Over the 21st and 22nd of September two Scouts, and two Leaders from St. Augustines joined with another 86 for a weekend of Song, Dance, and Dram at the Cubs & Scouts Performing Arts Weekend, run by the Hutt Valley Gang Show.
What an awesome weekend it was too with; none stop activities, plenty of good food, and an extreme buzz of excitement and chatter when not performing.
Atom hooded up on the left, taking part in 2 minute skit, created by the boys taking part.
All singing their hearts out
The singing had actions and some dance steps too, some simple, some complex with syncopated timings.
We Are Sailing Along…
On the crest of a wave…
An all time favorite of the Gang Show.
At the end certificates were presented, by former Gang Show leaders wearing their distinctive red scarfs.
Percy’s Scenic Reserve – makes for a great place to visit, even at night. St. Augustines Scouts had a great tramp in the dark up around and down again, over bridges, up steps, under trees, and even through some streams.This circular route took less than an hour and a half, including a generous stop to take in the views.
Which way to go home?
One St. Augustine Scouts so far has expressed his enthusiasm to attend the 23rd World Jamboree, it would be great if he can have the company of another Scout from St. Augustine or Lower Hutt.
Japan might seem a long way to send our children, but in 2 years time they will all be that much older and that much more capable. I know first hand that the Japanese make extremely good hosts for visitors, the children whom go will be in for a treat. If any other Scout would like to go it will be good for them to know that they would be going along with at least one fluent Japaneses speaker whom would be able to help out with the language there.
It’s now just under 2 years until the 23rd World Scout Jamboree opens in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, in Japan.
Now is the time to start the planning in earnest, so that the New Zealand contingent is well prepared and as many SCOUTS from New Zealand as possible get the opportunity to participate in what is the world’s largest youth gathering.
About the Jamboree
The 23rd World Jamboree is being hosted by the Scout Association of Japan, and the Jamboree site is on reclaimed land on the coast of Yamaguchi City in Western Japan. This is only the second World Jamboree to be held on a coastal site. The site has just hosted the 30th APR/16th Nippon Jamboree by way of a practice for the big event in 2 years time.
Tonight the Scouts showed just how handy they can be at using DIY tools. Taking three sheets of ply, and then carefully cutting out a Tuatara template.
The Tuatara is St. Augustines Scouts’ mascot, and a huge one is being built to take to the Jamboree and other Scout camps.
Tuatara comes from Maori in the 19th century; tua ‘on the back’ + tara ‘spine.’