Tag Archives: Hikes

Scouts – Green Cord Hike Oct 09

Duncan led a patrol of 6 scouts over 30km through the Royal National Park over the long weekend in an incredibly wet weekend!  There was more rain on the Saturday night than had fallen over the whole of August and September this year and our scouts lived to tell the tale.  Robert, Shaun, Trish, Ryan and Kara all did incredibly well to keep going in some very trying conditions.  Plus they became “temporarily unsure of their position” for a while and managed to do some bush bashing to independently get themselves back on track.  BRAVO one and all.

Scouts – Green Cord Hike – Sep 09

Chris B led and navigated a patrol over 30km through the Royal National Park in the last weekend of Sep to complete his green cord journey.  The intrepid patrol were Jake M, Aaron, Kyle and Cameron B.  They managed to weather the dust storms, gale force winds and keep clear of a HUGE brown snake (it took Jake a few hours to recover from that one 🙂 ) to arrive safely at Heathcote and Camp Coutts each night.

BRAVO scouts and we look forward to seeing you all achieve your green and blue cords with some comprehensive well thought out logs.

Cubs Grey Wolf Hike – Jun 09

One of our Cub Scouts – Caitlin L relates her Grey Wolf experience below.

On Saturday morning around 7 o’clock Wallaby picked up Ronan and I as well as the rest of the team I picked for my Grey Wolf Walk.  We went in the car to Waterfall where we stopped and put our backpacks on to start the walk.  On the walk were Wallaby, Kaa, Maddie, William, Hayden, Ronan, and myself.  I took the lead with the map and we started down the hill.

The track was a little bit wet but not too bad.  We followed the path climbing down rocks and over fallen logs.  There were markers on the trees and in some places arrows painted on rocks.  We got down to the bottom and then walked across a little creek and got onto the trail to Kingfisher Pools.  The waterfall was running very fast.  We felt the temperature of the water and it was really cold.  We stopped at the table and had a snack before we set off again.  We then walked up a track to the Bubble Caves and on the way found some clay which we grabbed and made sculptures on the way.

We climbed up and around the bubble caves and got some photos and then went down to 1st Caringbah’s camp site at Camp Coutts.  It was region camp weekend and all the scouts were down there and on activities.

I had a lot of fun planning and doing the walk with all the people that came.  The best part is that I had fun with my friends and brought lots of clay to make things with.  The worst part was when William hurt himself at Kingfisher Pools but luckily not too severely hurt.


Scout Green Cord Hike – Jun 09

For 8 months Jess has been planning a 3 day, 30km hike from Govett’s Leap to Mt Victoria in the Blue Mountains and this weekend she and 4 other scouts completed it with flying colours. The intrepid scouts who joined Jess were:

Kathryn S
Lachy R
Alex Y
Duncan C

This hike is the highest level journey for a scout and requires the scout to plan it, contact necessary authorities, lead it independently (adults only check on them once or twice a day) set emergency exit routes and complete a journey log to be assessed in a weeks time. They carried all their own gear and had to boil their water/use purification tablets.

They managed to complete the final 700m climb out of the valley to arrive at Mt Victoria 1 minute after the agreed time of 11am. Excellent work Jess and the whole team. Good luck with the log completion.

More photos to come soon

ScoutHike 2009 Comp – May 09

27 of our scouts headed to Belanglo State Forest to compete in ScoutHike 2009 against over 1000 scouts in nearly 200 patrols from all over NSW and all teams did remarkably well and most importantly they had a lot of FUN and learned a lot. The results are below:

3rd – Speedy Turtles (PL – Jess, APL – Darcie, Lachlan, Kiel, Kathryn) – Gold Trophy
11th – Penguins (PL – Bridget, APL – Vivien, Jake J, Robert, Jordan) – Gold Trophy
21st – Lizards (PL – Sonik, Alex, Emilie, Eleanor) – Silver Trophy
26th – Quokkas (PL – Cam B, APL – Nathan, Jack, Shaun, Tim and Mitch) – Silver Trophy
UNK – Red Backs (PL – Chris, APL – Duncan, Thomas, Jake M) – Bronze Trophy

The key is all our Scouts had FUN and we saw excellent effort demonstrated by most of our scouts and great to see our skills were proven against the best in the state.

Scout Patrol Hike – January 2009

5 intrepid 1st Caringbah Scouts headed out into the Royal National Park led by Nathan L on a 3 day hike. The whole 32km hike was organised by Nathan for his adventurer chord. The scouts hiked and navigated independently without an adult to guide them. BRAVO lads.

Our intrepid Scouts embarking on Nathan’s Green chord hike

Taking the train to the Royal National Park

Surviving the 40oC temperatures – YES 40oC with a pack! We make ’em tough

BRAVO lads, hiking 32km independently; You did us proud.