ANZAC Day Petone, Memorial Gardens

The weather smiled on the Petone Memorial Garden’s ANZAC day this morning at 8:15am and upon the hundreds of Scouts, whom joined with representatives from New Zealand’s National Defense Force, contingencies from the Cadets, Girl Guides, local MPs, and members of the public to show their respect to the fallen soldiers of New Zealand.

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Jan – a decade of dedication

Wow. 10 years of service, by Jan Simmons, as Cub/Group Leader of St. Augustines Scouts in Petone. Anyone whom has offered to help for just one night of Cubs, will know that this is not a sitting back affair, and one that is not just limited to the one night a week either. There are leader’s meetings, weekly preparations, and camps too. Which all in all amounts to a tremendous and unaccounted effort.

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Cossgrove Scout and leader training

A huge amount of training was undertaken this weekend by members of the St. Augustines Group, with 5 leaders and 3 Scouts attending the Crossgrove course in Brookfields, Wainuiomata.

Core Scouting skills were covered, such as knots and lashings, First Aid, hygiene, compass skills, axe and knife skills, fire lighting, cookers and stoves, camp cooking.

The leader’s course started Friday night, with lectures until 11:00 on the Scouting teaching methods.


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Investitures – Welcome to St. Augs

St. Augustine’s Scouts proudly welcomes: Jackson, Qynn, and Rowan to our Scout Troop. The three solemnly took their Scout Promises with their left hand upon the St. Augustine’s Group flag this evening, received their new scarfs, woggles, and Scout Badges.

Atom, Jet, and Todd also re-affirmed their promise,  on the flag which was making its first showing in our investiture ceremony.

Then it was times for fun and games for the boys, before they hand a chance to make their own sherbet, which fizzed and buzzed around in their mouths as they tested their first batches, before making a second batch to take home.

Grand Grage Sale

The early morning rain did not dampen down St. Augustines first Jamboree fundraiser as the sun remained shining producing a rainbow of vivid yellow, orange, red, green, blue, purple, and indigo curving over Petone Rec and seemingly into our hall illuminating the phantasmagoria of jumble and home baking for sale – our pot of gold.

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