Article in Lower Hutt News.
St. Augustines made up 20+ of the 448 Scouts and Ventures at the Lower North Island camp at Brookfields in Wainuiomata this year.
On his return from Africa in 1903, Baden-Powell found that his military training manual, Aids to Scouting, had become a best-seller, and was being used by teachers and youth organisations. Following his involvement in the Boys’ Brigade as Brigade Secretary and Officer in charge of its scouting section, with encouragement from his friend, William Alexander Smith, Baden-Powell decided to re-write Aids to Scouting to suit a youth readership. In August 1907 he held a camp on Brownsea Island to test out his ideas. About twenty boys attended: eight from local Boys’ Brigade companies, and about twelve public school boys, mostly sons of his friends.
Baden-Powell was also influenced by Ernest Thompson Seton, who founded the Woodcraft Indians. Seton gave Baden-Powell a copy of his book The Birch Bark Roll of the Woodcraft Indians and they met in 1906.The first book on the Scout Movement, Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys was published in six instalments in 1908, and has sold approximately 150 million copies as the fourth best-selling book of the 20th century.
At the 5th World Scout Jamboree in 1937, Baden-Powell gave his farewell to Scouting, and retired from public Scouting life. 22 February, the joint birthday of Robert and Olave Baden-Powell, continues to be marked as Founder’s Day by Scouts and Thinking Day by Guides to remember and celebrate the work of the Chief Scout and Chief Guide of the World.
‘In his final letter to the Scouts, Baden-Powell wrote’
… I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have a happy life too. I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness does not come from being rich, nor merely being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man. Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one. But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. ‘Be Prepared’ in this way, to live happy and to die happy — stick to your Scout Promise always — even after you have ceased to be a boy — and God help you to do it.
Plans are under way for the new Kea Club that will start this term on a Thursday evening.
We are now looking for names of adults and children who would be interested in joining.
Keas is for school Year 1- to Year 3 children. Transition to Cubs Y3 term 4.
Please ask around your friends and family and email me a list of people and their contact details.
Kea Clubs provide safe and nurturing environments for children to develop their creativity…
Keas interact with nature and learn to share through co-operation and teamwork. They engage in active and quiet games, stories, creative crafts, play-acting and singing. Keas share a motto: ‘I share, I care, I discover, I grow.’
The Keas programme is designed around Year 1 to Year 3 at school
I look forward to hearing from you.
Sunday 1st of December, Scout leaders from the Lower Hutt region met to celebrate the year and for the presentation of the “Hutty” awards to those whom have made a tremendous contribution to Scouting in the Zone over the past year.
To quote the Lower North Island Regional News:
“Donna Seddon has been the driving force behind the resurgence of St Augustines. The group has gone from a cub pack only to now include a scout troop and a second cub pack with Keas starting in the new year. This growth has happened in just over a year.”
St. Augustines Scouts have been busy fundraising and preparing for Jamboree through out the year, and tonight combine both aspects, with raft building and a visit from Petone’s Freemasons Lower Hutt Lodge in Petone.
One of the activities on the up and coming shakedown camp in preparation for Jamboree is raft building. Scouts love to be prepared, and so this evening was spent learning the knotting skills and trying out designs for a successful raft.
Clove hitches, triangular lashings, and square lashings were mastered as the boys helped each other out to complete their constructions. And no soon as complete, they just had to image they were setting off on some high sea adventure, all aboard, all aboard for “adventure plus” land.
No sooner that they set sail, it’s emergency, man overboard!
When whom should arrive, none other than Bob and Bob from the Lower Hutt Freemasons Lodge.
Christian and Rowan already new the Bob & Bob, as they had been to visit them and explained how the newly revived St. Augustines Scout Troop had started with a dream to attend New Zealand’s national Jamboree at the end of this year.
This was an import return visit as Christian and Rowan were to be presented with very generous cheques amounting to $2300 by way of sponsorship to the Jamboree.
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.