A Big Walk…

The Big Walk 20130426

Took place on Friday 28 April for Scouts Liam and Olivia Simes.  Taking five hours and travelling approximately 16 Kilometres from Wind turbine turn off on Ashton Fitchett Drive through to Owhiro Bay, travelling via the Brooklyn Wind Turbine, Hawkins Hill (and the Radar Dome,) Te Kopahou Peak, Abigail Bay, Sinclair Head, and Red Rocks!

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Reports are that they slept very well that night…

The Brooklyn Scout Troop has three new Scouts invested

A great way to end the last week of Term One for 2013 with the Troop investing three new Scouts.  Congratulations to Thomas, Frankie and Olivia.

Large attack on WordPress sites – but we’re safe

internet_patch.png.scaled500Some of you may have read about a large attack on WordPress hosted sites.  We use WordPress to run brooklynscouts.org.nz

Fortunately, we also use CloudFlare‘s (free) service to protect us from harm, reduce our traffic costs and speed up content delivery internationally.  Predictably, the CloudFlare team were on to this issue very early and implemented the required protection:

We just pushed a rule out through CloudFlare’s WAF that detects the signature of the attack and stops it. Rather than limiting this to only paying customers, CloudFlare is rolling it out the fix to all our customers automatically, including customers on our free plan. If you are a WordPress user and you are using CloudFlare, you are now protected from this latest brute force attack. – CloudFlare Blog full entry

If our site goes offline, it’s going to be due to an admin stuff by me – not by this sort of attack!

pics: Hall rejuvenation – weekend 1

Wow – what a transformation already.  With fantastic support from parents and youth alike.

Ably led by Rex and Erina, a team of 15 adults and 4 youth worked shifts throughout Saturday and Sunday to blast, scrape, yank, saw, slap and dab their way an huge way towards our first goal: repair and painting of the South and West exterior walls.

Thanks to: Rex, Erina, Chris, Matt, Mel, Perry, Julia, Lynne, Dave, Donald, Marion, Dinesh, Richard, Bob, Denise – and Alaigne, Harriet, Harris and Sam.

How bad were things? Not terrible, but we uncovered some moderate rot around many of the windows and a bad patch on the South-West corner.  Rex went into battle with rot killer, power saw, and years of experience and by Sunday it had yielded!  We are getting quotes for window repairs.

Next up is finishing the repairs, completing the top coats, and then doing the window and edging in Scouting purple!

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Powell Hut Tramp

The tramp to Powell Hutt. Lead by Venturers Jack and Grayson the tramp featured seven Venturers and four older Scouts.

With great weather, stunning views and great company it was a highlight of the term for all involved.

We would like to thank the adults that helped make this trip an success: Oliver Mander whom provided leadership support to Jack and Grayson and also Terry Poll, Vic Scott and David Thornburrow. Whom provided rides for the avid adventures to and from the mountain.

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Leader ranks swell for 2013

In case you haven’t heard, our leader ranks have been swelling in line with our youth numbers.  In the past 6 months we’ve had:

  1. David Thornburrow, join Duane as Kea leader
  2. Andrew Simes, join Bob and Denise as a Scout leader (as well as picking up Quartermaster duties)
  3. Oliver Mander, join Vic and Terry as a Venturer leader.

Fantastic to add their range of experiences to our leaders team.  And to see Brooklyn Scouts continuing to go from strength to strength.