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1st Gordon Practice Camp

1st Gordon held their annual practice camp at the Scout hall in preparation for District Camp. We had a busy time assembling the dining fly and table and building camp gadgets.

Our mystery guest on Saturday night for our 3 course dinner was Bear.  We started with healthy vegetable and dips, then beef and lamb with 3 vegetables (roasted over fires in dutch ovens), followed by apple crumble and custard.

Well done Scouts, it was a great weekend, we managed to impress Bear and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Dormouse

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1st Gordon Scout Hall Cleanup

Dear Parents, Scouts and Cubs

We are doing a Scout Hall clean-up on Sunday 4 August.  Please come along and assist – we need to:

  •        Give the hall a good clean and tidy inside (further to the excellent work done in March)
  •        Sort out rubbish, old equipment and furniture for disposal
  •        Trim the trees and shrubs behind the hall

This work will be really important to ensure that our hall is a pleasure to use each week, our equipment is stored properly and also that it presents well to visitors.  I am also applying for a State Government Grant for some funding to improve our security lighting and also ventilation beneath the hall.  Our efforts to maintain our hall will be included in my submission.

Scouts – come along on Sunday 4th and paint your dens!

Also, for your information, our hall has been attacked by graffiti-ists over the April and July school holidays.  It is an absolute mess.  Turramurra Rotary have kindly volunteered to clean the graffiti and repaint.  Many thanks to the Dillon and Walker families who are going to be onsite this Friday to assist the Rotary team.  We will also owe Turramurra Rotary a huge thank you – the clean up would cost thousands of dollars if we had to pay.

So, please put 4 August in your diaries – for some work, fun and of course, sausage sizzle!

Regards

Dormouse

Scouts Friday 19th July 2013

Dear Parents and Scouts

I hope you have all had fun over the school holidays – our first Scout meeting for this term will be on Friday evening.

Please wear full uniform and bring $2  (plus a raincoat if it is still showery).

I look forward to seeing you all.

 

Cheers

Dormouse

Blue Cord Hike Report – June 2013

Last weekend, we went on my blue cord hike. Sophie, Sam, Matt, Conor and I went and we all had great fun! We left on Saturday morning to go to Tea Gardens and we arrived at about 12:00pm. We stopped off at Dormouse’s house for sausage rolls and then we headed off towards the start of our hike.

 

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At around about 1:00pm, we were on our way, walking along the wet and muddy 4WD track towards the beach. After getting to the beach and walking along it for what seemed like ages, we found a fisherman who we asked for directions because we were a little unsure of how far we had to walk until we had to turn off to get to the campsite. As we were talking to the man, Sam cut his finger which we cleaned up quickly and the fisherman caught a fish that was quite big. We got a scare as we were thanking the man for his kindness when we saw a dog in the bushes. It seemed to be following us so we asked the man if it was his dog and he said that it was a wild dingo!

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When we arrived at the campsite, it was getting dark so we wasted no time getting dinner cooked and our tents up. By the time that we were eating our delicious meal of mac cheese and tuna (pasta and sauce for Sam), it was raining quite heavily so we put our rain coats on and our packs in our tents. Dessert was roasted marshmallows which was really yummy. We then washed up our plates and had an early night. It took me a while to get to sleep because it was raining really heavily.

When we got up the next morning, we packed our tents away even though they were soaking, ate a scrumptious breakfast of pikelets, an up and go and nutrigrain, said goodbye to Dormouse and headed towards the beach where we were going to continue. Because it had rained so heavily, all of our tracks had been washed away from the day before so all that was left was the tracks made by animals that morning. We found many, many dingo tracks and some wallaby tracks as well. We started to follow some dingo tracks that were going the same way as us until the dingo’s tracks turned around a sand dune away from where we were going. We also saw the tracks of a whole pack of dingos! The pack consisted of at least a large dingo, a smaller dingo and a tiny, baby dingo.

So far, we had been very lucky with weather because it hadn’t rained much but by about 10:00am, it was pouring. We all got soaked! After a while, the rain stopped for long enough for us to warm up and dry off.

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When we got to Dark Point (Little Gibber) we had our lunch which was wraps with Nutella, Vegemite, baby bells, twiggy sticks and salami as well as a bag of lollies between us and then we continued on our way. At the sand dunes, we stopped to play for a while. We had races to see who could roll down the hill the quickest and we took heaps of photos.

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As we were leaving, it started to pour. We were all drenched in minutes and quite cold. We headed quickly off the sand dunes to a car park hoping to find shelter but after having no luck, we continued walking.

We walked along a track through the bush for a while until we reached a stream that we needed to cross. The stream was small but not small enough to jump over. There was a wooden plank that was placed through the stream to help us get across but when I stepped on it, it slipped so we had to fix it. We all got safely across in the end and we had no one fall in which was lucky because the water looked yellow and gross.

When we reached Mungo Brush Road, we were all wet, cold, tired and miserable so we decided to ring Dormouse to let her know about how we were going. She said that she would come and meet with us to check how everything was going. When Dormouse arrived, we decided that it was too wet and cold to continue so we all hopped into the car and drove back to Dormouse’s house where we had a movie marathon with popcorn and lollies, a warm shower and fish and chips for dinner. By then, we were very warm and happy.

