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:
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”
St Augustines Scout Group – Petone
On Sunday morning the whole St. Augustine group took 15min off for quite, contemplation, reflections,
Held in the special open air service area surrounded by trees, nestled by nature
And then the fun nature of the Keas, Cubs, Scout, bursts out again
but where was Glen? We all missed him.
Here doing duty, seeing off some early departures.
St. Augustines Group Camp – Brookfield Campsite – Themed the Highland Games.
Let the games begin.
Gently does it.
Carful as you go.
Ready aim fire…
Ready Welli Go. Up, up, and away. Heave hoe, don’t forget to let go.
Jamboree Over The Internet (JOTI) / Jamboree Over The Air (JOTA)
What goes where?
There was much excitement from the Leaders as the big Marquee went up, as none of them had seen it up before, or were even sure that it was complete or serviceable. As it turned out the Marquee is in great condition making it a big asset that was much enjoyed by everyone at camp.
29 St. Augustine’s Cubs and Scouts came to JOTI JOTA at Brookfields.
Above is the “Bier’s” camp gate, and the overnighter’s just before it gets dark and the nights sing along at the campfire.
Atom made a hammock shelter for the night and ended up dryer than most of his friends in tents.
Birthdays over the weekend were celebrated with song and cake 🙂
Jamboree Over The Internet (JOTI) went on all night for those whom were night owls.Typing messages to fellow Scouts all over the world.
Tramping in at night to Turere Lodge kept the excitement at maximum for the St.Augustine and Stokes Valley Scouts.
Scouts showed their natural spirit of adventure traversing and exploring along next to the river.
The next day, rain turned the river into an uncrossable raging torrent.
Friday night it was a great test of the Scouts to put up their own tents for themselves. But they did it.
All ready for inspection?
Sunday morning, frost on the tents, frost on the ground, but not on the Scouts, they are busy cooking breakfast.
Another great weekend with 20 scouts completing their Cossgrove Course and 16 leaders doing the Practical Skills course.
Can you spot the St. Augustine leaders (Mark, Nicolle, and Fill) and our Scout (Michael) . The number of leaders attending, outnumbering our Scouts was actually fantastic as it points to excellent well trained leaders for the future, and to the fact that all the other Scouts have alrady attended the course prior to the Jamboree.
The weather was unusually warm for Brookfield which made it challenging in the assessment phase to pretend they were dealing with high winds, rain and hypothermia. Leaders ran the bases and the Valley Rovers did the cooking.
Out Chris ran the knots base showing the Scouts and Leaders knots, bends, and hitches, such as the reef knots, half hitches, bowline, sheep shank, and clove hitch.
He was very grateful for Ray’s knotting board as a teaching aid.
There were many other bases too, such as Axe Safety, First Aid, Lashings, Maps and Compasses, fire lighting, and others.
Safety is always important in Scouting, especially when using an axe to split firewood.
With all Scouts camps there is nothing as important as sitting around the fire!
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.
A huge amount of training was undertaken this weekend by members of the St. Augustines Group, with 5 leaders and 3 Scouts attending the Crossgrove course in Brookfields, Wainuiomata.
Core Scouting skills were covered, such as knots and lashings, First Aid, hygiene, compass skills, axe and knife skills, fire lighting, cookers and stoves, camp cooking.
The leader’s course started Friday night, with lectures until 11:00 on the Scouting teaching methods.
Jet and Atom tagged along, spotted here before pitching their tent. Continue reading