How do we beat those pies!

Rajvi and Tim have revitalised Kama’s fundraising efforts this year.  The pie drive raised approximately $1,000.  It seemed pretty popular and now we know how great the product is, and what to expect as far as organisation goes, this is a fundraiser that we could do even better next time.

Next up is a Mini Fete and Jumble Sale.  

Mark the family calendar with the date now:  Saturday 15 September (2pm to 4.30pm).  This is an opportunity both to buy and sell. If you enjoyed our home-cooked Indian Feast at Group Camp, come to the Mini Fete to pick up some curry for late lunch or early dinner, or to take home for later.  Browse the trash and treasure, and the cake stall.  If you want to have a clean-out at home, consider buying a $20 table/site and selling off your excess stuff.  You keep the profit from your sales.  Either way, please  help by donating cakes and preserves, a little of your time to help run this event, and spend a few dollars to support Kama.

Easy day out at a classic car show – helping charity, helping Kama.  

The next week, Sunday 23 September, Kama will be collecting donations at the gate and selling raffle tickets at the Queanbeyan Showground at a hugely popular car show.  The bulk of the proceeds will go to charity, but Kama gets a contribution for its role.  We’ll let you know more in due course.

BBQs – Bunnings and Emergency Services Open Day

We hope to be invited to run a BBQ at the popular Emergency Services Open Day again.  We’ll need volunteers if we get it.  We will get a Bunnings BBQ in the second half of the year and should find out the date soon.  Again – we will need your help.  Stay tuned.  You’ll know when we know.  BBQs are highly effective fundraisers.  It is not uncommon to make a profit of $1,500 from a BBQ.  With sufficient people giving a mere 2 hour shift of volunteer time, the effort required is relatively minor in comparison to the good returns.

Enquiries and offers to:


Hiking in the Budawangs

Over the June long weekend three leaders and four scouts completed a challenging 30km hike in the Budawang Ranges. It was a bit wet and cold, but everyone made it through with health and spirits in tact.  This is a truly awe-inspiring patch of country and the hikers were right in amongst it, sleeping in rock shelters at night, and scaling some very big hills including the well-known Corang Arch (see photo)!


So many Joeys, so few places

So many Joeys and so few places.  More correctly, so many enquiries from families wanting their child to be in Joeys, and no places to offer.

What can be done about it?

There are 3 options, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

  1. Find another scout group with vacancies
  2. Keep waiting
  3. Open a second Joey Mob at Kama.

In addition to Kama there are five scout groups in Belconnen and although demand for places is high everywhere, you may find a vacancy.  If you are keen, it is worth asking.  There are scout groups in Page, Belconnen Town Centre, Kaleen, Evatt and Charnwood.  Contact details for each can be found on the Scouts ACT website.

Our waiting list for Joeys is long.  It is quite likely that many children currently waitlisted will be too old for Joeys when a vacancy finally arises.  In that case they need to join Cubs.  At present, the Kama Cub Pack is full.  There is no waiting list, so it is possible that a place will be available for your child when the time comes.  Bear in mind, however, that we also have to ingest the current Joeys into the Cub Pack as they reach the age of 8 (and existing members are prioritised).

Next is the part where most people tune out.  In that case, I refer you back to options (1) and (2).

The third option is to open a second Joey Mob and offer the wonderful world of scouting to another 15 or so happy youngsters (this is the entire waiting list in one go).  To do this we need a minimum of two new Joey Leaders and it would be highly desirable to have two Adult Helpers as well.  The obvious effect down the track is that our Cub Pack will need to be duplicated too.  More leaders will be needed for that….  In short, scouting is very dependent on family commitment to make it happen.  Always has been.

Why would anyone volunteer to be a Joey (or Cub) Leader?

  1. Pay it forward.  It is highly likely that someone did this for you when you were a kid. You were probably a Brownie or a Guide or a Cub or a Scout or you played in a sports team (that had a coach and a manager) or you were part of an amateur drama group (that had a director) or a choir (that had a conductor and an accompanist), or something.  Adults made that happen for you back then.  You are the adult now…See where we are going with this…?
  2. Your kids will love it.  Most kids want nothing more than they want to spend time doing stuff with their parents.  They love having their Mum or Dad as a scout leader, and the overwhelming feedback from parents who become leaders is that they love hanging out with their kids in this way too.
  3. It’s real.  It’s face-to-face.  It’s not on a screen.  All of us need to put the devices down and interact with each other more.  Scouting does that for adults and for kids.
  4. It’s fun.  Really.  It’s fun.  I could go on and on, but you know what fun is, right?
  5. Free, cheap and easy.  Training and uniform for leaders is free.  Kama fees for your kids are significantly cheaper for as long as you are a leader.  It’s easy to become a fully trained leader. I’m not saying it’s instant, but it’s definitely not rocket science:  you can do this.  The new team would shadow our existing Leaders for the remainder of this year, learning the tricks of the trade from our experienced and friendly team, and launch a new Joey Mob in 2019.

If you are even half-way open to becoming a uniformed leader in scouting but uncertain of your outdoorsy aptitude, Joeys and Cubs are the easier sections to be in.  Joeys is only one-hour per week, and Cubs 1.5 hours.  They are the no running with scissors version of scouts – simplified and suitable for the capabilities of children aged 5-10.  Plus, you receive training that equips you for the role, regardless of your skills and prior experience.

To find out more on a confidential, no-strings basis, contact the Kama Group Leader, Jackie Stenhouse.  Email:, or phone 0411 151 375.

9 Joey Boat
Penguin and the Joeys at Kama Group Camp, March 2018. They made a boat from corflute and it floated, with passengers!



ANZAC Day – by Jasper

On Tuesday the 24th of April 2018, the cubs had an amazing sleepover at the scout hall. Firstly, we set up our beds getting ready for an early morning the next day.

Two veterans came and talked about what their jobs were and what they carry to survive. Our leader, Kaa, is a Combat Engineer in the Army. He said that he is like a snail because he carries his house on his back.

The other guy’s name was Matt and he was a Ammunition Technical Officer in the Army. He taught us how to make a fingerprint and how to lift one accurately. He also gave us glow sticks.

There was also a lady named Belinda who worked in the Navy. She had a lot of jobs and spoke about submarines and how they operated.

Then we had spaghetti bolognese for dinner. It was delicious! We watched Sing and went to bed. Then at 0400 we woke up and left to go to the dawn service. It was nice.  There were thousands of people there! It was tiring because of the long walk but it was very interesting hearing the stories and the music.

We had pancakes for breakfast when we got back to the scout hall. We packed up and watched Minions. Thanks to the leaders for organising this fantastic event!


(The featured photo is from ANZAC Day 2017, showing Kama scouts Andrew and Kellan acting as placard bearers.)


Winter Camp

The Scout Troop had a cold, wet, windy and sunny weekend at Wood’s Reserve recently for a ‘Winter Camp’. The pictures are from Saturday (a nice sunny day). They built a floating flag pole and a monkey bridge across Paddy’s River approximately 15 metres long!  Impressive!

All scouts helped construct the flag pole and bridge and everybody, including the leaders, crossed the monkey bridge –  even a passing bushwalker had a go (successfully).  It’s both challenging and fun to camp in winter and we are pleased to say that everyone packed well, and no-one reported to leaders that they had been too cold to sleep overnight.

A few scouts finished their Pioneer (Red) level badge work and 9 scouts added another two nights under canvas:  every night counts for those who are chasing the requisite 10 nights for Jamboree!