Cub Regatta

Kama Cubs had a ball at the inaugural Cub Regatta hosted by the Lake Ginninderra Sea Scouts. Led by Owl, with support from Kama’s water-qualified leaders Eccles and Brumby, the Canoe Regatta was designed as a day focussing on canoe and watermanship activities.

Cub Regatta Nov 2018

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.



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Snow Camp

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…

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.

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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!

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.