Archive | March, 2010

5 Scout Medallions Presented – Mar 10


Five 1st Caringbah Scouts were presented their Australian Scout Medallion Certificates by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO at Government House in Sydney on 20th March 2010.

It was an excellent day with Nathan, Jess, Duncan, Chris and Sonik together with their families arriving early at Government House in the Sydney Botanical Gardens.  Marie Bashir presented the certificates in a very grand ceremony followed by a engaging speech before all recipients and families were then invited to explore the very grand Government House and then enjoy tea with Her Excellency on the Colonnade. 

Marie Bashir kindly stopped to chat with our Scouts before posing for photos with them and their families to boot!  She spoke about how attractive youth members are these days and the significance of their achievements.  NSW State Scout Commissioner Phil Crutchley also very kindly took time to speak to our Scouts and pose of a photo too.

After the ceremony we all strolled through the grounds of the Botanical Gardens to the Sydney Opera house before heading off.

Well done all Scouts, savour that sweet taste of achievement and we REALLY look forward to attending another ceremony in years to come to see you awarded your Queens Scout badges too.  Keep striving for excellence, you have proven you have the aptitude, capability and resilience to achieve whatever you put your mind to.


Jason “Baggy” Juretic

Group Family Surf Camp – Mar 10

WOW, what a great Family Surf Camp we enjoyed!
Over 140 1st Caringbah Scout Group and family members headed 45 minutes South to Coledale Beach Camping Reserve to enjoy an excellent weekend of surfing, beach cricket, hikes, swimming, snorkelling, rock pooling, campfires, investitures, relaxing and just havin’ FUN.
It was so nice to camp right next to the beach and wake up in the morning to the sound of crashing waves – happy days.
It was great to see our 4 sections, Joey’s, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers all represented and thanks to Croc for organising the weekend with the help of many other leader we really enjoyed it.

Clean Up Australia Day 2010

Over 50 1st Caringbah Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Leaders and parents headed to Burraneer Park Reserve to get “down and dirty” on Clean Up Australia Day – 7 March 2010.

Amongst other things we cleaned up were:

1 shopping trolley
3 bicycles
2 wheelbarrows
1 stilleto shoe
1 backpack complete with spray cans
1 couch.

Great job.

And Kooka managed to get or community work in the Leader newspaper at

Ian “Salty” Hall.

Cubs Science Night – Mar 10

Our Cubs conducted experiments – and had lots of fun – at a  recent “Science” night.  Cubs learned about the chemical reaction which occurs when vinegar is mixed with bicarb soda, forming carbon dioxide.  To add to this experience,  cubs made a dough mixture and sculpted it around bottles to make volcanoes.  For extra effect, washing detergent and food colouring were added to the vinegar and bicarb, with the result being very life like lava explosions!

Scouts Progressive Dinner – Mar 10


1st Caringbah Scout Troop enjoyed a “progressive dinner” tonight where we walked from our hall to different Scouts houses enjoying a different course at each house.  Many of the scouts wore cocktail dresses or smart dress for the night.  We started with a garlic bread entree at Taz and Trish’s house followed by a fettuccini pasta main course at Dunc and Rafiki’s house and then onto Leonie and Dingo’s house for a dessert of ice cream and cake. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

We then headed back to the hall to enjoy cheese and crackers.

It was a great night and thanks go to Kooka for organising the night and all the scouts and parents for preparing the food.

Scouts Ballantyne Flag – Feb 10

12 patrols and over 70 members of the Port Hacking District headed to Camp Coutts to compete in the highly contested Ballantyne Flag competition Camp and we had an excellent time.  This weekend is known for the sense of fun and socialising that is enjoyed by Scouts and Leaders alike.  We were lucky with the weather delivering a couple of warm to hot days and not a place to disappoint, Camp Coutts even laid on some rain to cool us down just as we were packing up!  Highlights of the weekend were undoubtedly the excellent activities and especially the one run by 2nd Caringbah involving spud guns, jelly beans and cream – the photos do the talking J  Other enjoyable experiences were the hike to and swim in the delightfully cool Kingfisher pools plus the Saturday night campfire was a blast with many patrols laying on skits and all of us singing until our voices hurt.


This competition has been running for over 50 years and patrols as well as Patrol Leaders work hard to win one of the 3 coveted trophies up for grabs.  A huge BRAVO goes to Lloyd from 1st Sutherland and Aaron from 1st Oyster Bay and their patrols on jointly winning the Teamwork Trophy, Jessica from 1st Caringbah on winning the Patrol Leader Shield and Duncan and his hardworking 1st Caringbah patrol of Jake, Perry and Ronan for winning the Ballantyne Flag for best camp craft.


Thanks to everyone for joining in with such enthusiasm and especially the leaders for giving up their valuable time this weekend.  And of course BRAVO Dingo for organising this camp.


See you all there next year.