At Scouts tonight we split into two groups – one going to the NZTA Wellington Transport Operation Centre and the other to the Botanical Gardens.
learnt about the management of traffic through the use of cameras on the State
Highway network and were ‘impressed’ by some of the video footage showing near
misses, a late night cyclist getting his jersey caught in his front wheel
(resulting in a ‘forward roll’) and quite a few unexplained crashes.
Botanical gardens provided the opportunity to find locations from basic map
coordinates, identify plants and birds and consider the environmental care
Tonight (December 11th), we had an awards celebration night with special guests Josh Tabor Chief Executive Scouts NZ and David Lee Wellington City Councillor (Southern Ward). The awards started with 4 new Scouts being invested Olly, Noah, Cormac and Liadan. This was followed by a number of youth receiving personal badges ranging from Arts, Crafts, Bronze, Silver and Gold Scout Badges.
We also invested a new leader Mark, which was followed by Rex receiving a Medal of Merit for all the support he has provided to Brooklyn Scout Group for well over 10 years, we struggled to find the words to say thanks to Rex for his hard work and dedication to our Scout Hall.
We then came to the main purpose of the night, the presentation of 3 Chief Scout awards, presented by Josh Tabor – Chief Executive for NZ Scouts to Rebekah, Mathieu and Harry.
The Group, Leaders, parents, youth were all proud of their great achievement.
Cooking with an international theme – in mugs using microwave ovens!? Moreporks patrol leader Jamie ran a very successful night with scouts cooking a savoury meal in their cup followed by a sweet desert.
If you add 4 Venturers, 12 Scouts, 5 cubs, 1 Kea, 7 leaders, 5 parent helpers and 2 international students together what do you get? The Brooklyn Group Family Tramp! Yay!
Ten of us walked into Turere Hut located in the Orongorongo Valley (beyond Wainuiomata) in the dark (on Friday night) guided by Venturer Ed and his fairy-light festooned pack!? Terry had set off earlier in the afternoon and already had the fire going when we arrived at the hut around 9pm. More fairy-lights (too many for Gary?) were promptly strung around the hut for added festive ambiance.
It rained heavily overnight, with showers only clearing in the late morning. We ventured out after lunch hoping to find an old hut downstream but the river was too high to cross, so we built a dam across a small channel instead.
We were joined by the rest of the tramping party on Saturday afternoon. Nico proved a dab hand at cooking popcorn and many card games were played with varying levels of trickery. Dinner was a big joint effort, followed by bananas wrapped in tinfoil (stuffed with chocolate buttons and marshmallows) and baked in the firebox of the wood fire. Surprisingly successful – thanks to David for the idea!
The party split on the return journey, with the older youth choosing the slightly longer and steeper Cattle Ridge track with the bonus of getting views back to the city at one point. The Cubs and Kea’s got to build there own dams before we all met up at the car park.
On a personal note, I would to congratulate the youth for being especially inclusive with everyone getting the chance to try out and learn new games in the hut, and with youth moving around engaging with each other – whether they were Keas, Cubs, Scouts or Venturers. Thank you too to our parent helpers – may you soon become leaders!?