Scouts discover what the squiggly lines on weather maps mean

This evening the scouts looked at weather, Andrew took them through isobar maps high and low pressure and Henry showed everyone a real time map of wind flow over the USA – particularly relevant given this was the evening of Hurricane Sandy!



Keas get to enjoy the sun!

The Keas managed to spend a lovely evening out in the sun playing games and working towards their badges


What a load of rubbish

A big Bravo to the cubs for collecting a massive load of rubbish from around the Hall, community centre, garden and school. This activity counts towards the Community Service element of the cub award scheme.


pics: Cubs & Scouts go global at JoTI

True to the virtual, participate anywhere, nature of a Jamboree on the Internet, Brooklyn cubs and scouts participated from 3 locations! A small group went of to Masterton, and two home events were held in Brooklyn.

Lyn (Scout Alaigne’s mum) writes:

The “InBrooklyn” JOTI event – 5 scouts and one cub crowded around 3 computers which had been set up for accessing the 2012 JOTI chat rooms and TeamSpeak. For over three hours they thoroughly enjoyed “chatting” (typing) and talking with kids from Netherlands, Portugal, Venezuala, Ecuador,Croatia,Canada, the US, England, Scotland, Australia, Antigua & Barbuda, and others (including other Brooklyn Scouts on camp in Masterton!)

One memorableexchange was with a group in the Netherlands – in Dutch. Our bi-lingua scout had to correct their impression that New Zealand was close to Zeeland in the Netherlands (arguably it is, because that’s where our name came from) but he told them in no uncertain terms (in Dutch) that we are on the other side of the world!

Some took a break from tapping on computer keys and attempted some 2012 JOTI challenges and tasks.  We also tried actually talking (using TeamSpeak) which resulted in many laughs, as voice quality and response times made discussion a little difficult, but our cub member made the best job of having a “real” conversation with some Aussies.

The rest thoroughly enjoyed typing responses furiously and finding out about the likes and dislikes of scouts all over the world. 🙂

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pics: Venturer spotlight – 2012 and 2013 expeditions

Time to turn the spotlight on our senior youth and share some of their past and planned adventures.  As Venturers, they largely run themselves: building their own program of activities (with a bit of guidance and advice from Vic).  Aged 15 – 18, these activities are bigger and bolder than the cubs and scouts tackle.

In summer of 2012 our Venturers and a Leader joined the National Canoe School.  After the initial training in Taumarunui they set off for five days of canoeing and adventure down the Whanganui River to Pipiriki. See the pics below, and a movie of the highlights on the Venturers’ page.

For summary 2013, Venture South 2013 beckons.  10 days in Riverton, South Island “designed to challenge you both physically and emotionally, allowing you to develop new skills and to build new levels of self confidence.  But most of all.. a whole lot of fun!”

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Scouts “raided” by Kelburn!!

Last night for the first time in many years we were “raided” – by 18 scouts from Kelburn.  They joined us in a surprise visit and we had lots of games, a survival exercise, a construction team game “egg rescue” – 3 out of 5 eggs survived – but more new scouting links were  formed.

A return raid on Kelburn is being arranged – at a surprise date!

– via Denise

New Patrol Leaders invested

New PLs being inducted

Congratulations to new Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders Liam, Alaigne, Matthew B, and to our newly promoted Senior Patrol Leaders Emerald, Augusta and Caitlin!

We now have a very strong cohort of youth leadership in the Scouts who are playing an ever larger role in planning and running activities.

pics: Saywells Camp, October 2012

Around 20 cubs, scouts, venturers, leaders and parents (with an additional crew from Paparangi Scouts) had a fine time in sunshine, rain, hail, high wind… name it, we had it.

Thanks to the careful checking by our quartermaster, and Terry and friends, the tents all (well, with the sad exception of Grayson’s) stood up to the rigours.

At Saywells, we did our scouts’ good deed with a rubbish cleanup, we walked and learned compass navigation basics, played games, and completed an orienteering course.  Newer scouts used their time well to acquire new skills, and three cooked their own dinner over the open fire – delicious.

— Denise

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pics: Rail Trail Riders

[via Denise]

Get driven to the camp? Not our youth – not when you can cycle part of the way there on the Rimutaka trail.  Cubs and smaller scouts, in particular, did a fantastic job of cycling the Rimutaka Incline, where the big challenge was the WIND!!

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Search for next Scouts NZ National Chairman underway

Recruitment is underway for the next Chair of Scouts NZ to take over in March 2013.

It’s a 3 year, unpaid, position, with on average 10 hours per month commitment (personally, I’d reckon at least 2 days!).

See the Appoint website detail, or call Peter McLaren on 04 4991069

Desired attributes are:
  • Proven experience as a Director and/or Chairman
  • Proven ability to mentor the skills and capabilities of a new, dynamic and vibrant CEO – an opportunity to make a real difference
  • A thorough understanding of good governance practices in the Not-for-Profit sector
  • Have knowledge of and success in areas such as fiscal overview, stakeholder engagement and strategic planning
  • Has had success in working closely and constructively with the diverse views of a volunteer workforce
  • Knowledge and experience of Scouting in New Zealand is desirable as is the need to understand the needs of a large membership organisation
  • Has an awareness of, and real interest in youth development
  • Excellent communication and be able to liaise with the volunteer leaders who actually deliver Scouting.