Our Cubs came 8th in the Edward Shield

Eleven of our Cubs took part in the Edward Shield on 29 October. This is an annual event for Cubs from all over the Western Cape, and this year we came 8th out of 27 teams, which is our best achievement in the 3 years since we started our Pack. The venue this year was the Oude Molen Eco Village. There were many different activities, including making drums, colouring the South African flag, knots, songs, making a model of the very first Scout camp (held on Brownsea Island in 1907), and making a banner celebrating the 100th birthday of Cubs. 

Setting out for the Edward Shield competition

Setting out for the Edward Shield competition

The cubs build a diorama of the Brownsea Island Scout Camp

Building a diorama of the Brownsea Island Scout Camp

Displaying our "Cubs 100" banner

Displaying our “Cubs 100” banner

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Our Explorer Scouts and the Scouts in America

As part of their Explorer Badge, our scouts are supposed to product a display which must be shown to the public. Usually this takes the form of a pioneering model or a poster, shown at the local library or in a shopping centre. Late last year we were approached by an American Scouter who wanted to exchange video clips of what scouting was like in the two countries. We agreed with the American Scouter that our Explorer Scouts (Michael, Emily and Daniel) would be responsible for producing the clip. We finally exchanged the clips in late March via YouTube. Michael, Emily and Daniel put in many hours of editing work to produce a high quality clip (approximately 3 full days of editing). They had a lot of fun while doing it but watching them at work, it was clear that there was a substantial amount of effort being put into editing, voiceovers and concepts. We are impressed with the quality of the final product and were interested to see the corresponding clip from America.

Our clip can be seen here and the clip from America can be seen here. All in all we think this was a great effort from scouts in both countries and definitely something a bit different from a local display.

 

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Orienteeering 2015

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Liam Fieggen, Michael Knight, Tilman Oelgeschlager and Daniel LeJeune consult their map

For the first time in 3 years we entered the Regional Orienteering competition which this year was held at Century City. We entered 4 junior teams and 2 senior teams and were certainly one of the biggest troops present. The competition required, rather disappointingly, minimal map work and relied more on physical fitness than on the combination of map work, compass skills and physical fitness that usually characterises orienteering. Although the ability to work out the sequence of points to get to was a skill to be acquired, we would have liked to see more reliance on mapping and compasses. Be that as it may, our teams took part enthusiastically which was good to see.  Our senior teams came 2nd in the senior division and overall we came 3rd. This is an excellent result which, if nothing else, shows that we have enthusiastic and committed scouts who are prepared to try out new scouting activities.

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Summer Work Party

External
Item Supplies/ Equipment Needed
Clean roof gutters Ladder, trowel, gloves
Check and clean stormwater lines (gutter and pipes below ground) Hose pipe, gloves
Trim the pepper tree on the corner of Thelma Road Lopper, shears, step ladder
Trim branches on plane tree that obstruct new floodlight Saw, ladder
Cut grass Weed eater, 30m extension lead
Trim hedge and shrubs on the bowling green boundary, add to compost heap Lopper, shears, step ladder
Weed and tidy the front garden Weeding fork, gloves, rake, hoe
Sweep leaves, add to compost heap Rake
Clear vagrant litter behind Vibacrete/ at bowling green gate and take to the Wynberg tip Rake, gloves, bages, bakkie
Remove rubble in alley to Wynberg tip Heavy duty bags, bakkie
Tidy the alley and undercover storage area
Add garden refuse to compost heap, cut branches to small size
Chop all wood into firewood
Build vegetable garden Wood, compost, soil
Check that plug on stage still works (behind cupboard)
Trim trees in front to hedge height
Weed grass areas Weeding fork
Internal
Item Supplies/ Equipment Needed
Sweep cobwebs off inside of hall (with long handled pool brush) Pool brush
Clean Scouters and PL Dens (wipe down, dust, vacuum, clean windows) Bucket, cloth, duster, soap, Handy Andy, Windolene, vacuum cleaner
Clean kitchen Bucket, cloth, soap, Handy Andy, Windolene
Fix plaster in basement – inside door and in pillars Ready mix mortar, mixing bucket, trowel
Paint pillars in basement White Paint
Fit handles and latch onto kitchen cupboard under sink Drill
Clean stage Brooms
Sweep basement Brooms
Tidy Cub cupboards
Clean bins
Equipment
Item Supplies/ Equipment Needed
Sort poles
Paint staves Patrol colours Paint
Label equipment Spray paint/ template/ Labels
Inventory Equipment Equipment list

