News and Adventures
Stradbroke Scout Group. Group Leader’s Report for 2016
During 2016 the Group our membership has settled back to 85 youth members after reaching 100 late in 2015. This is a good number as it makes our Group more manageable. Our total membership including Adults is now 100 people.
We have less restrictions on accepting new members. We have vacancies for 6 year old Joeys. The Venturer Unit also has a couple of vacancies coming up next year. Children wanting to join the Scout Troop and Cub Pack are still being placed on a waiting list. Preference is being given to the siblings and friends of existing members.
During the year our sections held:
- · 11 camps
- · 5 hikes ranging from 1 to 3 days in duration
- · 16 Adventurous Activities
- · 7 Community Service activities
The activities were once again wide and varied from a bit of fun to full on adventure
- · Group Camp – Back to Basics
- 6 km hike to the top of Mt Crawford
- Building bush shelters (and a ship!) from the litter on the forest floor
- A forest treasure hunt
- Campfire run by the Venturers
- · Bike rides and road safety
- · Croquet and Lawn Bowls
- · Target Shooting
- · Archery and Archery Tag
- · German Wheel
- · Indoor Rock Climbing and SpaceBall
- · Ice Blocking and Ice Skating.
- · Kayaking – West Lakes, Dolphin Sanctuary, water safety and SuperSplash
- · ANZAC –
- The Group held an overnight vigil at Tranmere Scout Hall
- The Group formed part of the Guard of Honour at the Dawn Service
- Scouts and Venturers carried banners for the city march
- · Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Day
- · Gang Show – with six members from Stradbroke on stage or behind the scenes.
- · Jamboree on the Trail
- · District Church Service
The Jamboree fundraising group raised $7,000 this year. This has enabled us to purchase 10 heavy duty tents that will serve us for many years to come. Special thanks to Tomas Evan and his helpers for coordinating the fundraising.
The Venturers have raised $1100 through a sausage sizzle and carwash this year.
When you look at the list of things we have done, it is only through the sense of fun and adventure displayed by our Leaders and Helpers. The range of activities we offer is exceptional and, I think, one of the best in South Australia. To have new Leaders join us during the year and having past Youth Members signing up to be Adult Leaders is fantastic.
We welcome Mark Bastiaans to the Cubs Section, Eloise Trickett to the Scout Section, Edward Willis to the Joey section. Also thank you to Brynelle Harding for volunteering to take on the Joey Scout Leader Role.
Garry Flower our current JSL will continue as an assistant and I would like to acknowledge the great work Garry has done with the Joeys over the last 7 ½ years.
Congratulations to Angela for receiving the Meritorious Service Award at the branch Award Ceremony this year. Over the last 6 years Angela has made significant contributions at the Group, District, State and International levels of Scouting.
Penny has had a busy year with the Cub Section and her life was thrown into chaos when the Cuboree was deferred due to bad weather. The camp at West Beach was a great success and shows the dedication of our Leaders to delivering great experiences to our members.
We say farewell to Margaret Webbe who is resigning from Scouts this year after decades of support in many ways to Rob.
I’d like to welcome Stuart Cartledge as our new Treasurer. Stu took on this role at the beginning of the year from Rob and has settled into the vagaries of Scouting finances very smoothly.
Thank you to the Parent Helpers and the parents who have helped out in so many ways including transport, cooking, setting up and packing down camps and general running around.
As I say every year, you are the reason we exist. Thank you for choosing to be a member of Stradbroke Scout Group. I hope you continue to enjoy the great range of activities on offer, make friends for life and take many happy memories of Scouting with you.