Archive | August, 2009

Joey Fun Day – Aug 09

About 100 Joeys from S. Met had an exciting and challenging day today at Heathcote- riding the vomitrons, making rockets and crawling through a dark maze–plus dozens of other challenges!

Scouts Region Rogaining – Aug 09

11 of our scouts competed against 70 Venturers, Scouts and Cubs from the South Metropolitan Region in the Mill Creek Valley at Menai.

Rogaining is basically orienteering as a team, map reading and walking/running around a course collecting points at different checkpoints.

It was a very very tough course with a lot of bush bashing and some teams struggling to find any of the checkpoints!  All our scouts did their best and that’s exactly what we wanted.  2 of our scouts did extremely well; Robert and Jake J managed to gain 2nd place overall which is quite some achievement as 12 year olds – BRAVO lads.

Jake M’s team came in a very respectable 8th and Vivien, Darcie, Bridget was our first team without any adult observer in 11th followed closely by Cam B, Alex, Jordan and Chris, again with no adult observer.

The full results can be viewed here

Plus a HUGE BRAVO goes out to Barra for organising this great event, plus Judy and Beela for helping with the organising.  Last thanks goes to Snowy for putting the course out – that would have been a BIG task.

Photos to come soon.

Scouts 40 Hour Famine – Aug 09

To help the global community and as his Scout Medallion project, Duncan Clark organised and led 15 members of 1st Caringbah Scouts in raising funds and completing a 40 hr famine in aid of starving kids around the world (through World Vision).

Below are some photos of the Scouts during the famine and the celebrationary breakfast to mark the end of it.  Wouldn’t it be great if people around the world could choose to end their famines as easily as we did.

The Scouts and a Leader were only allowed to drink water and juice for 40hrs plus suck on a barley sugar sweet occasionally to keep the energy levels up.  Duncan also organised a sleepover at our hall to keep those on the famine focussed, have some FUN and also help prepare for the fair.

BRAVO Duncan and the Scouts who all helped raise $1000 for World Vision.

So you know……

The Australian Scout Medallion is the highest award in the Scout Section. It is considered the pinnacle of Scouting at this stage. To earn the Australian Scout Medallion a Scout must:

  • Participate in a Scout Leadership Course at any time after completion of the Pioneer Badge;
  • Demonstrate an active leadership role in Scouting;
  • Achieve the Adventurer Cord.

Scout Group Fair – Aug 09

What an excellent fair it was.  A HUGE BRAVO goes to Cathy Beauchamp and the whole parents committee for organising such a great day.  We managed to raise a wopping $5000 towards our group and Jamboree fundraising – happy days.

Check out the photos below:

1st Caringbah Scout Group would like to thank the following companies for their generous support:

Peter Baker ———– Optical

Smart Bags —— for donating 200 shopping bags.

Rockdale Office Furniture ———Table hire

Babies Galore ——— $1oo, $50 voucher

Best Fresh Caringbah ——- all the salad for the wraps

Kennards Hire Taren Point — Toilet hire

St George Printing —- printing of letter box flyers.

Jesters Fancy Dress —- Clown costume

Jesters Party Hire —–100 Balloons

Home & gift Warehouse — Ladies and Gents Watch set

Eckersley’s Art & craft —- Face paint & screen Printing Paint

Bali karma Taren Point —- Mosaic Bali Bowl

Caringbah Station Pharmacy —–3x bath & beauty gift packs

Health information Pharmacy —– Bath & beauty pack

Mercato Design ——— Candle

Port Hacking Newsagent —–5 x $20 vouchers.

Masterfoods ————– Tomato sauce,bbq sauce & mustard.

The luggage house ——-2 cabin bags , 3 back packs

Caringbah South Pharmacy—— sleeping bag.

Batu Bali Shop ——Statue

K B Toys ——- Toys

Frock Clothing & Accessories ——– Handbag

Clark Rubber ————-4 Cricket bat sets

Bova Pharmacy.


Beauchamp metal $250 for drinks.

1st Caringbah Rogaining Challenge

Sunday 23 August 2009

The 2009 event will be held in the bushland just west of Menai in the Mill Creek Valley. The start/finish point will be the 1st Menai/Alfords Point Scout Hall in Treloar Place Menai This 3 hour event is suitable for all skill levels from beginners to experts. It is geared primarily for scouts but venturers and cubs are encouraged to join in also.

It is a ready made half day program for your troop. All you have to do is read the instructions below and join in the fun.

I am hoping for about 100 competitors from all over the city. The more people involved the better the program works.