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Gordon Shield 2015

For the first time in many years and possibly in 107 years we entered two teams into Gordon Shield.IMG_1603 It was substantially more demanding and expensive to enter two teams, both in equipment and organisation but we felt the effort was more than worth it. As is the norm, the competition was held at Hawequas with chief judge being the Deputy Regional Commissioner, Charles Prince.The theme was Great Explorers and the competition was rated by experienced scouts as substantially more demanding than prior years. There were 37 teams in contention in this 100th Gordon Shield. IMG_1602After a 4 week training program focusing on teamwork and leadership both our teams arrived safely and were soon in the thick of the competition which followed the usual format.

 

The competition was very smoothly run and was a busy one from a judging point of view with less time than usual to socialise with other judges but very enjoyable. The weather was by and large some of the best in the lIMG_1596ast few years with unseasonably warm temperatures. There was some wind in the night and a few spots of rain but nothing to dampen the spirits of the scouts. In terms of final results one of our teams came a superb 3rd overall (the first time in 21 years we have achieved such a
high score) eclipsing our recent best of 4th two years ago.
The gap from 1st to 3rd was 42 points which is a substantial gap. The other team came an excellent 11th, a mere 1 point behind 10th and 2 points from 9th. In fact less than 10 points separated 11th from 6th position. These results far exceeded our expectations and the patrols can justly be very proud of their results.IMG_1605

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Table Mountain 4 Day Hike

Taking advantage of a rare 4 day holiday in winter when SMC hut was available, we commenced the hike at 14h00 from Constantia Nek, going up the Bel Ombre Route. Heavy rain was forecast for at least one day of the hike and the weather was cold but not wet on the first day. The route up Bel Ombre was an interesting route with great views over Orange Kloof and swirling clouds to liven the experience. We made the Jeep Track at a reasonable time but with cold weather and a clear route, the fast hikers went ahead with the key while the slower hikers came along behind. This did give us a fantastic sunset viewIMG_1330 with clouds and sun combining to give a sunset not often seen on the mountain. In the distance we could hear the siren closing the cable car – a kind of eerie feeling knowing that everyone else was leaving the mountain.

We all made it to the hut as darkness fell and settled in with a fire. Michael introduced the scouts to a new game to pass the time and we did a bit of compass and mapping training.

Sunday weather proved to be pretty cloudy but we set off quite late for Tranquility Cracks which we found fairly easily and after some exploration had and early lunch at an out of the wind spot. From there we hiked towards Grootkop but the clouds thickened and after a time we decided to turn back as visibility was minimal. Back at the hut we had an early supper and then went out for a night walk around the dams – a pleasant if cold experience.

Monday weather was somewhat wetter, it having rained in the night and the clouds were still low. Since it was not actually raining however, we packed bags and went to Rendevouz Cave. From there we meandered through the Valley of the Red Gods, the Valley of Isolation and worked our way round through Echo Valley back to the hut for a late lunch. After lunch, the scouts followed a basic orienteering course, practising their compass work until darkness fell. IMG_1303We visited the Hike Leaders Badge participants who were staying at the Peoples Hut and cadged some candles since the solar powered batteries were not recharging fully. Some discussion on hiking equipment rounded off the day.

Tuesday dawned still cloudy and we opted to take the quick route down Constantia Nek in the hope that we would get down before getting rained on. As it turned out we ended up getting deluged in the last 30 minutes of the hike, such that water poured out of our boots. We found out later that Cape Town had been rained on extensively over the weekend while on the mountain it stayed dry… which made for a great 4 day hike!

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Groot Winterhoek 2015

We arrived at Veepos in the Groot Winterhoek for the start of the 2015 senior scout 2 night hike in May. Thus far the winter was dry and we were carrying no tents. Travel time from Cape Town was approximately 2.5 hours due to heavy mist on some roads. The weather was slightly overcast but cool and ideal hiking weather. IMG_1130.jpgAt 10h00 we were kitted up and we followed the path down to the left, heading towards Groot Kliphuis and our ultimate destination of Perdevlei. We hiked at a steady pace, stopping every 45 minutes or so for a short break and passing through the fascinating rock formations that make this section of the Groot Winterhoek such an interesting place to be. The route ends up emerging onto the plain from the valley and there are two very indistinct options at this point. One is to turn left onto the plain and pick up a path/ jeep track which heads over the plain towards Groot Kliphuis. The other is to hug the hills on your right and follow the path over rolling hill.

