Richlands-Forest Lake Scout Group update

by Rosella

August has been an action packed month at Richlands – Forest Lake Scout Group. Our very first activity for the month was our annual tree planting day with Inala Bushcare Group as part of our Messenger of Peace project.

After a marathon effort putting 250 plants in the ground, our youth enjoyed a well earned morning tea before finding more energy to spend some time exploring the playground at Kev Hooper Park. It is amazing to see the fruits of our labours from previous years and what a difference it has made to the area.

Our Joeys started the monthly meetings with a campfire cooking night where they cooked sausages and marshmallows over the coals. The following week we were lucky enough to have a visit from our local wildlife carer, Lana. The Joeys were equally fascinated and terrified as Lana brought out reptiles including bearded dragon, tortoise and water python.

Next up was a visit to Allawah campgrounds where the Cubs and Scouts were doing a skills camp. The Joeys joined in for the day, learning how to tie a reef knot, helping to make bush shelters and then all had a great time grass tobogganing on cardboard boxes before closing parade where we invested our two newest members Andy and Eathen.

Meanwhile the Cub Scouts spent a couple of weeks designing and creating daggers and shields ready for their medieval night before they showed up to join the Scouts for a weekend of intensive skills training including cooking on gas and fire, learning about safety and first aid, compass and navigation, fire lighting and pioneering.

We were so excited to present Annaliese with her Level 2 Swimmer, Annabelle with her Silver Boomerang and Declan was most excited to be appointed as the new Sixer for Tawny Six. Along with many memories, all who attended camp earned a pile of badges including our new Outdoor Adventure Skills badges for Bushcraft Stage 2 and Camping Stage 3, and the Cubs also earned Level 2 First Aider and Bushcraft.

Following camp our Joeys and Cubs met up at the awesome Darra BMX facility to complete their OAS Stage 1 Cycling badges. The Scouts and Venturers preferred a quieter approach and headed for the local McDonalds to hold their monthly Unit meetings where they planned activities for the coming month.

Our Joeys final meeting night was spent designing and creating planes as part of the ‘Flight’ themed Scouts in Action Month. The Cubs finally had the chance to use their daggers, shields and an inventive variety of other objects to have their Medieval night including a feast.

To finish up the month we had a ‘Southbank Adventure Big Day Out’. Using ferries, feet and City Cats for transport, we visited the Spark Lab at the Science Centre before heading to New Farm Park for a BBQ lunch and tree climbing adventure and then headed back to Southbank to enjoy the Snow 4 Kids activity. Youth members earned AOS Alpine Stage 1 badges while enjoying the ‘snow’ before heading back on the ferry tired and happy to meet their parents and head home.

You can check out all of the photos on our facebook page: Richlands – Forest Lake Scout Group. September promises to be just as exciting as our youth build memories and forge friendships. Why not come and join the adventure?

For more information on how to join Scouts contact our Group Leader Rosella on 0402 308 182. For anybody interested in seeing photos of some of our activities, or if you are considering joining Scouts, please visit our website or facebook page.

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