AGM holds subscription costs and elects Parent committee

Updated: minutes, financials and reports added

Brooklyn Scout Group held its AGM on Sunday evening, reporting on a fantastic year of activities and development across all the sections of the Group: Keas, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers.

Highlights of 2011 included:

  • Keas starting their new Badge and Awards program with a vengeance
  • Cubs number swelling, and enjoying a fantastic camp
  • Scouts cycling from the Rimutaka incline to Saywells, tramping around Lake Waikaremoana

Importantly, the AGM voted to hold subscription charges at 2009 levels – this recognises the challenging economic times, but also the fact that subscriptions only cover around 50% of our running costs.  The Group will continue to rely on fantastic fund-raising efforts, and the support of parents / caregivers.

Looking forward, the AGM attendees were keen to provide an increased level of support to the Leaders.  To this effect, it was resolved to setup a Parents Committee to work with the Leaders.  The initial Members of this Committee are:

  1. Chris Ewers (Cub Parent)
  2. Donald Clark (Cub Parent)
  3. Erina Papp (Scout Parent)

Chief Scout Bear Grylls on Desert Island Discs

Chief Scout Bear Grylls

Chief Scout, ex-SAS Trooper, and adventurer Bear Grylls is interviewed by Kirsty Young for BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs programme.

Bear talks about his love of the outdoors and climbing when growing up and his responsibilities as Chief Scout.

Download MP3 or stream to listen.

Read more about the role of the Chief Scout at this Wikipedia article.

Cub camp: 19-21 November

The Cubs went to Brookfield for a 2-day camp under canvas last weekend and had a wonderful time.  Milo and a biscuit got everyone settled around 10pm on the Friday after some great work pitching all the tents.

Saturday was a huuuugggee day: up at 05:30 [not by choice for the leaders and adults!] and then the Confidence Course; Flying Fox; lunch; canoes and rafting; swimming pool; free play; dinner; campfire; and then back for toasted marshmallows at the tents.  Not surprisingly, everyone went to bed a bit earlier…

… and got up a bit later to on Sunday.  Lots of free play, a walk up the hill following the course that the Bog Run participants were going to be taking later in the day.  And then watching and cheering on all the runners as they dove into the drainage ditch alongside our camp was fun.

Back to the Scout Hall by around 2pm – muddy, tired, happy.

Big thanks to the Scouts who came up for Saturday and Sunday and for Venturers Henry and [G] who joined and helped out.