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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.



After flagbreak, everyone enjoyed a selection of light refreshments




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.



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).


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


Baloo’s Picnic at the Zoo!

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On 19th of March, thousands of cubs gathered to celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouting with a picnic and games at the Melbourne Zoo. Hosted by Carl Gustave, king of Sweden, the picnic brought together cubs from all around Victoria to participate in a range of activities before a visit to the zoo.


5th Brunswick cubs teamed up with a group from Drouin to run through a series of fun activities.


King Carl Gustave of Sweden was Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation at the picnic.


Special royal edition badges were awarded for Investiture and Bring a Friend at the picnic.


After the picnic, the cubs were free to mix it with the wildlife at the zoo.



Scarfing Up Sheryl

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Today at Brunswick South Primary School members of 5th Brunswick Scout Group addressed the school assembly.  Youth members explained to the school what Joeys, Cubs and Scouts are all about and why they love being a part of the Scouting movement.

Group ambassador Abbie presented school prinicipal Sheryl Hall with a Victorian State Scarf as a way of saying thank you on behalf of 5th Brunswick Scout Group for great and inspiring leadership in our community. Sheryl is pleased to have so many students involved in such a wonderful program.


On the Scarf you find images uniquely Victorian & Scouting – the Southern Cross, the Scout Logo (Fleur de Lis), icons of Victoria like the tram, our State Emblems – the Pink Heath, the Helmeted Honey Eater, the Leadbeater’s Possum, the Weedy Seadragon, hiking, sailing, abseiling & the Scout Salute symbols. This scarf also includes a word map of all the Scouting Districts & Regions of Victoria. The scarf is designed to only be presented to special individuals and groups.

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Many 5th Brunswick Scout Group members attend Brunswick South Primary School. Group leaders Matt Dunstan-Potter, Jon Gordon and Fiona Madigan were also present for this occasion at assembly.



Founders’ Day 2015

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Founders’ Day was marked with a great adventure in Melbourne CBD – Big Day Scout!

Starting the day running from Federation Square on a city Wide Game with a Street Art twist, the whole group were following clues and finding checkpoints before regrouping at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl for a spectacular show to invest our new Chief Scout of Victoria!

We found a monochrome campsite in the mall.


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Meeting up at Federation Square before breaking into teams.


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ARAP 2015

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ARAP: Annual Reports And Presentation evening. The annual meeting of 5th Brunswick Group was an exciting and entertaining night for youth members and families.


Leaders show to unfurl the flag.





Matt and Abbie present Meghan Hopper, mayor of Moreland with a scarf.



After the formalities, the group were rapt by raptors.


Group Awards

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At the recent district ARAP, 5th Brunswick group received the the following awards:
– Chief Commissioners Award for 31.25% growth
– Quality Scouting Award for 83% retention (as a measure of quality of our


We had the largest growth and only group in the District to get the Quality Scouting award this year. Well done!!