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New Gresham St bridge, July 2020

The Gresham St bridge, the only car bridge into St Johns Wood, is being replaced, which will have some impacts on the SJW Scouts. BCC have been very good liaising with the Scouts to manage the impacts. BCC briefed GL Alan Brake and ASL Will Chan last week, with the following key points. Note that the final design and construction method are still being developed, so there might yet be some changes. The overall project involves a temporary bridge being constructed downstream of the current bridge, about where the current Scout driveway is, and the new bridge rebuilt in the current location, but about 1 meter higher and with wider footpaths. Early works are currently underway, with the main project expected to start early 2021 and finish 18 months later.

Car access into the Scouts will be maintained during construction and it is expected the new driveway will be constructed first, in the early part of 2021. The contractors may use some of the Scout area for temporary equipment and materials, which would be fenced off and might impact the car park &/or the activity space. The new driveway will be about 20 meters east (up the hill, away from Gresham St) from the existing driveway. The current guard rail by the creek is removed to create a better space to turn into and out of Waterworks Rd and line marking of the driveway will reinforce the “Keep Right” requirement. The driveway will accommodate both in and out lanes simultaneously, which is an improvement. There won’t be any impact on the Scouts’ use of the dens or main part of the grounds. The current Scout street signs will be relocated, with the “printed” one facing the inbound Waterworks Rd traffic, which is also an improvement.


Sustainability grant success

June 2020

Brisbane City Council has awarded St Johns Wood Scouts a grant to improve our electrical efficiency with replacement lights and modern, efficient fridges that will play an important role in the renovation of the Venturer den for Scout use and community hire. Thanks to Cr Steve Toomey for his support for the Scouts.

Volunteer grant success

May 2020

Julian Simmonds, MP, has today advised that St Johns Wood Scouts has been successful with a grant for $4980 for equipment and training from the Commonwealth Government, which will support our move to the new outdoor adventurous activity training requirements.

New roof provided by Commonwealth grant

May 2020

Thanks to the Commonwealth Government and our local representative Julian Simmonds MP for their support in replacing the leaking roof that was 45 years old. This is part of our strategic plan to renovate the Venturer/Rover den ready for another 45 years of service to the community. Next stage is the internal renovation, for which we've applied to the Gambling fund and the BCC Energy Efficiency grant program.

The old rusty, leaking roof is shown on the right.

Learn how to perform a skit from the experts

April 2020

Scouting at Home - Skit (by Brisbane Gang Show)

SJW Rover Scout Rhiannah and RA Jarrad give some tips on performing a skit.


New badge system

April 2020

Scouts has released our new badge system which delivers more fun, more leadership training and more adventure, as well as continuing the proven scout method of learning by doing, learning in small groups and outdoor based.

The new webpage is live.

March 2020 Scouts moves online

St Johns Wood Scouts (all age groups) has moved online, with Scout activities now conducted in your home via Zoom and other technologies.

For an expected duration of six months, SJW Scouts plans to continue to deliver all the scout principles, using innovative strategies while maintaining strong youth involvement. There will also be increased time allowed to focus on social interaction and wellbeing.

Feedback from parents and youth members has been excellent so far, and we thank our SJW Scouts community for their continued support. Parents are also appreciating the stability that Scouts provides in these anxious times.

Jan 2020 International Scout Exchange

After six weeks in a home stay with a Scout family in Denmark, and one week with Scouts in London, Venturer Scout Lexie Brake, age 16, has returned to Australia. Lexie said the best part of the trip was the Danish camp "Scout scoop" with interesting wide games, and she has made friends from Czech republic, Finland, and Tunisia. Lexie's mum, Jenny, says that Lexie has come home noticeably more mature and resourceful. The Scout SISEP program is for Venturers aged 16 and 17 and applications usually close 31 March each year.

Lexie is on the far right in the photo with her Scoutscoop friends.

More information is on the International page.

Jan 2020 New maps, clean and fresh den for the new year

The committee and parent patrols have been busy over the holidays and the Scouts will return to a clean fresh look in the scout halls. Scout Leader John Jackson has created three great A0 size (that's big) maps for the den wall with just a tiny sample shown in the picture.

If you haven't joined a parent patrol - we ask each family to volunteer one hour a month, as many hands make light work.

