sun off our camp kitchen and uses wooden spars, rope, pegs and a tarp. It also covers both Pioneer knots (clove hitch, rolling hitch, sheet bend) and Explorer knots (bow line) so opportunity for everyone to learn together. Even basic skills like how to bang a peg into the ground safely and how to look after gear. We didn’t quite get them completely up but that’s OK and we gave it a really good go!
7-8th March – Family Camp
Most of our scouts were able to join in the fun of family camp. As a section we were able to do some sewing of badges onto uniforms and to also get award work signed off. Camps are often an excellent opportunity to do these sorts of activities. Our patrol leaders taught everyone how to sing “Road Kill Stew” and some of our scouts either organised and performed skits or helped to lead songs. We also held a special ceremony at sunset on the Burleigh Heads Beach to invest Ellie into the troop and to appoint Tadgh as an APL. Congratulations to both. Well done everyone – camp was so much fun and you all helped to make it happen!
See the separate blog post of all the things that happened at family camp.
13th March – Operation Butterfly Preparation
In a couple of weeks some of our scouts are headed off to Operation Butterfly – this is a lightweight hiking camp over a 24hr period. Scouts navigate through bushland to reach different bases. At each base there are activities to complete as a patrol. This is a competition camp where points are awarded based on navigation skill execution, teamwork and completion of base activities. Ultimately it doesn’t really matter about points, it’s a great opportunity for scouts to meet other scouts in the South East corner of Qld. There are generally about 400-500 scouts that participate.
To prepare for this camp we had three bases – Navigation (run by Komodo), Teamwork skills – Walking on Mars (run by Falcon) and Menu planning (run by Echidna). Even for scouts not attending Butterfly these are all general scouting skills that are part of award work but also just having fun doing scouting things.
We also played some new games that were a hit – Evolution with almost everyone turning from an egg into a Butterfly and the Anti-gravity tent pole!
Declan has been in scouting since he was a Joey up in Rockhampton. He started cubs with another group and came to Victor at the start of the year having started linking into Victor scouts.
Over the summer holidays Declan worked really hard to finish off all the components of his Gold Boomerang and planning his walk to complete the award. It was a great effort and he did a fantastic job!
On Friday 27th of February we held a ceremony at the summit of Mt Gravatt to award Declan his Grey Wolf award and to also invest Declan into the scout section. It was really great that some of the Victor cubs and Declan’s old cub leader, Lorikeet, were also able to come along and share this special event with him.
It was a fantastic night as you can see by the pictures. Declan’s Mum also made a yummy cake to celebrate.
On Saturday 7th of March we had our very first Victor Family camp at Burleigh Heads Camp Kallaroo. It was an absolutely beautiful weekend for a beach camp with nearly 60 family members attending.
We spent part of both Saturday and Sunday at Burleigh Heads beach. There was lots of yummy food and we all had a great time getting to know new and old Victor families better. It was so lovely to see everyone pitching in and helping out and working together for a great weekend.
At the beach there was lots of swimming, body surfing, digging, sea princess headpiece creations and sand castle building along with afternoon tea on the beach which always tastes great!
Saturday night, just on sunset, the scouts headed down to the beach for a special ceremony where we invested Ellie into the section and appointed Tadgh as an Assistant Patrol Leader with Burleigh Headlands in the background, the sun setting over the mountains and the tide rolling in.
After a great BBQ dinner we headed to the campfire, where Hawkeye, with his funky campfire meister hat, lead us together in a rousing cub-type campfire. There was singing and skits and jokes and riddles along with a lighting ceremony and a Mowgli Jungle Book yarn. Turns out all our favourite campfire songs are rather macabre but funny. For many this was their experience of a scouting campfire and followed with supper of hot milo!
Sunday morning was a lazy start with egg and bacon rolls for brekkie and back to the beach. There were all sorts of activities going on with sewing lessons, camp face squares, board games, soccer, skateboarding and signing off some badge award work.
