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

Halfway to our rejuvenation fundraising goal!

After some sterling work by our Committee grants specialist (thanks Erina) we are the fortunate recipients of:

  1. $5,000 from Infinity Foundation for our basement projects
  2. $4,000 from Four Winds for our basement and kitchen projects.

This takes us to $39,000 out of our target $80,000 to do our total hall rejuvenation wish list. Awesome.

An update on the basement project will be up shortly (it’s been cleared and tidied and is now ready for work to begin).

Lashings of lashings

You might not want want to trust them with your life – yet – but the Scouts have been busy perfecting their lashings!



Term 3 2013 – the challenge is on!

The draft programmes for Term 3 2013 for the cubs and scouts are live… and looking full to the brim with awesome sauce ūüôā

Gang show update & performing arts camp

There is quite a lot of Gang Show and related activity going on at the moment.

Gang Show 2014

Much work has been going on behind the scenes over the last few months putting the new show together. ¬† An outline (based on the theme ‚ÄúThe Game‚ÄĚ ‚Äď hint think video games) is well underway and we’re now into developing the details. ¬†The Production Team is confident that it is going to be another great one with plenty of new innovations!

Dates for the show, auditions, rehearsals etc:

  • Auditions:¬†Saturday 10 May and Sunday 11 May 2014
  • First Rehearsal:¬†Monday 2 June 2014¬†(Queens Birthday¬†Monday)
  • First Camp:¬†20-22 June 2014
  • Second Camp:¬†29-31 August 2014
  • Performances:¬†Monday 22 September ‚Äď Saturday 27 September 2014.

 2014 Performing Arts Camp

This awesome camp  will be held at Brookfield on the weekend of 21-22 September 2013.  This is our Gang Show Camp between Gang Shows so we hope to see you there!

The Performing Arts Camp is open to any Cub, Scout, Guide, Ranger, Venturer, Rover or Leader (who is 9¬Ĺ years of age or older at the time of the Camp) who wants to enjoy a weekend of singing, dancing, acting, and Gang Show camp fun.¬† No previous experience is required and people who have never been in a Gang Show are encouraged to come and check it all out.

Of course if you have been in Gang Show before then you will definitely want to come, relive the memories and catch-up with your friends from the Gang.   The Camp includes sessions on the various things involved in theatrical productions as well some singing, dancing and drama activities.  It might even include some sneak peaks at some material planned for the 2014 Show!

The cost is $37 and numbers are limited so applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Applications close Friday 6 September 2014.

Pride, prejudice and pots of cash

Gillian reports:
73 made it along to our private showing of Pride and Prejudice last Friday. The Provisional fundraising figure from tickets and the raffle is $1356.

People has a great time – they thought the show was very well acted and entertaining and they commented on the hospitality including all the wonderful home baking by the scouts (and a few parents).

We had two very happy raffle winners who picked up wonderful packs containing movie or theatre tickets, wine, coffee/tea packs and more.

A huge thanks to our sponsors and particularly Warrick McCluskey from Tommy’s real estate who gave a cash donation and wine.

All the Scouts in uniform looked very smart – and the leaders were in their flash civvies looking very glamourous.

(Note: big thanks to co-organiser Jenny and all who bought and sold tickets, baked and made sandwiches or otherwise helped out.)

Uniform transition nearly complete

It was a couple of years ago when Scouts NZ introduced the new uniform. We’ve taken a gradual encouragement to make the shift – after all they’re pricey and there’s all those badges to sew on!
Looking around tonight, its clear that growing youth and turnover has had its impact and we’re almost entirely in the new uniforms. (Of course, wearing the older green shirts is still absolutely acceptable.)


pics: Hall rejuvenation – weekend 1

Wow Рwhat 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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