Archive | October, 2010

1st Caringbah Scouts: A Look Back

Check out the attached video made up by one of our Venturers Nathan Leivesley. It shows a lot of our Venturers and scouts enjoying our actvities through the years. Be sure to watch in full screen.

Boree Regatta – Oct 2010

A HUGE 104 members of 1st Caringbah Scout Group descended onto Bonna Point to join another 600 Joeys, Gumnuts, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts, Guides, Venturers and Ranger Guides from around Sydney to enjoy the Annual Boree Regatta.  And it was a HUGE amount of FUN.

We arrived in dry but windy conditions only to be hit by a gale force wind (gusting to 43 knots) that blasted through the reserve at about 4am in the morning, flattening one of the venturer tents!  The cool strong wind continued through the whole of Saturday which gave us the excellent opportunity of proving we can “improvise, adapt and overcome” to make the program work.  The Scouts had to do a “Henley on Todd” style raft race running with their raft and the Venturers/Ranger Guides organised a volleyball tournament which was enjoyed by all.  The Joeys/Gumnuts/Cubs and Brownies all developed their scouting skills with a myriad of different FUN activities.  The Venturers and Ranger guides also enjoyed judging a spectacular high speed windsurfing demonstration by the instructors whilst watching from the end of the rock groyne with music pounding out and within meters of the windsurfing as they flew and forward looped past them “inspiring” was the description by Hugo.  Hugo) from 1st Sailors Bay also led the guitars at the Venturer/Ranger Guide beach party and campfire at night – MUCH FUN.

On the Sunday, we were blessed with beautiful hot sunny conditions and it was the turn of the Scouts to enjoy a stack of skills based activities like speed fire lighting, constructing ballista’s, constructing tall flag poles, cooking pancakes, life line races and much more, whilst the Cubs/Brownies headed out onto the water to for canoe and raft races.  The Venturers and Ranger Guides took on the new challenge of Windsurfing and Stand Up Paddle boarding with state of the art equipment in the shallows of Botany Bay.  All the coloured sails and activity on the water was a sight to see.

As always, all the leaders were very happy to see so many of our members do their best, have fun and participate.  And again, our youth members skills were demonstrated again with the following trophies being won by our members:

  • Bundeena Trophy – Cubs Boree Participation Award
  • Billie Green Trophy – Cubs  Speed Knotting – Amy Hingerty 44 Seconds
  • Boree Shield – Scouts Land Activities  Aggregate Points
  • Keith Hollie Trophy – Scouts Speed Knotting – Jake Juretic – 30 Seconds
  • Endeavour Trophy – Venturers Speed Knotting – Nathan Leivesley – 46 Seconds

Well done one and all.

Thanks goes to all the leaders who put so much time into the planning of this Boree Regatta, especially Kooka who spent so much time in organising people and equipment, Possum, Dingo and Baggy for helping out at District level , Bridget, Cath, Emma and Rafiki for organising the mountains of food and cooking.  Plus thanks to all the other leaders and parents who helped with packing, unpacking, cooking, transporting, fixing and so much more – it is appreciated.

More photos to come

Venturer Nathan’s Expedition – Oct 10

4 of our intrepid Venturers (Nathan, Chris M, Dunc and Mitch) plus Leong (an army cadet) headed out to the Blue Mountains to embark on their Venturer Award expedition from Kanangra to Katoomba. This hike is a significant over 40 kms, uphill, over 3 days and at times the path pretty much disappears. After months of preparation by the exped leader Nathan and sign off at Unit, District and Regional level they were set to go.
Unfortunately the “fair weather” forecasts that Nathan had checked did not match that of reality and the Blue Mountains delivered a serious amount of torrential rain. So much so in fact that all the 4 groups hiking the same track that same weekend had to pull out as paths turned into creeks and mini waterfalls. Check out the pics before it all got too bad. Plus when they retreated to the safety of the start point, they found, police, ambulance and SES crews busying themselves as another group had pulled their epirb!
It was a great humbling lesson for all involved and the news is that they want to go out and finish what they started by doing it again under Chris’s leadership early next year. Go for it guys