Archive | September, 2009

Scouts – Bomb/Rescue Squad Sep 09

We attended the Police Centre in Zetland where we were shown a presentation on the roles of the Rescue Squad.  Did you know the Rescue Squad is also responsible for attending bomb incidents and as such we were shown how the bomb disposal robot works and can even walk up stairs!! Number 5 is alive!

We then were shown all the equipment on the rescue truck with a little too much interest being given to the body bags by the Scouts.

Salty

Scout – Market Stall Fundraiser

On Sunday the 27th of September 2009, Jessica J led 10 other scouts to help the global and local communities by running a second hand clothing stall at the monthly Caringbah Markets for her Scout Medallion Project. All money raised went go towards bringing a scout from Vanuata and funding our own scouts to go to the Australian Jamborree in January 2010. All the leftover clothes were donated to Vinnies who happily accepted the clothes to on sell.

This was no mean feat as gale force 40knot plus winds cranked through that day. BRAVO Jess and all the scouts who helped such worthy causes.

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

Scouts – Small Bore Shooting

Our over 12 years old scouts joined 1st Oyster Bay Scouts to enjoy some shooting at the Sutherland Small Bore Rifle Club and we had a great time.

We were taught the key parts of range safety, how to shoot, sight and correct our grouping placement.  We shot from 2 different body positions, “prone” which is when you lie on your front and bench which is when you sit on a seat at a small table (much easier but higher score expectation).

Most of us got to fire off 25 rounds of ammunition while a lucky few got to shoot 50 rounds.

And the top positions were as follows:

Scout Prone Shoot                    Scout Bench Shoot

1st Alex        153pts                         1st Hamish          192.3pts

2nd Cam B    151pts                          2nd Jonathan    192.1pts

3rd Jordan     150pts                          3rd Aaron           189.7pts

4th Jessica    147pts                     4th Jarrad           185.1pts

5th Kara        143pts                          5th Owen            147pts

Adult Prone Shoot                     Adult Bench Shoot

1st Stuart      177pts                          1st Emma        197.5pts

2nd Rod        176pts                          2nd Emannuel  193.9pts

3rd Baggy      173pts                          3rd Ranga        191pts

THANKS goes to the Sutherland Small Bore Club for loaning us their rifles and more importantly for giving us half a day of their time to share their great sport.

Scouts Challenge Camp – Sep 09

Well, what an excellent time we had.  We dodged the wombats as we headed out to the Old Ford Campsite in the Blue Mountains on the Friday night.  Then we hiked along the 6 foot track following the Cox’s River,  (seeing an Echidna, a red bellied black snake, 3 brown snakes) until we reached the famous Bowtell’s Bridge where we had a fantastic cool dip before crossing this precarious wire/cable bridge.

We headed passed a HUGE goanna on the way to the beautifully remote Cox’s River Campsite where we pitched our tents before cooking up a storm ready for the night exercises of “capture the flag” and “spot lighting” – great fun.

On the Sunday we hiked further up the 6 foot track whilst Baggy progressively picked us all up and dropped us off with some “ninja 4 wheel driving”.  We cracked through some campcraft badgework before all heading to the Jenolan Caves to enjoy lunch, watch 3 water monitors defend their territory and then enjoy some caving in the “Plug Hole Adventure”.  This was excellent fun and involved us abseiling down into the cave before we then worked our way 110 meters down into the depths of the caves.  Some of those holes were very tight for some of our leaders!

BRAVO to Sonik for organising this camp for his Scout Medallion Leadership project.  We look forward to the next camp.

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:

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