Smoke Signals 2020: Edition 1

We started 2020 with a full calendar and great plans, and ended the term in lock down! Quite a change, bringing with it both challenges and opportunities for our scouts and cubs.

1st Claremont is in the remarkable position of having 4 of our senior scouts hoping to become Springbok scouts, and many of our activities in 2019 and in the first quarter of 2020 were based around helping them achieve this. Rebecca and Thomas ran the Annual Camp jointly in fulfillment of their Springbok camp – read about it here. Natasha ran her Springbok camp for an enthusiastic group at Appleton in January.

Matthew Gammon completed his Springbok hike – thereby completing his Springbok award.

A highlight of every year is caving – read about the Kalk Bay Caving here – and kloofing – see some videos and photos of the recent kloofing in Bobejaanskloof here.

After winning the HV Marsh Award for Journalism, 1st Claremont Scouts continued on our winning streak when we entered two teams in the prestigious Rayner Hiking Competition – read about how we fared here.

Our scouts also completed various badge, including lifesaving and swimming.

Our Cubs as always remain active – read up about the activities from term one here – and this is in part due to the dedication of the leadership team: read about our Akela’s journey here.

And as always – our committee notes and, as we all sit in lock down in these unusual and challenging times, our Scouter’s reflects on the importance of having guiding principles to help navigate the way here.

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