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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

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Food Bank drive for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre

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Joey Scouts learned about the global Scouting program “Messengers of Peace“.

Joey Scouts do good turns and help others because it is part of the Joey Scout Promise and Law. It is nice to help others, even if it is only a small action. Whenever we are kind to people we send a message of love and peace, making a difference to the others and also ourselves.

Requirements

  • Learn about the Messengers of
Peace initiative in a Scout meeting or online.
  • Participate in a good turn for your community

We had Jen come and speak to us from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and spent the term collecting food for their Food Bank.

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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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Better news for the Helmeted Honeyeater

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We were delighted to plant habitat for the Helmeted Honeyeater for the second year in a row. Last year there were less than 100 birds left in the wild but this year they have seen more than 200.

About 30 Joeys, siblings and parents – plus our wonderful family with a Cub and a Scout – planted 500 indigenous “mid storey” plants such as kangaroo apple, woolly tea tree, prickly currant bush and Victorian Christmas bush, to name a few.

The undoubted highlight was seeing birds in the wild! We were lucky enough to see – very close – about half a dozen birds. Because some of the population bred at Healesville Sanctuary were released into the reserve, these birds are used to people and came to see if we might have some food for them.

Thanks again to Friends of the Helmeted Honeyater, helping to rescue Victoria’s bird emblem from extinction.

 

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We saw a number of birds – and there are only 200 left!

 

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Planting a tricky area on a slope                    |     New seedling                                    | Whole family getting in the action

 

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Our pot snake with half the planting done – we planted 2 * this amount!

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Satisfied with our efforts                                 | Our mascot, Flying Fox, likes to come too

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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

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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.

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

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

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

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