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 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.
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…..you 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.
(as ever, if you don’t see the photos below click here)
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!!
(click here if you don’t see the photos below)
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.