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More from the Kama Kommunicator

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Joeys had a great term, ending with a trip to the Zoo and a sleepover at the hall.

Cubs enjoyed a science theme all term.  They had a great day out at SciScouts and visited Mt Stromlo Observatory (gosh that was an icy cold night!!).  They finished with a caving camp at Wee Jasper.


Venturers played with fire, and some of them went to Vanuatu.

And the Jumble Sale!  What a hoot that was!  Thanks again to everyone for their support.

Kama Scouts win CURE (for 3rd time!)

The CURE is a relatively new annual event in the ACT scouting calendar.  It is an event for the Scout Section.  CURE stands for Canberra Urban Rogaining Event.  Rogaining is like orienteering.  Runners find their way across open country with a map and compass.  In this case (CURE) it is held as an urban event.  Participants or teams who find the most checkpoints within the set time limit win.

Kama’s senior scout, Ellen, has led Kama’s team in the CURE for the last three years, and led it to victory each time!  Well done Ellen!

This year the team consisted of Ellen, Cassie, Patrick, Jan and Jarrah (unfortunately Jarrah had to withdraw part-way through the course), who covered an astonishing 33km on the day and reach all 50 checkpoints.



Kama Scout Group

Kama Scout Group is a vibrant group active in many fields of scouting.  We offer scout programs for Joeys, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers.  Our leaders are keen, friendly, talented people whose interests and abilities cover a wide scope of useful skills including hiking, camping, skiing, caving, archery, canoeing/kayaking, land-care, construction and more.  We participate in exciting branch and national events such as Cuborees, Jamborees and Venturers, and international scouting opportunities are regularly available.  In addition we generate a great range of programs in-house for Kama youth.

Snow Camp

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18 scouts, 6 leaders and some parent helpers left Kama hall Friday and camped overnight at Sawpit Creek.
We arrived the camp ground Friday night after a stop in Cooma to pick up skis (Bear’s ski box can hold 18 pairs of cross country skis and 22 pairs of cross country poles!) with most of the tents already pitched (thanks Wren, Bunyip, Fox, Seal, Patrick, Alex and Thomas).  After a quick bite to eat (the traditional toasted sandwiches) it was time to  get into our sleeping bags.
During the night we had strong winds but the wind was “high” so only affected the tree tops, not our tents. The positive side effect was also dry tents on Saturday morning. After a large cooked breakfast and cereal it was time to drive to Perisher.
After parking close to the main car park we offloaded the skis and walked up the hill to the cross country tracks. The strong winds overnight had polished the snow (as in: very icy) but some of the tracks were groomed and we set off in the middle of a cross country ski race (note to Bear: Next year try to avoid the Perisher XC Ski Week…).
All scouts did at least the 2.5 km loop, and I think everybody learnt that polished snow (as in ice) is fairly hard when you fall and slippery when going uphill. A bit earlier than expected we got hit by a snow storm/blizzard – the bad news was the reduced visibility and the colder temperature, the good news was that we got fresh snow that made it easier to ski.
After the 2.5 km loop, we all went to the National Park shelter for lunch and some scouts even found time for some snow ball throwing fun! The weather was getting worse and the storm would increase in strength so we left a bit earlier than planned and drove back to Canberra with a stop in Cooma to hand back the skis.
We arrived back at the hall at approx 5:30pm on Saturday and we all agreed that the trip in summary was great fun. (Bear’s mental note to self: Having five girls in the car means that you will be exposed to a lot of music you do not normally listen to…. Banana Phone still goes on replay in my head…)
I have attached some pictures from our trip – and the last couple show that we left in time – just a few hours later it was necessary to have chains from Sawpit Creek towards Perisher…

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.

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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!

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!

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