Kaitoke Day Tramp to Rivendale

Meeting at the end of ‘Two Lakes Road’ Petone’s St. Augustines Scout Troop plus friends and family, set off for a three hour hike in glorious weather and premo spirits. The goal of the walk, just like Bilbo  Baggins at the beginning of his adventure – Rivendale. For the Scouts this too is the beginning of their adventure, with many more tramps, hikes, and camps to come.

Kaitoke Rivendale MapDay tramp route taken by Scouts

O! What are you doing,
And where are you going?
Your ponies need shoeing!
The River is flowing!
O! Tra-la-la-lally
Here down in the valley!

DSC01304   Lunch and time to rest

O! What are you seeking,
And where are you making?
The faggots are reeking!
The bannocks are baking!
O! Tril-lil-lil-lolly
The valley is jolly
Ha ha!

DSC01312A grand old tree, found whilst having a grand old time.

O! Where are you going,
With beards all a-wagging?
No knowing, no knowing
What brings Mister Baggins,
And Balin and Dwalin
Down into the valley
In June
Ha ha!

DSC01314Boots and laces

O! Will you be staying,
Or will you be flying?
Your ponies are straying!
The daylight is dying!
To fly would be folly,
To stay would be jolly!
And listen and hark
Till the end of the dark
To our tune.
Ha ha!

  Hobbit Scouts in Rivindale3 Hobbit Scouts in Rivendale

The dragon is withered,
His bones are now crumbled!
His armor is shivered,
His splendour is humbled!
Though sword shall be rusted
And throne and crown perish,
With strength that men trusted
And wealth that they cherish,
Here grass is still growing,
And leaves are yet swinging!
The white water is flowing,
And elves are yet singing!
Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
Come back to the valley!

DSC01318 Hobbits, elves, dwarf, wizards, and Scouts

The stars are far brighter
Than gems without measure,
The moon is far whiter
Than silver in treasure:
The fire is more shining
On hearth in the gloaming
Than gold won by mining,
So why so a-roaming?
O! Tra-la-la-lally!
Come back to the Valley!

DSC01330O! Where are you going?
So late in returning?
The water is flowing!
The stars are all burning!
O! Whither so laden,
So sad and so dreary?
Here elf and elf-maiden
Now welcome the weary!
With tra-la-la-lally
Come back to the Valley,
Ha ha!DSC01323 DSC01331Sizzling sausages afterwards


Scout Indoor Archery

Some Scouts thought they were going to be William Tell, straight out of the history books, sharp shooting apples balancing on their mates heads, others had never shot a bow before and did not know up from down. What ever their expectation, they all realised shooting with arrow has to be done with respect, in order to have fun, and shaped up before we demonstrated the compound bow’s fire power which result in a heft thwack into the resonating plywood straight through the target.

Liam’s bulls eye, impressed everyone, 50 points, then 5, then 20 not bad for his first ever go with a bow.

DSC01284 In flight arrow

You can actually see an arrow in flight if you click picture to the right.

Archery instruction

Patient instruction, helped build up confidence.


Second time around, careful steady aim, by the most consistently good shoot
of the night.

Good shooting everyone.

And thank you Donna for making such vivid target.