Sunday, June 19, 2016

Cub Leadership Course 2016

Today was another early start. But the program was not as full as it was for Saturday. The program covered some scouting skills, such as tent pitching, compass work and first aid.

 We managed to get a look at what they were doing, after we had swept out the dorm area of Seeonee Hills – the Cubs had already moved their gear out, so it was a good chance to do it while they were out and doing the final activities.

 Once the sessions were over and done with, it was time for a quick check that everything was claimed and final flag parade, just as the parents were arriving. The certificates were given out and then everyone was free to go.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

This morning was a bit of an early and cool start to the day. The Cubs were up and ready early, which is quite normal for camp!

 Today on the program, they covered practical skills (Flag rolling and breaking, Running a game, care of Uniform – this was run by our very own Akela, and Grand Howl). They also looked at – What is a Sixer / Second, What makes a Good Sixer / Second, and the promise and law...

 In the afternoon, Working together looked at Circle Game (again, run by Akela and it certainly got the cubs thinking), Problem solving, and we wrapped the day up with a heap of skits and songs, which the cubs all enjoyed and worked really hard on.

 The weather was also reasonable and certainly didn’t rain when we needed to be outside.

It was certainly a full on day and the cubs were really glad to retire to bed, while the leaders had a much needed break.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Cub Leadership Course

Tonight, Akela, Taquim and I headed to Seeonee Hills for the Cub Leadership Course. There was a light fog on the way up.

Once we arrived, it was a case of straight into it into the 1st activity, which was followed by a night walk. A few cubs were dubious about the night walk, but once it was started, enjoyed the walk and chance to get out and about. It was certainly a experience for several cubs to have a walk at night in strange surrounds.

Once back, it was time to get ready for bed and settled for the night. It took a while for the cubs to settle (it was the 1st night of camp after all). But once done, it was time for the leaders to finally get into bed and get some much needed sleep before the cubs decide to get up to early in the morning.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

100 yrs of Cubs and South Africa

As many people reading this blog will now, 2016 is the 100th year of Cub Scouts. Many of the activities we are doing this year are in celebration of the 100 years of Cubs.

Akela saw the following link on a facebook group and thought it looked interesting. SO we are sharing here to show what other countries are doing to celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouting around the world.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

BC Challenge - 100 Trees planted

Today, the Cub Pack went Tree Planting. The aim was to plant 100 trees, as apart of the BC Challenge for the 100 yrs of Cub Scouting. Akela and I have written about this challenge on here. Part Three of the challenge is to do at least two of the following:

  • Make a list of "geocaches found", then log 100 entries by individuals
  • Plant 100 trees
  • Sight and record 100 animals/birds
  • Identify and record 100 plants
Today’s activity was achieved – planting 100 trees.

We MUST thank Friends of Pledger Wetlands for organizing the trees for us as well as turning up to support us in this challenge (Akela had said she was more than willing to link into their regular tree planting day, but they were more than happy to organize a extra day of tree planting). The support this group provides to the Cub Pack is truly appreciated by everyone.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Leadership Oppotunities

While we have a focus on Wilbur and his activities with the Cub Pack, it is worth noting the role that adults play within Scouting.

Scouts Australia offers fantastic training opportunities to those that want to become Leaders or Adult Helpers of our Scouting youth.

Once you start your journey to become involved as a Leader or Adult Helper, you will have access to eLearning and Practical courses as well as hands on learning in each Section, supported by others who have a wealth of Scouting and Leadership knowledge.

Following your training and watching the youth in your pack/troop/unit grow as a result of your ability to apply what you have learnt, the next best feeling is watching another adult also learn from you. Passing on your skills and seeing others finally ‘get it’ can be a very rewarding experience, as this article explains.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Queensland Cuboree

Some of my previous entries have been around South Australian Cuborees (2011 and 2014), and the 2011 ACT Cuboree.

The ACT and South Australia are just two states who have Cuborees. They are also held in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. All are different, but are essentially the same.

For those reading the blog and are interested,  information about the Queensland Cuboree can be found at -