Kea, Cubs , and Scouts have an exciting award scheme where the boys and girls can extend themselves to earn badges, such as collectors, swimming, biking, canoeing, entertaining, photography … and many more.
Receiving badges also motivates boys and girls to take pride in wearing them on their uniform, especially as they are encourage to sew the badges on themselves.
It was early Sunday morning, the day was still young at 7:45am when a group of St. Augustine Scouts, Leaders, and parents left towards the Wainuiomata to start a substantial walk over the Rimutaka Forest Park on the Whakanui Track.
Buddies were chosen as the safety rules were emphasized just before the start of the tramp.And off we all went into the glorious moist New Zealand bush, green ferns, lush leaves, along with water dripping, water flowing downwards, ever downwards…
After the snow came a magical rainbow out of the blue, with its red, orange, green and purple shining all so fresh and so new.
Then like the water it was time for us to descend, whilst we tried not to slip and slide, with the mud squelching under foot, to the bottom of the valley to listen to the gurgling Orongorongo River.
All along the root “Miss Positively Twiggy”, found ways of placing roots, twigs, and even branches on unsuspecting, and even some suspecting trampers, much to everyone’s amusement.
The last leg we were met with a surprise, when out of the bush popped Tui and Daryl, not wanting to completely miss out on the walk, delved into the Rimutaka Forest Park from the pickup point to meet us.
All done, a great 8hr walk complete,
everyone showing smiles to the parents
whom have kindly come to whisk us all home.
Lets also not forget the smartest tramper that we have ever met, with his pin-strip shirt, and his profundity of knowledge on Kiwi’s that enthralled and rooted us to the spot, as he explained how he and many other volunteers help protect Kiwis in the Kiwi Release zone that we cut through.
St Augustines Scout Group – Petone
St. Augustine’s Scout Atom Ashley (right of photo) was luck enough to take full advantage of the National Aviation School, where he learn to fly and took the controls of a microlite, a glider, and the Cessna shown below. Scouts can apply for the school via the Scout New Zealand’s website.
The Scouts were blessed with good weather, although a bit balmy, being well prepared with wind proofs certainly helped.
Whilst some went fishing, a few took out a potato cannon. Ready,
Aim, fire ……..
Bag, Woosh, Wow, where did that potato go? Somes Island?
Perhaps we can bop a whale with this.
Fishing was fun too, lots of bate, and high hopes.
The three fishermen salute.
The previous night, Scouts went down to the Petone Fore shore, around the Hikoikoi Reserve Disc Golf area also clean up as much rubbish as they could find, before playing a round of Disc Golf themselves.
Steady as she goes.
Getting adventurous now….
now we popped out from under the pier.
Out into open water, “lets head for the pontoon”.
Here come more friends.
Yes a star fish, hiding from…