Unfortunately some of our families were unable to attend due to prior commitments. We missed them all. Overall it was an absolutely fabulous weekend and we hope to do the same thing as an annual event.
On March 1st a group of our Joeys, Cubs and Scouts were able to get together and give up a couple of hours of their morning to help clean up our local area – Mott Park. We were fortunate enough to have our local councillor, Ian MacKenzie, and his wife come and join in with us. It’s great to see scouts and government working together to make our community a better place. We had a fun time working together and found some interesting rubbish too – like a car exhaust pipe!
It’s been a very busy start to Term 1, 2015
Well, it was a fabulous start to the year when Victor Scout section met on Friday night.
We welcomed two new patrol members – Ellie and Michael.
Our linking cub Declan was also back for another night – he has nearly finished his Gold Boomerang and Grey Wolf and will be joining us permanently in scout section very soon.
Everyone had a fantastic time getting to know each other playing games and learning new knots. Together Penguin patrol constructed two chariots and had fun racing them around the den.
This week we welcomed another linking cub, Annie, who will be a lone scout as her family travels Australia but having Victor as a home base when she is in Brisbane.
Our activity for the night involved learning how to do basic navigation then determining and navigating a path between the den and Holland Park RSL. Here we completed some community service for our RSL friends. Just rubbish pick up in the park and sweeping the front stairs as the memorial is temporarily undergoing some renovations ready for ANZAC Day. This community service will be an ongoing activity for all Victor Scout Group sections.
Tonight was a very exciting time in Victor Troop. Following sign-on day our troop has grown to 11 with 5 linking cubs joining us over the next few months. With this in mind Troop Council voted to split the troop from just Penguin Patrol into three new patrols. So Victor Troop have 3 patrols now – Penguin, Panther and Koala and look forward to exciting times ahead.
For this week’s activity we completed emergency and first aid procedures. Learning all about DRSABCD, how to manage and treat various emergency situations and finished the night by creating bush stretchers and carry fellow patrol members 500m through the park.
We had planned to attend the Chinese New Year celebrations in the Valley for International Cultural awareness but unfortunately Cyclone Marcia had other ideas. Instead we had a great night of games and catching up on award scheme work. A scout sized version of Hungry Hippos was fantastic (and let us practice reef knots and bowlines along with teamwork to achieve a goal) – can you believe every round ended up with each patrol collecting the same number of balloons! We also played Mousetrap Attack; Scout, Scout, Joey; Stuck in the Mud and Marco Polo. Alex shared his rock collection with his patrol as part of his collector badge, Elliot finished off his World Scout badge, Tash and Livi finished off their Pioneer citizenship badges with a bit of first aid. Everyone else started or continued to work on various parts of their award work.
Founders Day – Toohey Forest Orienteering Afternoon February 22nd, 2015
Unfortunately the morning Founder’s Day was postponed due to weather from Cyclone Marcia. However, our orienteering activity was able to proceed as the weather cleared. The Toohey Forest scouts were welcomed by the Toohey Forest Orienteering Group to join in their Bush Navigation and Coaching session in the Toohey Forest bordering on Griffith University. It was a fantastic afternoon, despite the rain sprinkling in the middle as a by-product of Cyclone Marcia. The club orienteers were very patient and helpful teaching the scouts the basics of orienteering. After an hour of practical instruction through the bush the scouts were sent out in pairs on a course of their choice (easy, moderate or difficult). Given this was the first time participating in this kind of activity we are very proud of the efforts of the Victor scouts. Alex (11) and Declan (10.5) coming second with Elliot (13) and Joseph (12) third only beaten by Samuel and Alistair from Rochedale. Out of a field of 28 attempting this course it was a great effort. Thanks to Aquilla from Rochedale for helping to organise the event.
JAMBOREE INFORMATION SESSION
Jamboree is an amazing opportunity for scouts to participate in.
To qualify you must have turned 11 but not 15 by 3rd Jan, 2016.
Echidna would love you to please come along to the AJ2016 Information session.
Victor Den Scout Room Downstairs
Saturday 7th February, 2015