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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.



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.



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






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.



An urban adventure

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Most people think of camping, when they think of Scouts. But we also try to enjoy the natural beauty of our local urban environment, such as our recent pre-Kangaree sleepover and “urban hike”.