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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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Bike Hike

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The Joey Scouts met at the top of Royal Park for a bike ride down through Royal Park to the Royal Children’s Hospital playground. At the playground we had time for a long play and met 4th Brunswick Cubs. 4th Brunswick Cubs organised a fantastic scavenger hunt where the Joeys joined the Cubs’ sixes. A fun night!

 

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Koori Heritage Trust

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As part of the Adventure Challenge badge, we visited the Koorie Heritage Trust at Federation Square and Birrarung Marr. We saw an exhibition called “Stitching Together the Songlines” which included possum and kangaroo skin cloaks. At Birrarung Marr we saw various art installations celebrating Aboriginal Australian heritage described in the book Melbourne Dreaming.

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Getting hands-on with the displays            |   5 shields representing groups of the Kulin nation   | Carvings in the play space

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Rolling down the giant hill                            |  Detail of the eel trap work on the ground    |   Listening to the giant grass sway in the wind

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Heading back to Flinders Street station