Somewhat to our surprise our Joeys got right into knots last week, and this young fellow was keen to demonstrate to Mum what he learned when he got home. Well done D! (Remember everyone, it’s about trying as much as it is about tying).
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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 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.
- Find another scout group with vacancies
- Keep waiting
- 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?
- 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…?
- 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.
- 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.
- It’s fun. Really. It’s fun. I could go on and on, but you know what fun is, right?
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 0411 151 375.
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.)
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.
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!