Gimme Shelter, by the Keas

With this term’s theme of construction at Brooklyn Scouts, the Keas took on the challenge at their evening meeting on Tuesday 14 June.   We started with a  quick reflection on last weeks “diversity around the world” activity, and we heard that many keas enjoyed the opportunity to learn a new language or experience a new game.

But this week, they had a practical deadline – to deliver a shelter one person could sit or lie in –  in 35 minutes or less.  This was a kea led activity – to complete their task in teams of 2 or 3 using all or any of the resources available in the room.   There were many different interpretations, from log cabins through to paper pup tents, classic and  futuristic tepees, to multi material lean to-s.  And some micro scale mini designs. Kea creativity was at its peak.    Keep in mind that when they get to Scout section, they will be building bivouacs in the outdoors and sleeping in these overnight.  

Thanks to youth leader Jen, and to the adult helpers who pitched in.   With the kea section now at full capacity, we do need two parents each week to assist – if you have not already done so, please get in your online volunteer application so that we can process you through the necessary clearance steps that help us support our youth in safe and constructive ways.  

Nga mihi
Kea kaiarahi Denise & Anna

Keas on an adventure to the South Coast

On Saturday afternoon, thirteen Keas did a fantastic job of using all the skills they had learned in Term 1 to lead their expedition on the City to Sea walkway.   They checked their maps at Kingston, confirmed their route to Island Bay,  made sure they had their snacks, water and spare clothing,  and off we went in two teams with kaiarahi and parents in support.   Every kea had a chance to lead their team, and work out which way to go.   We had great views of the hills and Cook Strait, saw weta, kaka (but no whales).  We stopped for drinks and snacks at the water reservoirs, and finished at the Island Bay playground.   Heaps of fun.   New kea Miles said “it was the best walk of my life”.  

Term 2 Keas starts on Tuesday 3 May 5.30pm at the scout hall.   New members:  to get on the wait list, please register your interest via

Cubs get prepared

Cubs were busy on Monday evening preparing for emergencies ranging from earthquakes to fires and tsunami.    They prepared for practical things they could do, and had fun with a “quick response” game.  Ask your cub for household advice on emergency preparation!

Activities all help to achieve progress on the cubs award scheme.   Remember to check OSM for your cub’s progress.


Brooklyn Scouts 70 years ago!

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Brooklyn Scouts had a fascinating visit from John Cook former Brooklyn Scout and Queens Scout.   John regaled the Scouts with stories from the 1940s and 50s.  Back then, Brooklyn Scouts were an important part of the local community, as they are today.  John generously donated some badges and his original Patrol Leaders certificate to the group archives.  John lined up for photos with his Patrol Leaders certificate from 1952, and scouts Lucia and Sam who were receiving their Assistant Patrol Leaders certificates 65 years on.   He also enjoyed damper and jam breadsticks cooked by the scouts over their fire grills.