Scouts Mystery Box Challenge

T’was a busy night last night with Blue Penguin Team (Patrol) running a “Mystery Box – Disaster Chef” challenge. Points were awarded at the discretion of the Senior Team, with the use of ingredients (like curry powder, rolls of tape and Vegemite) receiving bonus points. The maple syrup (with curry powder) was not well received! Kakapo bathed themselves in glory, closely followed by Takehe Team. Danial (aka “Special”), the Blue Penguin’s Team Leader, ran the night and demonstrated that youth lead scouting is the way of the future. Of course he required plenty of support from Senior team of Jamie, Winston & Lucia 😉

Our Team (and Assistant Team Leaders) also received more leadership training form Mark 👍🏼 We now have five teams due to our high numbers.

We welcome Joss (one of our cub leaders going to Jamboree) and Sarah (waiting for her Warrant and also going to Jamboree) to our adult team. They are both getting to know our Scouts and bring significant experience to the section.

YiS, John

Group Family Campfire held at Princess Bay

Our Group Family Campfire was held at Princess Bay Beach on what turned out to be a pretty mild night for this time of year! Duane, our Campfire Chief, ensured we respected the protocols that make Scouting campfires unique. Bob & Denise excelled themselves with with their rendition of “There’s a hole in my bucket” and Ed (one of our two Venturers) was, well, his typical larger than life self! Once the campfire formalities were completed Anneleah, Joss, Catherine and Mark supplied us with bbq’d sausages (many thanks team!) and the youth toasted marshmallows on the remaining campfire embers.

Battle Hill Group Camp

The annual Group Family Camp was held at Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, near Paekakariki. Having already been postponed due to a cold Southerly we had virtually no wind and mild temperatures which made life much easier! Because daylight saving had finished, we had plenty of time to sit around the fire and cook potatoes. We got to use our flash new flagpole (thanks David), put up a tent or two, meet youth from the different sections and get to know their parents [= potential leaders!?]. Many thanks to Joss (cub leader), Sarah and Sam (?soon to be leaders?) for their amazing efforts and David for doing the shopping!

Special thanks to our Endevour Venturers: especially Edd for trying to organise Duncan, Emerson, Rebekah and Cormack to run some activities, and for showing that playing with a pocket knife can lead to the need to fill out an incident report!

A great time was had by all.

YiS John