St Johns Wood Scouts

IMPORTANT. Everyone asked to help a little, to deliver a quality Scout program, in our local volunteer based Scout Group. Concentrating on parent patrols this term. Newsletter 2019 Term 4.

Group dates this term

Thu 10 Oct at 7 pm: OAS assistance night (Pioneer level Scouts, Venturers, Rovers)

Thu 17 Oct at 6 pm: Intro to Scouting for new & linking parents (MANDATORY for new members)

Wed 23 Oct at 6 pm: Group BBQ at Parliament House with MP Kate Jones (RSVP here)

Tue 15 Oct and 19 Nov at 7 pm: Group committee meetings. New members welcome and secretary and general members required.

Thu 21 Nov at 6 pm: Intro to Scouting for new & linking parents (MANDATORY for new members)

Sun 24 Nov: Scout exchange program to Denmark (7 weeks; grade 10 and 11)

Thu 12 Dec at 6 pm: Group break-up at Albany Creek Leisure Centre (more details later)

Sat 28 Dec to 30 Dec: Summer fun camp - 10 year old Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers

Call for volunteers - 75th Anniversary, others

2020 marks 75 years for St Johns Wood Scouts and a celebration should be held. We need volunteers to assist. If interested, email or phone LIC Alan Brake on 0448 845 787. Secretary wanted: We are also looking for a secretary for the group committee - one two hour meeting a month and about an hour a week administration. (role statement)

New this term - please read carefully

Mandatory Introduction to Scouting sessions: New this term, all new youth and parents must attend a session before investiture, and it is highly recommended that all continuing parents attend one session a year as there is too much to learn in just one session.

New badge system starting: The next phase of our new badge system starts this term - the Special Interest Area "SIA" badges. We have also a catch up session for eligible Scouts for the Outdoor Adventure Skills badges.

CareMonkey - Scouts is moving from paper based permission forms to electronic. We are waiting on Scout HQ to enable the system for us, but hope to changeover any day now.

Venturer Den update: The roof replacement has proven more difficult than expected due to an unusual original construction. Anyone with building experience able to help with organising or helping do some internal building work please see Alan Brake.

Stickers now being handed out

Each youth member will receive three stickers - asked to put on the two family cars and one for a school water bottle or laptop, and extra stickers available from the leaders for good locations. We understand some people don't put stickers on their cars and that's OK.

Group BBQ at Parliament House with Kate Jones

Wed 23 Oct at 6 pm - replaces all normal Unit meetings that week.

Information here and RSVP required by 15 Oct. If you are not sure, RSVP yes for security reasons.

Parent Patrols gaining strength

In term 3, the "New parent" and "Housekeeping" patrols got underway very successfully. We aim to start the "Maintenance" patrol this term. If your family is not yet in a patrol, please email Alan or phone 0448 845 787

OAS Assessment night this Thursday 10 Oct at 7pm

Scouts with their Pioneer (big red) badge, Venturers and Rovers are invited to an OAS assessment session. Help from youth that have stage 4 or above is requested. Bring your current record (green) book and logbook (if you have one or download a template here and start one on the night).

OAS more info

Containers for Change Bins now at the Den

Containers can be rinsed or not, crushed or not. Most single use drink containers are acceptable, but not plain milk bottles, wine bottles or large juice bottles.

We've filled our first big red bin for a return of about $10/week, and we'd hope to triple that as news spreads, which would be a major fundraiser for the group.

Donate your 10c containers (any single use drink containers) into our bin at the Scout Den - pass the message on to your work and neighbours.

Best to place in the bin in the Q Store if it is open, otherwise the public bin is next to the Venturer den (two level). Look for the big new sign.

The new den

In the great snakes and ladders game of the new den, we hit a major "snake" this term and slid back to almost the start when our Development Approval expired. However good news is that the council are supportive of us replacing the current building with a more flood resilient building (note the new design concept in the image) on the same site.

Another opportunity is with the Ashgrove Bowls Club and we are collaborating with them with a view to the younger sections moving to the ABC clubhouse at the far end of the bike path. We should know more before the end of 2019 on whether this option is available.

Venturers Arwen and Lexie, and Leader Isaac joined 45,000 other Scouts on an adventure of a lifetime at the World Scout Jamboree

The World Scout Jamboree, for eligible Scouts age 14-18, is a life changing event with a kaleidoscope of nations to promote the Scouting ideal of world peace through the Scouting brotherhood.

Arwen and Lexie fundraised part of the cost of the event and received donations from MP Kate Jones and MP Julian Simmonds.

The Venturers spent almost four weeks away, including a pre Jamboree get to know you tour around Washington, the ten day Jamboree and then more high adventure in the Canada post Jamboree tour.

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