Stadium fundraiser kicks it out the park again

All Blacks WinWhat a great job from the parents and senior Youth last weekend at the All Blacks vs Wallabies game doing one of our precious stadium fundraiser. ¬†Looks like there’s another $800 coming our way after a very hectic evening.

I understand we ran out of several lines of drinks – but there were still a few of those plastic hotdogs left…. ūüôĀ

Bear Grylls is back! New AirNZ video features scouts

Air New Zealand have roped in Bear Grylls to do the latest version of their in-flight safety video. ¬†What’s cool is that the UK Chief Scout made sure that local NZ cubs and scouts were involved in the filming.

Check it out below…

Scout Leaders help Brooklyn School conquor Central Park

The last day of the Brooklyn School survival skills elective saw the whole group navigate their way to Central park, rescue a wounded team member, keep everyone dry in a bivvy, then rescue a group that had got trapped on the wrong side of a “river”

Best buddies with the GG!

One of our Scout Patrol Leaders, Liam, was invited to attend the Royal Visit recently at Government House in Wellington.  His attendance provided an opportunity for this photo to be taken with Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae (the GG is Chief Scout in NZ).

It was apparently the only photo taken with a member of the visiting public…  wearing a scout uniform does have its privileges!

– via Andrew

The Queen thanks Brooklyn Scouts

… well, through and instruction to her Lady-in-Waiting!

The Group wrote to the Her Majesty earlier in the year, to pass on its congratulations during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.  Part of the Scout Promise involves doing our duty to the Queen Рand this was a nice way to do so.

Hopefully, we’ll get the response displayed in the Hall in Term 4.

Tent issues….. from 1916!

Evening Post, Volume XCII, Issue 141, 12 December 1916, Page 9

With our new quartermaster¬†on board and starting to introduce new processes around our managing our tents, camp and expedition gear, it’s good to know that some things never change.

Here is an article from the 12 December 1916 issue of the Evening Post:

On Wednesday, 27th December, the Brooklyn Troop will cdmmence a ten days’ camp at Lowry Bay. Although Brook-, lyn is not a very large troop the ladsare keen and are well on their way to becoming efficient scouts. There is a difficulty about tents, and it has- been suggested that some Brooklyn residents might be” willing to lend them to the Scouts for the camp. The Scoutmaster will be at the Clubroom, Brooklyn, between 7.45 and 8.30 on Friday night.

Item at Papers Past – National Library

Bear Grylls’ essential kit: World Scout Badge

Bear Grylls about to jump out of a plane, wearing World Scout Badge

In case you didn’t know, adventurer Bear Grylls is Chief Scout. ¬†(You can hear him interviewed¬†in this earlier post.)

So what essential kit does Bear take with him when filming Man vs Wild, along with his knife, and water bottle? ¬†That’s right – a Scout Badge. ¬†And all the knowledge and spirit that comes with it.

Bear Grylls wearing World Scout Badge in Man vs Wild

I grabbed a couple of rough screen shots whilst watching his latest adventure in the South Island Рone of him about to jump out of an RNZAF plane; another climbing out of a gully.

Fantastic inspiration to all current, former and potential keas, cubs, scouts, venturers and rovers.

Don’t know about the weta eating though… *ugh*




New poster: Homework for real life…

The sharp-eyed amongst you may have noticed our new poster out in the wild in Brooklyn and surroundings areas.  It features our Cubs, Scouts and parents, along with Chief Scout and adventurer, Bear Grylls.

We could always do with greater coverage and it’d be great to get your help. ¬†Maybe you could print one-off and put it up at work? Or get one in your classroom / school notice board?

We have a few print outs left, so leave a comment below or get in touch with a committee member if you’d like one.

download: Brooklyn Scouts РHomework for real life РPoster

Kate Middleton is scouting’s latest volunteer!

Source: Scouting UK,


HRH Duchess of Cambridge

Don’t expect to see her helping with the Brooklyn Cubs and Keas anytime soon, but Kate Middleton – or HRH the Duchess of Cambridge –¬†has become Scouting‚Äôs newest volunteer and will help at local cub packs and beaver colonies (equivalent to Keas).

The Duchess, who joins 66,000 girls and 40,000 female leaders in Scouting, will help out at groups close to where she lives.

In Brooklyn, we are warmly welcoming adult volunteers who want to get involved Рbe it for one night a term, or more regularly.  It all helps. To be a part of Brooklyn Scouts contact one of our great leaders.

Here’s Chief Scout Bear Grylls talking about the value of all volunteers for making scouting a quality, vital experience for young people today.


NZ National Commissioner post open!

Stuart Fleming, National Commissioner

Scouts NZ National Commissioner 2011/12 Stuart Fleming

If you have a great knowledge of Scouting and wish to contribute to scouts at a national
level then a rare opportunity is now open.  Scouts New Zealand is looking for a new National Commissioner to replace Stuart Fleming, whose term ends in March 2012

This is a key leadership role and requires someone who can inspire and motivate leaders at all levels of the Movement. The National Commissioner is frequently seen at events and forums around the country so the role requires a confident and outgoing personality. –

Read more about Stuart’s exploits during his term.

Find out more about this important postion and apply.