Somewhat inadvertently we stayed right and at about 14h30 we crested a hill to find ourselves looking down on Groot Kliphuis on our left with Groot Winterhoek peak itself off to our right and ahead. Clearly we were several hours ahead of ourselves compared to the previous year. We found this route to be considerably more interesting than hiking over the plain.

With time to reach Perdevlei we skirted Groot Kliphuis, picked up the jeep track and headed into the unknown with only our trusty 1:50 000 map to guide us. What followed was a sharp uphill with a seemingly never ending series of very sharp ups – a IMG_1161.jpgdemanding step at the end of the day. Eventually we reached the top and found ourselves looking down on Perdevlei via a sharp drop, not as bad as Arangieskop but still pretty difficult at the end of 20 kms hiking. It is difficult to believe that any car could travel this road. The path is very overgrown which restios higher than 2m in the middle and some serious ankle turning terrain. After some 45 minutes we eventually reached the lone oak tree at the bottom (the path went straight to the oak tree), it now being 17h00.

A quick scout around revealed no water. Twenty minutes of bundu bashing revealed at river some 200 meters from the tree, an emergency shelter and, after some scratching around, the very overgrown remains of the jeep track leading back to the oak tree. Disdaining the emergency shelter, we slept under the oak tree, at least 10 kms from any other person. Perdevlei itself is the most fantastic place, located in a bowl of mountains. It is quite clear that these are fold mountains and it is easy to see where the earth cracked when the fold mountains were raised. The remoteness and the clear lack of many visitors makes this a special place. Clearly more people are visiting Perdevlei from the De Tronk side as the path is more clearly defined but they would appear to staying at the emergency shelter as the path from the emergency shelter is very overgrown and in a few years will have completely disappeared.

After a pretty cold night breakfast was held at the emergencyIMG_1277.jpg shelter due to its proximity to water and thereafter we set off down the valley towards De Tronk, passing through largely burnt land. Some regeneration is taking place with green sprouts coming up here and there but largely we hiked through a wasteland. It was only a kilometer or so away from De Tronk that we passed into green and growing fynbos. We reached De Tronk at about 14h30 and after a rest (for some anyway) we walked down to Die Hel where the insane had a swim. Back to De Tronk and the trusty oak tree, supper and an early night.

The last day dawned with fine weather and we packed up and headed up the river, leaving from De Tronk at 08h50 and reaching the cars at 14h00 with a mandatory stop for a swim at the rock pool and lunch before the final ridge. A fantastic 3 day hike. We’ll be back…

Check out the full album of photos under the 2015 photo gallery.

 

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Scouting Hero

We also received this from the National Office:

“On Africa Scout Day we celebrate Scouting in Africa, However we would like to ask all Cubs, Scouts, Rovers and Scouters to nominate their “Scouting Hero”! Nominate a Cub, Scout, Rover, your Scouter, a friend of Scouting or a parent who has gone out of their way to be of service to others. Deadline Nominations: 13 March 2015.

Reply to the answers below and email to info@scouts.org.za

  • Name and surname nominee:
  • Scout Group:
  • Position in Scouting:
  • Reason for nominating as a Scout Hero:
  • Contact details nominee: cell and email
  • Nominated by:”

 

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Grants for community projects

We have received this information from the National office:

“A Scout‘s duty is to be useful and help others. It is in this light that SCOUTS South Africa received support from the Alan Sol Foundation for our Messengers of Peace Programme.

SCOUTS South Africa encourages Scout Groups, in good standing, nationwide to apply for a MoP Grant to implement a community project for an amount up to R4,000.

2015 MOP service projects cover five categories: Food for Life (Agricultural skills development), Global Warming and Climate Change, Renewable Energy (Reduce, reuse, recycle), Access to clean drinking water, Biodiversity conservation.

More info: http://scouts.org.za/mop-grants-for-scout-groups/

Application form: http://scouts.org.za/scouts/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Application-Form_Grant-2015.docx “

If any scouts want to implement a suitable community service project and need money, you are encouraged to apply after discussion with the scouters.

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A Full Scout Troop

Due to growth in numbers we are temporarily unable to accept new children in the scout troop. We do have a waiting list but cannot guarantee when a place might be offered. We regret that this is necessary. Please contact us to discuss the options.

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