29/11/2019 - Scout Unit wins Annual District Swimming Carinval at Ashgrove State School Pool

After the Cub Scout Units Victory the two nights before The St Johns Wood Scouts competed against other scout units in the Taylor Range Distrcit from at the Ashgrove State School Swimming Pool. The night was full of fun events with St Johns wood also won the sort after trophy

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29/11/2019 - Scout Unit wins Annual District Swimming Carinval at Ashgrove State School Pool

After the Cub Scout Units Victory the two nights before The St Johns Wood Scouts competed against other scout units in the Taylor Range Distrcit from at the Ashgrove State School Swimming Pool. The night was full of fun events with St Johns wood also won the sort after trophy

27/11/2019 - Cub Scout Unit wins Annual District Swimming Carinval

The St Johns Wood Cub Scouts competed against all of the Cub SCoutings in the Taylor Range Distrcit from The Gap, Bardon and Oakleigh at the Oakleigh State School Swimming Pool. The night was ful of fun events with St Johns wood winnng the sort after trophey

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24 October 2019 - Scouts at Parliament House

Kate Jones MP hosted the Scouts and Guides from her electorate at a BBQ at Parliament house last night. It was an opportunity to learn about our democracy, see the historic and beautiful building, and make a closer connection with our elected representative.

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4 October 2019 - Front page of the Westside News - our new den

20/9/2019 - New signs help find our Scout hall (den)

After creative input from Jenny Brake and Anthony Mahoney and Scout HQ Braeden, and a grant from Cr Steve Toomey, the new signs were erected by Ken and Alan to promote Scouting and help people find our den. They look great and are part of our group promotional material.

20/9/2019 - Queen's Scout presentation to Rover Scout Becky Brake

The Queen's Scout award is the best known of all the peak awards and was created by Scouts Founder BP with the endorsement of the King. This is the highest scouting award for Venturer Scouts.

Pictured from left to Right Jamie Brake, Jenny Brake, Becky Brake and Lexie Brake

5/10/2019 - Branch to release artwork for St Johns Wood Sticker!

After weeks of planning and discussion it is reported that branch will release the artwork for the much awaited for bumper Sticker art work has been approved and produced by Branch. Watch this space and the car in front of you as you may just see our sticker! They are free to anybody who wants to place them on their car to advertise the groups website, the group and scouting in general! Its a 20x7 sticker with gumtree background that will just look great!

4/10/2019 - Containers for Change Bin full

WOW! our containers for change bin is full after 11 weeks. Thanks to Steve in particularly for emptying the yellow bin into the locked red bin, and thanks everyone for your donations. Let's keep spreading the word. Anyone up for an inter-section (unit) challenge on who can bring the most containers in a four week period?

10/8/2019 - Group Leader Returns from Overseas Trip

Where has Q Been! Q has been travelling around north america enjoying the sites with his wife. What an amazing trip.

25/8/2019 - Cub Scout Distrct Camp a Success!

St Johns wood cubs attended the taylor range district camp where we met our neighbouring cub packs in the district for a weekend of fun

9/8/2019 - St Johns Wood Scouts Group night - Another Great success

The quarterlyish run group night occured tonight with many of our member attending to participate with in actvities. Pastoral care with inter untit activities (cubs and joeys, Scouts and cubs, Venturers and Rovers, and in any combination is important to create a strong group and a sense of belonging. It gives the younger kids confidence to move to the new units as they get older, and allows them to make friends of all ages!

3/8/2019 - St Johns Wood Joey Scouts attend Joey Jaunt 2019

The Joey scout unit attended joey scout jaunt 2019 at samford! They attended with their frends at the bardon joey scouts and some very dedicated parents! Lots fo fun was had with climbing wall, archery, rope bridge and screen printng were just the start! The theme was its a puzzle and leaders were asked to wear scarfs from various events. Some leaders must have travelled in a time machie to get the scarts they were wearing!

4/8/2019 - ST Johns Wood Scout Group Goes Digital!

Creating community awareness by staring on our neighbouring schools digital sign! Keep a look out for it over the next two weeks as you drive past!

17/7/2019 - Bon Voyage Q! - Q is away on holidays

Q is away on holidays leaving his house to be looked after by his family who are stil here! Hopefully not many parties will be held!

8/7/2019 - St Johns Wood Scouts Launch new website

St Johns wood scout group launched a new website and google gsuite deployment to centralise information . Google provides the platform for free, it offers the group email and web. The platform is supported 24x 7 by google who provides the platfrom to us free of charge under their Not for profit program. We just pay for the domans stjohnswoodscouts.org and stjohnswoodscouts.org.au which were donated by ITMaaSters

8/7/2019 - St Johns Wood Scouts Launch new website

St Johns wood scout group launched a new website and google gsuite deployment to centralise information . Google provides the platform for free, it offers the group email and web. The platform is supported 24x 7 by google who provides the platfrom to us free of charge under their Not for profit program. We just pay for the domans stjohnswoodscouts.org and stjohnswoodscouts.org.au which were donated by ITMaaSters