SCOUTS know all about flags – commitment to community sits alongside the adventurous experiences that are the essence of Scouting.
This year more than 730 Commonwealth Flags were raised around the world to mark the celebration of Commonwealth Day on Monday March 9th. Four youth from Brooklyn Scouts were part of the shared celebration of this amazing family of nations that encompasses the globe.
Nicky Heitger, Alexa Lee, Frankie Zelas and Mathieu Ewers joined Councillor Mark Peck, and others from SCOUTS NZ at the Commonwealth flag raising ceremony at Frank Kitts Park.
Nicky took the honours raising the Commonwealth flag, and spoke afterwards about the significance of Commonwealth Day and the world wide movement of Scouting, which now stands at over 36 million members. Nicky is in Year 10 at Wellington College, and is working towards his Chief Scouts Award.
Frankie, Alexa and Matthieu are all students in Room 10 at Brooklyn School and members of the 24 strong Scout troop at Brooklyn. Frankie is an Assistant Patrol Leader in Scouts, having joined as a Kea aged 6. Alexa joined last year and is making the most of her scouting adventures with tramps and camps. Mathieu starred in the gang show in 2014, and loves everything about the outdoors.
Brooklyn Scout Group is a flourishing community organisation, with over 60 youth supported by an active group of leaders and parents. The group received a Platinum Award for Growth from Scouts NZ in 2014. Youth members have achieved four Chief Scout Awards (the highest award in Scout Section) in the last 2 years.
The group runs activities for Keas, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers (ages 5 – 18) and works actively with local Rovers. Seewww.brooklynscouts.org.nz for more information.