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Coulter Troop at Cotter Shield

Kama’s Coulter Troop sent almost 30 scouts (4 patrols!) to Cotter Shield recently.  Cotter Shield is a long-standing ACT competition for the Scout Section in which patrols have to work together to complete a course of activities and initiative challenges.  Points are awarded around the course and for the quality of the camps and campcraft on display.  Bear writes,

The scouts put in a FANTASTIC effort and managed to score 3 red and 1 green prize! Congratulations to Albatross and Ellen, Andrew B, Bridget, Hayden, Jarrah, Roman, Henry and Audrey for making it all the way to the top 10% of patrols.  There were 70 patrols in total at the 2018 Cotter Shield!

2018 committee in place

Kama held its Annual Meeting on Monday 19 March at which the  achievements of the group and various individuals were acknowledged, and the 2018 Group Support Committee was formed.

Group Leader Jackie Stenhouse thanked outgoing Committee Chair, Louise Ray for her services to the group.  Louise was Committee Chair in 2017 and Secretary for two years prior to that.  The 2018 Parent Support Committee is:

Chair:  Alan Foulkes (Joey Dad)
Treasurer:  Natasha Adnams (Cub Mum)
Secretary:  Marin Dickens (Cub Mum)
Hall Hire Convenor:  Holly Bidwell (Cub Mum)
Website/Comms Officer:  Kevin Yeo (Joey Dad)
Fundraising Support:  Tim Miller (Cub & Joey Dad), Rajvi Shah (Cub Mum)
Equipment Manager:  Ken Wedgwood (Cub Leader & Venturer Dad)



Group Camp 2018

Our Group Camp was a tremendous success.  Nelligan turned on perfect weather for us, which was perfect considering we spent a lot of time on the water – in kayaks, canoes, standup paddleboards, at the beach and in the pool.

We performed investitures for Joeys, Cubs, Scouts and a Leader.  We feasted on home-made Indian curries.  We had a very enjoyable skit night featuring lots of very talented people of all ages

This was our biggest camp in recent memory.  On the peak night we had 140 people on site!

Many people contributed time to make this camp happen.  Sincere thanks to the advance site team Hubbo, Rob, Sarah, Luke and Leeanne; to Natasha (Treasurer) for keeping on top of invoicing and payments; the Gumbrells for organsing Skit Night; Hardip Patel for courageously accepting the challenge to cook an Indian Feast for the multitudes; Heidi Rossendell for putting in two full days on the water (I have ordered lots of Canoeing badges as a result) and for the hidden time that went into collecting, towing and returning the boats; Donna and Bear for organising a very memorable coastal hike; and all the many, many others who organised things, led actdivities, helped cook, clean and pack.

It was a wonderful camp.

Inclusion Award

Kama Scout Group, and leader Amanda Sheaves, were nominated in two categories by parent Lorraine Myatt for recognition in the 2017 ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards.   The Inclusion Awards recognise the contributions made to improve the lives of people with a disability.  Amanda was a finalist, and ultimately the runner up, in the volunteer category. Well done Amanda!  And thank you for reflecting credit on scouting.

It was an honour to be in the company of so many fine people working across an array of roles in the disability sector including the volunteer sector, the public sector and the private sector .  Frankly, Kama does for Lucy and others no more and no less than we try to do for everyone – youth and adult – we try to make Kama a welcoming, engaging and rewarding place to be.

The Awards night was very exciting.  It was a glamourous evening in the Great Hall at the National Museum.   We got to frock up; there was great food and wine; terrific entertainment; and an inspirational guest speaker.  It was a heart-warming reminder of why it is so important to step outside of ourselves and participate in our community in some way or other.   The smallest contribution, even a contribution that feels like nothing special or out of the ordinary (it’s just what we do), does matter, and does make a difference to somebody, even if we don’t consciously set out to make it so.



Twilight Feast, Twilight Fun

Kama’s Twilight Feast was planned as a happy, family celebration of all that is fun about scouting at Kama.  Tick!  Job done!  We had a ball.  We estimate about 150 people came along to enjoy games and to help acknowledge the achievements of some impressive people (“Brolga” 30 years service, “Rikki/Akela” 15 years service, “Bunyip” Special Service Award, and Rhys’ Queen’s Scout Award).  We finished with a terrific meal, and the gift of a camp blanket for each youth member and leader present.   I’d like to send a big thank you to Golden Roast who stepped in at the last minute to help us with the catering, and did a fantastic job — as it happens the Golden Roast team leader at our event is also a scout leader, at a neighbouring Belconnen Group!

Thanks go to our dynamic committee chair Louise, and committee treasurer Natasha who were strong drivers of the event, and to the ever-reliable, and always enthusiastic Kama leaders who delivered – once again – a fantastic range of activities with trademark goodwill and humour.

Jackie (Kestrel).


Fundraising for Kama

A small band of volunteers was kept on their toes running a BBQ at the ACT Emergency Services BBQ at Fairbairn on 29 October.  We sold 1,000 sausages in 3 hours flat, which is a record, for this writer at least!

Thanks to Kangi, Seal, Owl, Kestrel, Brumby, two Kama youth members, a Dad, and a cousin from Queanbeyan!  What a team.


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