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Bunnings Fundraising BBQ on Sunday 19th May

Hello Cub and Scout parents,
Our scout group has been lucky enough to secure the sausage sizzle fundraising spot on Sunday 19th May at Bunnings Chatswood. This is a great opportunity to raise money for the group to go towards maintenance of the hall and purchasing equipment.
I am in charge of organising volunteers to run the BBQ on the day. Many hands make light work so I hope that you can all chip in and help. We are required to operate it from 8am until at least 4pm. I am proposing that we have four shifts of 2 hours with a little over-lap to allow for handover:
We need four adults per shift. I will be there for set-up and a few hours in the morning.
Please let me know which shift you are able to do. If you are flexible let me know so that gaps in the roster can be filled.
All the supplies and equipment will be arranged but you may like to bring an apron.
The Bunnings guidelines state that kids are not allowed to handle the food but they are able to take orders and get drinks etc. I would encourage scouts and cubs to come along in uniform and help out at that stall as it receives a very positive response from the public. In past years I have found this fundraiser easy and rewarding. It only gets tricky if you’re under-staffed so hopefully if we all do our bit that won’t be an issue.
The store address is:
Bunnings Warehouse Chatswood
Cnr Gibbes & Smith St
Chatswood NSW 2067
See link below for google map reference:
I look forward to hearing from you all soon.
Many thanks,
Hugh Wells

Scouts – Friday 5th April 2013

Our term 1 program included a wide game with the Cubs on Tuesday 2 April. However, due to the Easter camp and too much on, we have decided to withdraw from this. We will organise a joint activity with Cubs next Term.

Our next meeting is Friday 5 April – Peter and Raphie are organising a night hike for the Troop.

Shock Defeat of Masterchef Favourites

The more experienced Leaders group was beaten by the Scouts group in a closely fought competition on Friday night.

The Leaders won with their main course of Butter Chicken, which was perfectly cooked (though some might say it didn’t follow the classic receipt by being over spices).

While the Leaders desert of chocolate truffles was first class, it was beaten by the sheer quality and presentation of the Scouts piklets with syrup and fruit.

Friday Night Bike Ride On? – Not On

Unfortunately the weather is looking awful for Friday evening – and we will probably have to cancel the twilight bike ride. However, we can defer it to next week – and bring forward the raft building practice in the hall.
That was a good call as it was raining and windy by 8pm!

Mark Raftery Tribute

First Gordon Scout Group sadly notes the passing of Mark Raftery, enthusiastic Scout Dad of Annabel and former committee member. Mark died peacefully on Sunday January 22nd after a prolonged illness. All of our thoughts are with Annabel and her family.

X-Ray Recycling

First Gordon Scouts are collecting X-rays for recycling. We have a large wheelie bin in the hall and will happily take any size and any quantity of x-rays from you, your friends and relatives. Thex-ray films are sent to a firm in Sydney that recycles the plastic and recovers the silver and other chemicals from the films. The same applies to old film negatives so if you have any of these then feel free to drop them under the door of the hall.

For bulk deliveries or pickups please contact our Group Leader at

For this service and for helping the environment the Scouts earn a small fee of approximately $35.00 per 100kg of film.

Image thanks to Michael Dorausch.

If you are concerned about privacy issues then you can or we will simply cut any names off anyx-rays before they are deposited in the wheelie bin.