Category Archives: Cubs

Cubs Bonfire Night, Saturday 25 July 2015

First Gordon cubs had a wonderful evening on Saturday 25 July at the Baden Powell centre in Pennant Hills, at the Northern District bonfire night.

It  was a gorgeous clear winter’s night and the amphitheatre was alive with campfire singing, marshmallow toasting and a large group of happy cubs.

A big thank you to Bagheera and Akela for leading another exciting activity for our group.

The amphitheatre ready to light the bonfire

The amphitheatre is ready to light the bonfire

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The flame is lit

The flame is lit

1st Gordon led a couple of songs

1st Gordon led a couple of songs

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toasting marshmallows

getting ready to toast marshmallows

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Cubs Air Activities Day in Camden 2 August 2015

On Sunday Aug 2nd, Terri, Mitch, Nicholas, Ollie, Tom, Luke, Ryan, Thierry, Hassan, Hamiee, Zachary, Alwyn, Jaime (scout) and Rhys plus assorted Transport Staff (aka Parents) headed South to Camden Airport. That’s at least one hour of eye-spy on the way.

"1st Gordon, motley crew"

“1st Gordon cubs”

First lesson of the day: No Qantas or Virgin at this airport. What sort of airport is this?

Second lesson: Scouts own four ‘planes! Real ‘planes. Who’d have thought?

Welcome to the Scout Air Activities Centre. “A fair dinkum flight school” we were soon to be told.  Complete with parade ground, flag pole and atypical halls/ huts. And four ‘planes.

Oh. And they have an airport.

We shared the day with a troop from Castle Hill. We divided into groups of three to fit the four seater Cessnas. We took some lessons. Lift, Weight, Thrust and Drag. Pitch, Roll and Yaw. Technical terms were soon rolling off the tongue.

"Hanging on every word"

“Hanging on every word”

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Then came the briefing on the apron. This is a flap. Step here, not here. Push here, and that moves there. Sorted.

"Instructions from Captain George"

“Instructions from Captain George”

Lesson to the hungry. Experienced Air Scout instructors are not keen on morning tea being consumed before flight time. Live with it cubs.

"One two three Woof"

“One two three Woof”

All of this academia was the precursor to twenty minutes in the air with pilot George at the controls of VH-Juliet-Bravo-Charlie. What did you see cubs?: A river, and Warragamba Dam; a bushfire in the Blue Mountains, with flames like lava; mines; and a lot of houses. George was cool. And it wasn’t bumpy at all.

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A great day from an organisation that continues to surprise. Canvas Tents and tin mugs in this parent’s day…

Thanks to Terri for organising, and to the professional crew at Camden.
by Steve (and Nicholas)

Cubs receive Grey Wolf award

Congratulations to Marcus and Yasha achieving their Grey Wolf, the highest award in Cubs.  On 17 February Regional Commissioner, Maureen Finn presented the Cubs with their badges, special woggles and framed certificates. Maureen said it was her first visit to 1st Gordon and she has been Commissioner for 6 years.  Well done boys!

Grey wolf presentation

The Cubs took on the “Leap of faith” challenge at the Baden Powell Centre.

The Cubs took on the “Leap of faith” challenge at the Baden Powell Centre.

With harnesses fitted, they climbed high into a tree and onto a platform – to leap out and catch a trapeze. It was a test of courage – for Cubs and Leaders!

Well done to all Cubs who overcame their fears and met the challenge!

BP Getting Ready

BP Getting Ready