At around 8:30pm, we went off to bed feeling warm, happy and comfortable. We all slept very well that night.

In the morning, we watched another movie whilst eating breakfast. We had what we didn’t eat the day before which included pikelets, an up and go and nutrigrain. When we had finished eating and the movie was over we made sure that we had everything and we did some cleaning.

Next, we decided that we would go on a walk and get an ice cream. I had a bubblegum flavoured ice cream which was delicious. We continued walking but we stopped every now and then to skim rocks on the water. I cut my finger on an oyster but we still had lots of fun.

When we got back to Dormouse’s house, we had lunch which was wraps and we watched Sea Patrol on TV until Matt’s mum arrived to take Sam and Matt home. I stayed behind with Sophie and Conor to help pack the trailer and finish tidying up.

Once all of the tidying was done, we went to see Sophie and Conor’s grandparents. We all enjoyed ourselves especially Tuesday who was Sophie and Conor’s grandparent’s dog when we gave her a walk by the water.

Then, we said goodbye and went back to Dormouse’s house again to collect everything that we needed to take back with us.

When we arrived home, it was about 6:30pm and I was very tired from the long and tiring weekend.

Overall, I think that everyone who came on the hike did very well and that everyone should be very proud of their efforts especially Conor who came on this hike even though he is still a cub.

Avril Ambrose

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Observatory Visit Report

Last friday on the 7th of June, 1st Gordon scouts went to the observatory. We learnt many
things about planets and stars such as how to ?nd the southern cross and scorpius in the
night sky.

Because we have a small troop, we invited 1st Killara scouts to join us. Together,
we had a very fun (and late) night.

At the observatory, we looked through 2 different
telescopes. One that was so old that we were not allowed to touch it and another that was
new. The newer telescope was amazing because it could ?nd things in the night sky by
itself.

Just before we left, we watched a 3D video on the sun and what will happen to it in
billions of years time. Because we watched that video, we missed our train back by 2
minutes! That was very annoying but it meant that we had 10 minutes to buy soft drink.
When we ?nally got on the train to go home, we were all exhausted but some snakes sorted
us out and in a matter of minutes, we were all talking happily until the sad moment came
when we had to say goodbye to Killara scouts at Killara station. When we got to Gordon
station, our parents were waiting to take us home after a long and exiting night at the
observatory.

Avril

 

Scouts – Our visit to the Sydney Observatory

Our visit to the Observatory coincided with the Vivid Festival. We watched a spectacular light show playing across the buildings around Circular Quay and on the Opera House.

We were lucky – the skies cleared and the Scouts had fun viewing the night sky through the old telescope (circa 1858) and also the new telescope.

We looked at the Christmas tree cluster, a colourful collection of stars 2,600 light-years from the Earth, a blue planetary nebula and also had a great viewing of Saturn.

We enjoyed a movie “Bigger than Big” in the 3D cinema and contemplated what will happen to Earth when the Sun explodes in about 3.5 billion years’ time.

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ScoutHike 2013

We joined with Killara Troop to make up some joint patrols for ScoutHike in the Wingello State Forest from 3-5 May. This is a competitive event with the patrols carrying all their gear for two days as they race to as many of the 28 activity bases as they can to win points. Over 1,000 Scouts from Sydney Northern region participated and there were close to 400 volunteers organising and running the event.

The theme was “all things nautical”.  Our activity base was HMAS Paterson, which was a minesweeper in WWII and our allotted theme was “shipwrecked”.  We had Scouts constructing a dunny for the captain, racing down the track to collect mines in a replica of Paterson, filtering dirty water (cordial), making a shelter and lighting a fire with flint and steel. About 75 patrols came through our base over the weekend.

The Tassie Tigers patrol which included 1st Gordon Scouts Sophie Maher and Matt Walker, came 11th overall of 200 Patrols, winning a Gold award. This was a fantastic achievement in endurance, planning, enthusiasm and team work.  The Emus with Raphie Giles got a Silver placing – also a terrific result. Killara’s third patrol was also well placed with a Bronze award

Scouts- Friday 10th May 2013

We are in the hall on Friday evening for our first meeting of Term 2.

The Troop Council (PLs and APLs) will meet from 6.30pm – 7.30pm to put together the Term program.

At the full meeting from 7.30pm we will get some feedback on Scouthike and plan our skills building sessions for the next couple of months.  My aim is to have all Scouts working on their Blue/Explorer or Green/Adventurer Awards by the end of this term.

This will ensure we are ready to welcome the keen Cub Scouts who are due to move up to Scouts in the second half of the year.

We have formed some firm friendships with Killara Troop this year – and they are hoping to continue joint activities with us – camping, hiking, outings and patrol activities in hall.

Congratulations to Sophie and Matt and their patrol ‘Tassie Tigers’ for achieving a Gold Award at Scouthike last weekend. A fantastic achievement.  Well done also to Raphie and his fellow patrol members in the Emus who managed a Silver placing despite losing points with an unwell patrol member.

See you on Friday evening!

Diane