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Scouts Canoeing at SWASH February 2015

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1st Gordon Scouts joined Killara troop for a weekend of canoeing with SWASH in Woolwich in early February.

Both days were hot and sunny and the Scouts were kept busy practicing paddling, performing rescues and developing their water skills.

Scouts learned about water safety and the theory side of canoeing and this was followed by an assessment test.

Everyone enjoyed the races at the conclusion of the course – paddling backwards had everyone cheering each other on! It was a fabulous weekend and all the Scouts were awarded their level 2 canoeing – well done, good effort by all.

We are looking forward to planning some canoeing trips later this year.


Scouts District Camp September 2014

Two patrols from 1st Gordon Scouts attended District Camp at the Cataract Scout Camp in the September school holidays.

Their chosen theme was Commandos.  Our Scouts made a huge effort to dress themselves and their sites accordingly and they worked hard to present tidy, well organised camps. 1st Gordon brought home the prize for the best themed site and costumes!

The competition dinners prepared by the scouts were excellent and the sound of The Last Post drifting up from the 1st Gordon SAS site was just fantastic. 1st Gordon also did well in the Touch Footy Competition.

District Camp Commandos Collage copy 1

The highlight of the camp for the Scouts was Challenge Valley, complete with lots of mud and water!

District Camp Challenge Valley Collage copy 1

Thanks to the Patrol Leaders for organising all provisions, equipment and for leading team work.

Thanks also to the Scout Leaders for giving their time and effort to the group and making these wonderful activities possible.

Glenrock – Easter Camp 2014

We teamed up again with Killara troop for another fantastic Easter at Glenrock Scout camp.  The weather was sunny and warm, perfect for all our water activities.

When we arrived the level of the water in the lagoon was very low and we waded to the beach. Overnight the seas flowed in and filled the lagoon.

The Scouts enjoyed a lesson on African drumming, as well as kayaking, swimming and a red cord walk through the State Conservation Area up to the old railway tunnel.

Dinners of spaghetti bolognaise, roast lamb and hay box stew were popular and the Scouts finished the final day with a Scout’s own and then an Easter egg hunt.



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1st Gordon Open Day

Despite the rain, the Cubs, Scouts and parents had fun entertaining visitors to the Scout Hall on our Open Day in February. Activities including riding the billy carts, crate stacking and hurling water bombs with the ballistas.  Thank you to everyone who came and joined in to make it a great day.

Water Activities Day

The Scouts enjoyed a fantastic day with the SWASH team on Sydney Harbour. Canoeing, sailing and a fun ride to the Harbour Bridge on the zodiacs. The Scouts voted the highlights as the zodiac trip and seeing Dormouse capsize the laser – twice!


Masterchef 2014

Congratulations to the Geckos who took out the 1st Gordon 2014 Masterchef award. Three patrols prepared two course meals for presentation to the judges, before enjoying their own dinner. Yummy feasts comprised schnitzel, spaghetti bolognaise or hamburgers, followed by pancakes, lemon cake or chocolate truffles.masterchef feb 14 masterchef


Up and Coming Events

Dear Parents and Scouts,

Autumn is a busy time in the Scouting calendar. We have 3 big events – so please read the details below and make a note of dates so your Scout does not miss out.

1. District Raft Race – 30 March
This will be held on Narrabeen Lake on Sunday 30 March. We arrive at Narabeen at around 8am to build our raft and then race against the other Ku-ring-gai troops at 10.30am.

I am planning to do a practise on Sunday 23rd March.

I will have an attendance sheet in hall on Friday and will be asking which Scouts can come on 23rd and more importantly, on 30th March.

2. Easter Camp – 18-22 April
We are going to combine with Killara Troop again this year to go to the Scout camp at Glenrock, which is just south of Newcastle.
We camp by a lagoon near the beach – it is a fabulous site. Activities include hiking, canoeing, swimming. Everyone had a great time last year.

Costs have yet to be worked out – it will be in the order of $100-$120 per Scout to cover camp fees and food. We will need to car pool for transport.

For planning purposes, I will need to know by the end of March which Scouts will be attending.

3. ScoutHike 2014 – 2-4 May 
The theme for this year’s ScoutHike is All things Medieval and will be at the Belanglo State forest in the Southern Highlands. This regional event is organised by the Scouts Assoc. The format of the event is as follows:

· Scouts register in patrols during March – and prepare equipment, menus and food beforehand.
· Scouts are bussed from W. Pymble to Belanglo on Friday evening 2 May and camp at a designated ‘sleep point’
· On Saturday, Scouts hike between 28 activity bases laid out through the forest, gaining points as they go. They return to their sleep point to cook dinner and camp.
· On the Sunday morning, Scouts continue visiting activity bases until 12 noon, followed by presentations for the winning patrols.
· Scouts are bussed back to Sydney on Sunday afternoon.

One of our patrols (with Killara) was 11th last year out of some 200 patrols – everyone had a great time. I attach a picture of the 1st Gordon/Killara activity base from last year and our winning patrol.

It is a really important event for building skills in all Scouting activities, such as navigation, teamwork, camping and outdoor cooking. Further details about the even can be found at

Cost is $80 per Scout to register, plus food costs. The registration fee covers the bus transport.

Scouts need to be fit enough to hike about 5km each day carrying a pack with all their equipment – and be ready for a challenge and fun. There are many leaders on site all the time to support the patrols and make sure this is a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.

I need to know who is planning to attend ScoutHike by Friday 14 March, so we can get the discount from early bird registration.

As always if you have any questions on the above, don’t hesitate to contact me!

kind regards
Diane “Dormouse”