Tuesday, November 30, 2010

St Kilda Mangrove Broadwalk

On Saturday, Wilbur went with Akela and the cubs to St Kilda Mangrove walk. It was a very enjoyable day, even though it was very windy. There was a section of the Boardwalk we couldn’t do as it was damaged due to bad weather. However, we are hoping they are able to get this fixed soon and we can do the whole walk as a loop, rather than in two parts and having to back track.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Salisbury Christmas Parade and Carisbrooke District Cub Fishing Day

It has been a very busy weekend for scouting, especially for Wilbur.

Yesterday, Saturday 20th November, Wilbur attended the Salisbury Christmas Parade with the Joeys and Cubs, as well as a couple of scouts and a venturer. It was really quite a good day and everyone had a great day.

Today, Sunday 21st November, was the Carisbooke District Fishing Day at West Lakes. It was a good day, lots of sunshine and several Mawson Lakes Cubs caught several fish. In fact, one of the Cubs from Mawson Lakes won Heaviest fish caught! That was so awesome and Akela is glad one of her cubs finally won a prize! She was starting to wonder if any of her cubs were ever going to win anything has they haven’t at the previous two that she attended.

Overall, it was a great weekend and everyone had a great time

Monday, November 15, 2010

Growing Sunflower - new project

Today (Monday 15th November), the sunflower seeds arrive for the Cubs and Joeys to grow. I have already taken one and planted it this afternoon, with help from Akela of course! We added the water and some growing stuff to help it on it’s journey. Now we just need to sit and wait for it to grow. We know it is meant to be in a flower bed, but we don’t really have one at home just yet. So what we have done is plant it in a spare container. We are simply being good scouts and making the most of our resources.

We have also found the following information as well about Sunflowers that we thought we would share with everyone (http://juniorlandcarechallenge.com/Sunflower/Facts)

• The sunflower originated in Mexico and Peru and is believed to be one of the first plants ever grown as a crop in the United States of America

• Spanish explorers collected the sunflower in North America and brought it to it Europe where it was first grown during the 15th century

• In Peru, the sunflower was revered by the Aztecs and in their Temples of the Sun, the priestesses were crowned with sunflowers

• The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas

• The botanical name of the sunflower is helianthus, derived from the Greek ‘Helios’ meaning sun and ‘anthos’ meaning flower

• Every part of the sunflower plant can be used for economic purposes. The leaves can be used to make cattle food, the stems can be used to make paper and the seeds are edible and are also rich in oil

• Sunflower seeds are one of nature’s most nutritious foods. They are packed full of healthy unsaturated oils, protein and fibre, plus essential nutrients that help keep your body in peak health

• Sunflower oil is pressed from the seeds of the flower and is yellow in colour with a sweet taste. It is considered equal to olive oil or almond oil for table use

• Sunflowers are annuals which means they only flower once, then die off and new seed must be planted each season

• The town of Emerald in Queensland is a major centre for the growing of sunflowers in Australia and holds a Sunflower Festival around Easter each year

• According to the 2004 Guinness World Records the tallest sunflower in the world was grown in the Netherlands and measured 7.8 metres and the largest sunflower head was recorded in British Columbia and measured 82cm

• Sunflower seeds are high in energy and full of nutrients and therefore make excellent food for birds. You will find sunflower seeds in birdseed mixes, crushed into pig and poultry feed and fed to horses as an energy and coat gloss supplement

• In the 2008/2009 season 56,000 hectares of sunflowers were planted in Australia resulting in 33,000 tonnes of sunflower oil being produced (Australian Oilseeds Federation annual report 08/09)

• Sunflowers have many agronomic advantages. They improve the condition of the soil and are an effective break crop for diseases in winter cereals

• To protect the industry from imported pests and diseases, quarantine laws prohibit the import of sunflower seeds into Australia

• If you suffer from dry skin, try grinding 500g of sunflower seeds with milk until a paste is formed. Apply and leave on your face for about 20 minutes and then remove with warm water

So, we will end this entry here and hope everyone has a great week. We will update as soon as something starts to grow, so you can see the journey of our Sunflower.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Combine Cub Camp with Ingle Farm Cub Pack November 2010

On the weekend of 5th to 7th of November, we accompanied our pack on a combined camp with Ingle Farm Cub Pack. The camp was held at Douglas Scrub Girl Guide Campsite in McLaren Vale and was definitely a very nice campsite for us to camp at. We enjoyed doing the many activities that were planned. There was plenty of food as well as a variety of wildlife to see as well, even a dead black snake for the cubs to see so they knew what not to step on.

The activities included compass activities for the cubs, which counted towards their badge work and it looks like the cubs did most of the requirements for their Bush craft badge as well. Some even did boomerang work, which is awesome for them. Many of the Mawson Lakes Cubs are very keen to earn badges of any description and Akela tries to give the opportunity to do so at every opportunity. Camp is clearly an ideal way to get a lot more done. Except Akela now has to go through all the record books and sheets to update all their badge work. This will keep her busy for a while!

We also enjoyed the fact the cubs got to try out their photography skills as well with the group’s cameras over the weekend. Many are now looking at going for their photography badge (Level One). Akela has offered to put the pictures on a CD for them all so they have them and can print as needed. There is still some work to be done though as they have to take photos in varying light conditions, but we know many are well on the way to getting the badge. Just some more work to be done and we are sure they’ll have fun completing that badge as well.

The cubs did lots of walking, even completing the Boundary walk of Douglas Scrub – Akela now has to organize the certificates for the Cubs. Just looking for the right sort of paper to print them on. The nature trail and Adventure trial were also tackled and handled very well by the cubs.

As you can see from the photos, Wilbur certainly had a great time with the many activities and he came home so dirty that Akela had to wash him in the washing machine when she did her washing! The indignity of it all! It must have been so terrifying for him to have to endure the wash in the washing machine. We are glad that it was only Wilbur that had to endure the washing machine. But he was so brave about it and came through the ordeal very well.

So, until our next adventure report, we hope everyone stays well and enjoys their scouting adventures.

A swing that was made for Wibur

At the start of the nature trail

Checking out where we are heading on the Nature trail

Map of Doublas Scrub - didnt realise it was so big.