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!
We had a very successful Joey Hike on Saturday. Seven Joeys came and enjoyed a walk through Aranda Bushlands, and to the ‘Secret Campsite’ in Aranda where we set up tents, had a meal, and finished the evening with a movie.
A big thank you to parent helper Nicola and leader Sahi for coming along and helping.
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.
A small band of Joeys accompanied by family and Penguin completed the 5km route of the recent Big Canberra Bike Ride. It was a fun ride at Lake Burley Griffin. Check out the unicycle ridden by Jamie from Venturers!
For their final night, the Cubs had a fun swim night at CISAC. First we invested Ollie, Vinaya and Kaa.
The Joeys had a lovely twilight walk to Gossan Hill in Bruce, one of their last activities for the year. Santa had managed to distribute some goodies before they arrived, which the intrepid Joeys tracked down with help from a GPS device and we performed investitures on the hilltop.
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.
The Scouts squeezed in a quick 10km hike from Friday afternoon through to Saturday lunch time.
They explored the northern border section of the Canberra Centenary Trail. It was an introduction to scout-stye hiking for the newest/youngest Scouts and a pleasant outing for those who’ve got a bit more experience under their belt. Great weather, amazing views.
Under the leadership of Steph who ran this adventure as her Expedition for her Queen’s Scout Badge, the Venturers had a ball on bikes, doing the a Victorian High Country Rail Trail from the old Shelley Station, Victoria’s highest railway station to Albury, a total distance of about 80km.
The team made camp at Tallangatta late on Friday night and the downhill adventure began on Saturday. The scenery was spectacular, the rain was heavy but luckily fell only during the night, and there were almost no mechanical problems.
Leaders Jerry, Hubbo, Ken, Stuart and Russell, from Kama and Crows, had an excellent weekend too. Thanks fellas, for your enthusiasm, support, and for doing the long drives!
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Harrison has shown great independence and commitment in pursuit of his Joey Promise Challenge Badge. Congratulations! Joey Commissioner, “Shingleback”, came to the recent Joey Sleepover to present the badge.