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ARAP 2017 – a report by Ollie

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On Saturday the 26 August 5th Brunswick had our Annual Report, Awards and Presentation (ARAP). At the start we did flag break and I broke the flag. Our Group Leader showed us some statistics of all the fundraising and sources of funding. The Joeys Leader did a presentation. It was interesting to see what the Joeys had done over the past year. Then the Cubs Leader came up with some of the Cubs and told us about all of the outings they’d done. It was great that not only a Leader came up but some of the Cubs came up too. Then for the Scout level presentation I gave a speech about what scouting had been like over the past 12 months and talked about what the a Scout troop had done. It was an exciting experience.

 

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After that we had a bush dance. The band was called Blackberry Jam. Before the bush dancing they did whip cracking with us. I got to crack the whip with a Ned Kelly helmet on. Then we did the bush dancing. We did a bit of partner dancing and lots of dancing as a group. My favourite dance was when we went out and around the front of the Scout hall, all linked up as a group. Also we did a role play of Waltzing Matilda and I was the farmer that owned the jumbuck.

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Then we had pizza for dinner. There was 40 pizzas and about 30 people, so you could eat as much pizza as you wanted and we still had some left over. So one of my Scout Leaders challenged me and Huon to eat 10 pieces of pizza each and if we did we each got a pizza to take home. I ate 8.5 pieces of pizza and Huon ate 7. I almost passed out. I never did get that pizza to take home!

-Oliver

 

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Cub Scouts Camp at The Pines

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On 11th March, the Cub Scouts had their first camp for 2017 at The Pines, near the foreshore in Altona.

For many, this was an important opportunity to sleep for two nights under canvas as a step towards earning their Campout Badge – a requirement for Cuboree!

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Cubs put up their own tents and used the outdoor kitchen facility.

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On Saturday night, the pack put on a variety show performance to entertain leaders and parents. Singing, dancing, playing instruments, telling jokes and magic tricks were just some of the showcase of talent that was on display.

 

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On Sunday night, the pack was joined by the Joeys for a sleepover and other activities.

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Founder’s Day Hike

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On 19th February the Scouts kicked off the first hike of the year with a trip to Pound Bend reserve in Warrandyte to celebrate Baden Powell’s birthday.

Along with family members, they explored Pound Bend, the tunnel blasted in 1870 and learned of the the Wurundjeri culture linked to this sacred site.

A bit of rain didn’t dampen spirits

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Australian Scout Medallion Awarded

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Congratulations to Claire on earning the Australian Scout Medallion (ASM) – the highest award in the Scout Section. It is considered the pinnacle of Scouting at this stage.

To earn the ASM a Scout must:

  • Participate in a Scout Leadership Course,
  • Demonstrate an active leadership role in Scouting and
  • Achieve the Adventurer Cord.

The final step for Claire to earn her ASM was to conduct a weekend camp in Geelong, leading four other Scouts.

Claire’s achievement was celebrated by the group and parents at Pound Bend Reserve.

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Cub Canoe Activity

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On 23 February, 5th Brunswick Cubs joined with other groups on The Maribyrnong River for a canoe activity hosted by the Lerderderg Region Canoe Team.

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After safety drill and instructions, the cubs were fitted with personal floatation devices and took to the water in teams.

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A fun evening messing around in boats.

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Going up to Scouts

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Six of our Cubs were promoted to Scouts in a going up ceremony at Balfe Park on 8 December.

As they symbolically crossed a rope bridge leading them from the cub pack to the scout troop, group members, leaders and parents pelted them with water balloons. All of them safely made the transition to this new and exciting step on their Scouting journey.

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Grey Wolf Awards

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On 1 December, 5 of our Cubs received the highest award for a Cub Scout – the Grey Wolf!

Congratulations to Freya, Abbie, Huon, Elspeth and Sam who join Ruby in making this a record number of 6 Grey Wolves for the group in 2016, the centenary year for Cubs.

As well as accomplishing all the requirements for the Gold Boomerang badge, the Grey Wolf award requires completing special interest and achievement badges, participating in outdoor activities, organising hikes, taking on leadership roles within the pack and at camps, as well as creating resources for their group to share.

The occasion was celebrated with a formal presentation withthe pack, family, friends and school representation.

 

 

 

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ARAP 2016

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2016 Annual Report and Presentation (ARAP) of 5th Brunswick Group was an exciting and entertaining night for youth members and families.

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After flagbreak, everyone enjoyed a selection of light refreshments

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Special guests included an array of native animals, informatively presented by Wildlife Xposure.

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Entertaining and inspirational reports on Cubs, Scouts and Venturers by youth members were followed by formalities. Highlights were the Woodbeads and Queen Scout awards.

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Jamboree on the Trail – You Yangs

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On Saturday the 14th of May,  Scouts around the world simultaneously participated in local hikes as part of the 19th annual Jamboree on the Trail (JOTT).

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5th Brunswick cubs, scouts and joeys joined with other Moreland-Darebin district youth members and parents on a 6.5 km hike through the scenic You Yangs Regional Park. The distinctive granite peaks of the You Yangs rise from the flat volcanic plains between Melbourne and Geelong.

This event allowed Moreland Darebin scouts to take part in an activity at the same time as other Scouts internationally, promoting the idea of the Scouting kinship. Participants are awarded a JOTT badge as a recognition of having participated in this worldwide event.IMG_20160514_120030