The map of the actual course will only be available on the morning of the event. No-one except the organisers will know the details of the course until the maps are issued on the day.

Even if you have never tried anything like this before, it’s ok. Lots of handy hints and advice will be available at the start…. Enjoy!!

Don’t forget your team’s first aid kit (shock blanket and elastic bandage) for your 10 bonus points

For more information check out

Added 19th Aug 2009

Please also note rule changes and clarifications.

  • All teams have min of 3 and max of 5 members
  • A minimum 2:1 scout to adult ratio will apply
  • Minimum team was 1 adult 1 scout.  Now 1 adult 2 scouts
  • At the discretion of the scout leader a scout team can go WITHOUT a adult (leader or parent).  In this case the minimum team will be 3 and maximum 5 scouts.  I suggest this will only apply to oldest and most experience scouts.  The normal team will be 1 adult and 2 to 4 scouts
  • All-adult teams are also permitted but they will be deemed non-competitive ie they will be scored but no award should they win

1st Caringbah Scout Fair – 16 Aug

Come and join in the FUN and bring ALL your friends

11am to 3pm

This Fair isn’t just big its HUGE

Check out the video of last years Fair for a taste of whats to come.

Rear of 6 Castlenau St, Caringbah

Amusement Rides  Carnival games

Animal farm Large obstacle jumping castle

Pony rides Dodgem cars

Market stalls Chair-o-plane

Show bags Sizzler

Yummy Food Tea cups

Fairy floss Giant slide

Snow cones Boats

Purchase tickets from your leader.




Wristbands purchased on the day will be $25.00 each.

Contact Cathy 0425260538 for more information

Scouts – NSW Scout Rally 2009

What an incredible experience this weekend was.  1st Caringbah Scouts made history in many ways this weekend. 27 Scouts and 7 of our leaders headed to Camp Cataract to enjoy the biggest competition camp of the year – State Rally.  And in the words of the organiser “We had a few years where 1st Austinmer dominated the Rally and now it’s 1st Caringbah’s turn”!

Photos are available below (remember to enlarge the photo (click on 4 arrows) and then “show info”):

More photos are available on the State Rally website here.

We are happy to report that all our scouts had fun, learned a lot and most importantly did their best.  Their best delivered exceptional results.  Speedy Turtles (Jess J (PL), Bridget (APL), Kathryn, Aaron and Thomas) managed to beat 188 other patrols and defend their title by winning the whole competition for a second successive year and with the highest score on record for the history of the competition (it’s run for over 20 years). Even more amazing, 1st Caringbah also came second with Exorbitantly Emulous (Nathan (PL), Vivien (APL), Darcie, Robert and Jake J) only 24 points behind.  And to top it all, Nathan went on to win best PL in NSW for 2009 beating over 950 scouts, again with the highest score on record!  Worthy of mention is the fact that Jess came second (only 6pts behind) and had it been in any other year, she would have won Best PL of NSW too – we set the standards high at 1st Caringbah!  This is the first time a South Metropolitan Scout has won this trophy, (let alone 1st Caringbah) since records began in 1993 – BRAVO Nath.   History has been made.

Overall results and more detailed results are now available here

A summary is (out of 188 patrols):

1st – Speedy Turtles (Falcons)                          – Jess J (PL), Bridget (APL), Kathryn, Aaron and Thomas

2nd – Exorbitantly Emulous (Penguins)             –  Nathan (PL), Vivien (APL), Darcie, Robert and Jake J

20th – Sonik’s Hedgehogs (Lizards/Scorpians) – Sonik (PL), Kara (APL), Kiel, Ryan, Trish and Holly

34th – Team Tomatoes (Red Backs)                   – Duncan (PL), Jake M(APL), Alex, Emily, Eleanor

77th – Quiet Achieving Quokka’s                      – Cam B (PL), Jordan (APL), Mitch and Tim

All 1st Caringbah patrols were in the top 40%.  These successes were achieved by working as a team – well done ALL scouts, especially the PL’s (Sonik, Duncan, Cam B, Jess, Alex and Nathan) who did so much preparation, we are very proud of your effort and achievements.  Finally, I would like to thank all the scout leaders and parent helpers who helped train our troop for this event and gave up their weekend to man the excellent activities and photograph the event.

SCOUTS, enjoy and celebrate this success, you/we have earned it but remember to be humble (no goading other troops), we still have a lot of learning to do and FUN to have.  Let’s work to do even better in 2010!

Jason “Baggy” Juretic