Max Learning to sew


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.

Here is Max, a Scout learning to sew his first Scout badge on, and planning on filling his arm with more badges in the feature.Max Learning to sew

Whakanui Track walk

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.DSC05129And off we all went into the glorious moist New Zealand bush, green ferns, lush leaves, along with water dripping, water flowing downwards, ever downwards…


as we tramped, and tramped for what seemed ever upwards 550m or so.   DSC05135DSC05133





Until we burst out at the very top to take in the vast view. Over the hills and far away, we could espy Lower Hutt.DSC05132Time for a selfie to prove I’m here mum!


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.

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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.

Scout Zone Winter Camp Winnings

“Hello Everyone,
I have just come from Scouts where our Scout patrol that was competing in the Lower Hutt Zone Winter Camp last weekend, has just been awarded First Equal with a patrol from Stokes Valley!!  They received their award from the Zone Scout Leader.
This is awesome news for our scout troop and group.  Last year they came second to last and to move to first this year s is a massive improvement and shows the dedication and hard work of our scouts and scout leaders.
I wish to say a massive BRAVO to the patrol who won:
                        Renee Heathcote
                        Dane Pearce
                        Todd Wellwood
                        Jackson Taylor
                        Michael Edmeades
                        Daniel Sziranyi
and Leaders Tui and Donna.  You have done St Augustines proud.
So between our cubs winning the Zone modelling competition early in the year and now our successful scout Patrol what can we do next!!
Yours in Scouting”
Stephen Keatley
Group Leader
St Augustines Scout Group – Petone

Scouts go fishing – Petone Wharf


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 ……..DSC04017


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.

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The three fishermen salute.

Days Bay splash

DSC03762St. Augustines Scouts and their Wainu Scout friends, followed the sun to Days Bay for an evenings fun.

DSC03761Where mermaids are found, buried in the sand.

DSC03768 and boys go…

plop, plop, plop…





All aboard for the first time in a hand built canoe.DSC03784

Steady as she goes.


Getting adventurous now….


now we popped out from under the pier.


Out into open water, “lets head for the pontoon”.


One, two, threeDSC03807gone.


Here come more friends.


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Come back! Look what we found under the pier.DSC03822

Yes a star fish, hiding from…

The very last splash.