In addition to painting our fabulous new patrol boxes with a bit of help from Raven, we began the night with a very special ceremony. Five of our scubs (cubs-linking-to-scouts) were invested fully into the scout section. Ciara, Emily, Tom, Millie and Sophie were very excited to finally become fully fledged scouts. We held the investiture in the bushland of Mott Park with everyone having glow sticks to help light the way. After a farewell cub parade from our Group Leader/Cub Leader Hawkeye, each of the scubs was carried through the investiture gateway on a chair chariot by their new patrol members. Once everyone was into the scout circle each scub wrote their name on the gateway crossbeam – the list is getting long and everyone loves looking at who has gone before. Emily, Millie and Tom were invested into Penguin Patrol and Ciara and Sophie into Panther Patrol. As usual there was some excellent descriptors by the PLs as to why their patrol is the best and a general welcoming of all the new scouts.
We always love a good campfire. Tonight we learnt how to cut wood with Hawkeye and then built a campfire. As always there was lots of singing with our linking scubs sharing their favourite song “Da Moose.” They also joined in our favourites like Cecil was a Caterpillar, National Embalming School, Baby Shark, Roadkill Stew, Found a Peanut and Jumped for 40 000 feet! There was also the classic Little Green Ball skit by Penguin. Lots of watermelon applauses all round!
Our first adventure to Operation Nighthawk (8-9th August 2015) as Victor Troop with only two scouts who had previously participated. After plenty of planning and packing our intrepid scouts headed west to the Darling Downs Region to the Clifton Airfield for Operation Nighthawk 2015. This year we entered two patrols (Penguin & Panther) who were supported by Hawkeye, Komodo, Falcon, Emu, Cobra and Adam’s parents (Lisa & Andrew).
After setting up camp and opening parade our scouts headed back to our campsite. We had a quick turnaround for dinner (chicken pasta casserole) and bundled our scouts into their warm clothes before an early start time of 5.45pm. The sun setting across the site was really amazing.
For the leaders and parents it was then an evening of relaxing around the fires and catching up with leaders from other troops and perhaps a spot of badge collecting.
For the kids it was an amazing hike through the Darling Downs countryside around the Clifton Airfield. Navigating their way through the dark and cold (temperature dropped below zero early in the morning) to work as a team and complete the various activity bases.
I’m extremely proud of the efforts of both patrols and the support they gave each other. It was hard on our PLs (one of whom is 13 and one 12.5) but everyone helped out.
I am especially proud of Panther patrol (nick named the temporary broken patrol) who battled through with Joseph who’d been sick with a throat infection, and Laura with a broken upper arm (still in sling), Mike with a re-injured broken finger and two 10.5 year old scouts none of whom would even consider not participating and one of whom we had to do a safety action plan with the Operation Nighthawk team (Thanks to Peter Twyford aka Wombat from Darling Downs Region team) and the orthopaedic surgeon who Laura the all clear to go! Well done especially to Rodhana, Adam & Ellie for helping your team mates through and making it to the end. Your leadership and caring natures were shining bright.
Also proud of Penguin patrol who had a very young group of scouts (only 2/8 over the age of 12). You worked had together to with a few scouts under the weather as well.
Both patrols arrived back at camp after about 6hrs out on the course completing the 12km hike and all bases. I’m not sure how much sleep everyone got as the temperature dropped below zero. Maybe next year we’ll have some more blankets and tent warming gear. Oh and we might need an ice breaker after the washing up water froze too!
With the sun rising fast we headed to closing parade before making the trek home with a brief stop at Maccas for some lunch!
Tonight was a special one for Nathan as we invested him into the scout section. Nathan comes from a multi-generationafamily with a passion for photography and off road 4WDriving. So to make this ceremony extra special we organised to invest Nathan on the back of a ute! Thanks to his parents for helping with the logistics. As you can see from the pics it was a pretty cool investiture ceremony.
Thanks so much to our District Adventurous Activities Leader, Wombat, for coming and spending the evening with our PLs and APLs to teach them all about the skills associating with navigation and also for night hiking in preparation for Operation Nighthawk. Meanwhile the rest of the patrols worked through three bases on various skills they would need for Operation Nighthawk including Scouting Histories, Promise & Law and Knotting.
Who ever said a bit of wet weather would stop a scouting program? When it comes to rain there are two options: put on a rain coat or find an alternative. This week we were planning to learn about Queenslander tent construction. Putting up tents in the rain when you’re not on camp isn’t much fun so we took this one inside. For many this is the first time they’ve even seen one of these tents so it was a bit of fun.
- 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.